ArteFiera and Art City Bologna 2017

Image courstesy of Arte Fiera.


NERO will participate in the upcoming Arte Fiera: International Exhibition of Modern and Contemporary Art with a range of old an new titles. Now in its 41st edition, ArteFiera set for an updated edition under the new direction of Angela Vettese. From January 27 – 30 January 2017, the longest running event for modern and contemporary Italian art will be bringing a number of new developments to the pavilions of BolognaFiere.

The new layout for Arte Fiera 2017 will develop across two large pavilions of the Bologna Exhibition Centre and will include a main section and a series of solo shows. The two sections will involve 153 galleries, to which can be added those curatorial galleries with a small section of new proposals curated by Simone Frangi, entitled Nueva Vista and dedicated to artists considered worthy of a new critical reinterpretation, not only young artists. Nueva Vista is designed in order to shed light within a commercial context on the balancing point between discourse and saleability of emerging artistic research, between a critical process and formalization, between planning commitment in social and political spheres and sustainability.
The section Special Projects, conceived and curated by Chiara Vecchiarelli, will bring performance to the Fair, the MAMbo Museum, the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio and the city’s science museums with a series of Artist Lectures — performative artworks in the form of lectures, but also lessons and guided tours — articulated in Time Specific Artist Lectures, that will explore the relationship between the contemporary and the history of art by inhabiting a temporal dialogue between artworks, and Site Specific Artist Lectures, in which the dialogue will play between the artists and the collections of the museums, with their modes of framing and unframing knowledge.
A photography section is curated by Angela Vettese. Arte Fiera 2017 is undertaking an experiment that sheds light on the independent world of photography and art in an attempt not to trace a borderline between the disciplines but rather to find a shared space between the two. The experiment aims to propose, within a consolidated art fair, a moment dedicated to production and discussion for experts from the sector, authors and students.

In order to transform this position into a visible product with which the public can interact, Arte Fiera has organized four particular situations: GENDA exhibition – The Body As Packaging, an independent publishing and curatorial project that collects contributions from Chinese and Western artists in order to produce and verify the existence of a reciprocal dialogue; also welcoming visitors at the entrance will be Printville, the bookshop curated by A+Mbookstore with Humboldt Books that intends to show the very latest contemporary Italian and foreign productions in the world of art and photography: an innovative space presenting rare books to consult and leftovers from the König bookshop in Cologne alongside a more ordinary selection of books and art catalogues; Talks, a series of encounters with authors, curators, editors, gallery owners and collectors to discuss the question of the contemporary project, and how collaboration, translations and the many languages of independent production have found space within the institutions and the market.

Alongside the exhibition at Arte Fiera 2017, from 27 – 29 January, the fifth edition of Art City Bologna will also take place with a rich programme of exhibitions, events and cultural initiatives. Among the planned initiatives are the Genda Photographic Exhibition in collaboration with the Masters’ course in Photography at the IUAV University of Venice; at the Civic Archaeological Museum – Bologna Museums Institution, the screening of the film that revisits the national identity, Viva l’Italia curated by Mark Nash; the programme of Artist Lectures curated by Chiara Vecchiarelli; the programme of the video documentaries Corpo Sensibile (Sensitive Body) by young Italian artists curated by Marco Bertozzi. Saturday 28 January also sees the return of Art City White Night, the all-night art event with initiatives throughtout the city.

The programme of the fair is available at

On Friday Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2017, in the framework of Art City Bologna and Arte Fiera 2017, Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione/Arena del Sole/Xing will present an performing arts event curated by Xing at Circolo Ufficiali (Via Marsala 12 Bologna Italy) Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion present a 3-day-project called Hysterical Furniture. A “future-based retrospective” retracing the English duo’s body of work, part of which was already performed in Bologna and Modena in recent years. Anti-spectacular, straight and ironic, craftsmen and humanists, Burrows and Fargion are so skilled and familiar with composition and choreographic matters as well as with social and background issues. Their practice collects words and gestures which do the dance and mark the time. Inside the exclusively elegant rooms of Circolo Ufficiali, the retrospective stands as a piece of living furniture where formal precision may lead to hysterical instability, through performed actions that unsettle the boundaries of music and dance. In the space of three days, their early as well as mostly recent pieces will be presented, including from Show And Tell, lecture-performance inspired by their own cultural backgrounds, to the now classic duets Speaking Dance and Body Not Fit For Purpose, where music rhythmically flows from an unstoppable sequence of gestures and thoughts.

Further, on the occasion curator Piersandra Di Matteo spoke with Jonathan Burrows about the project. Take a look at Surrounding Disorder. A conversation with Jonathan Burrows about Hysterical Furniture on NERO’S blog.

Burrows and Fargion, Body not fit for purpose. Photo by Ben Parks.


Cubo Centro Unipol Bologna will also present a series of events, including the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date in Italy of the work of London based Italian artist Quayola – currently one of the most acclaimed media artists.

Pleasant Places” Il Sublime tecnologico e il rapporto fra arte, natura e tecnologia will open on Wednesday 25 January at 6pm. Curated by Federica Patti, Pleasant Places is a tribute to Van Gogh’s last period of his life, when the painter understood landscapes as a creative pretext for more intimate pictorial gestures and visions. The exhibition has been specifically thought for the space at CUBO and evolves around the concept of digital paintings. The central piece is a video-installation titled Pleasant Places (2015). Filmed in Ultra-High-Definition, the work captures the same landscape in Provence that was of inspiration for Van Gogh, more than a century ago. Based on 3D laser scans, another form of digital paintings is PP 3D-scan series (2016), computer-generated images of trees taken from the same Provencal landscape, which accompany the video-installation in the show. The ultra-high resolution scans and the subsequent rendering process, reach a level of almost infinite and perfect image definition.

“Pleasant Places” Installation view, Glow Festival Eindhoven 2015. Courtesy Studio Quayola.


On Sunday 29 January at 5:30pm Quayola will present his work during an afternoon meeting with the public.

On Friday 27 January CUBO has organized two screening sessions: at 6pm, a screening of a series of films by Filippo Berta, Marco Mendini, Nicolas Rupcich, Ubermorgen, Ula Braun and Jacques Perconte. And at 9pm, the screening of Werner Herzog’s 2016 documentary Lo and Behold – the internet: the future is today. In collaboration with biofilm, the film will be screened in its original language with subtitles in Italian.

During Arte Fiera and Art City Bologna, the P420 will be presenting Life Line (opening on 28 January 2017, 6:30pm), a solo show by the artist Irma Blank (Celle, 1934) specifically created for the spaces of the gallery. German by birth but residing in Italy since the late 1950s, Irma Blank lives and works in Milan. She has inherited the need to connect art and life from the avant-gardes, and especially the neo-avant-gardes of the mid-20th century. This criterion of measure emerges in Blank’s work since the end of the 1960s, in the form of silent aesthetic dedication. She has made writing the thread around which to develop and convey lengthy experience with a focus on gesture. The exhibition, besides a group of works never shown before from the series Radical Writings, also includes a selection of recent works.