The longest-running modern and contemporary art event in Italy, Arte Fiera 2023, from 3 to 5 February in Bologna, is renewed.
The event returns to the established dates and in its historic spaces – pavilions 25 and 26 – associated with this appointment for decades, and will use the Constitution entrance, the gateway to the exhibition center towards the city center. Built in 1964 as part of the first nucleus of BolognaFiere, the two pavilions were the focus of a profound restyling, becoming the most elegant and recognizable in the entire district.
Enea Righi managing director
The 2023 edition also marks a change in governance. Simone Menegoi, confirmed for the fourth edition in the role of artistic director, is joined by Enea Righi as managing director.
Born in 1956, from Bologna, known internationally as one of the leading Italian collectors of contemporary art, he brings his in-depth knowledge of the art world and his managerial skills to Arte Fiera 2023. Righi will have the task of coordinating some crucial aspects for the success of the event, focusing in particular on the visitor experience.
The arrival of Righi is the first sign of a decisive change of pace for the event, which embarks on a path of investment and renewal on various fronts. The news will concern the communication and care of VIP guests, content and partnerships. A renewal that looks to 2024, when we will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the first art fair to have opened its doors in our country and among the very first in Europe.
In this perspective, Arte Fiera 2023 www.artefiera.it relaunches its partnership with Art City, the Bolognese Art Week circuit. The 2023 edition, therefore, will be accompanied as usual by exhibitions and events coordinated by Lorenzo Balbi, director of MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna.
The new curators
The Main Section, divided as always between historicized and contemporary art, will be joined by three curated sections by invitation. These are Photography and moving images, Painting XXI and the newcomer Multipli, open to galleries, publishers and specialized bookstores, which will offer works in edition.
Finally, alongside the curated sections, a new format for Arte Fiera 2023: the thematic itinerary Path.
News also among the curators. The Photography and Moving Images section is entrusted to Giangavino Pazzola, curator of Camera – Italian Center for Photography (Turin); Multipli is curated by Lisa Andreani and Simona Squadrito, founders of the Replica project – Italian artist’s book archive. Davide Ferri, independent critic and curator, is confirmed by the curator of Paint XXI.