“TAKE HEED, SIRS – IN HARD TIMES – AND PARTICULARLY WHEN TIMES ARE RIPE – ART COMES TO OUR AID”Efesti
These opening words, belonging to an unknown or would-be Poet, are just perfect to begin this short introduction of the 2014 edition of Bologna’s ARTEFIERA Show. I believe it to be a timely choice as, in spite of the “hard times” not being quite yet overcome, the show is more lively than ever. And it is quite meaningful that there is a positive signal coming from the world of Arts, in a historical period in which society feels the need to take stock of a gloomy reality. From the field of creative expression comes a palpable sign of recovery: this is particularly heartening as it implies having conquered, in re-elaboration of reality, a level of authentic productive reaction. Life is an evolving paradox, and only the driving forces of love and creativity can bridge the gap between the two extremities – positive and negative poles – asserting which of the two will prevail.
But let’s cut to the chase. This year, the ArteFiera show expands its boundaries, creating a space for productions from the second half of the IX Century and to photography. Demonstrating a desire to define and at the same time to stretch the contextual reach of the above two artistic expressions. Another noteworthy choice, the election of an area dedicated to China, and the particular focus on the emerging East European art. From 24th to 27th January, 172 galleries will be exhibiting over 2000 works of art, noticeably more than the show’s last edition. Never before, in fact, has there been such a wide and substantial range of similar shows, both within the exhibition network and on an independent level. The city of Bologna has, after all, a fundamental gravitational force in this field, and it is only natural to consider it a sounding board for the artistic fervor of Italy. No need to recap all artist & events, or even name the most famous; you will not even need to look for them. So we thought we would give a couple of targeted suggestions that we consider particularly interesting.
Firstly, on Saturday, within the Bologna Art City White Night programme, we recommend the evening organised by the Visionnaire in its headquarters in Via Farini 13.
On the same day, t the new Galleria + Oltre Dimore located in Via del Porto 48/a-b, you can visit the personal exhibition “The new fragrance” by Mattia Barbieri and the layered pictorial perspectives he is presenting, as well as see the extraordinary performance by Panem et Circenses, a summary of two months of their “Action eating – treaticon” project.
We also suggest the exhibition “Everyday is a good day” by Japanese artist Chizu Kobayashi, who will be decorating the Miro Gallery with three-dimensional sculptures inspired by typical household objects from the land of the Rising Sun.
If it’s photography you’re interested in, check out the Spazio& in Via Guerrazzi 1: Friday 24th will be the first night of “Play”, a series of exhibitions, the first of which belongs to Annalisa Brambilla and Michela Depretis. Finally, we cannot fail to mention the recent appearance within the city’s artistic scene of a powerful creative space, the CAVEAU studio – quickly proven to be full of potential and showcasing, among others, Alessandro Brighetti and Pietro Travaglini, both important local artists and designers, definitely not to be missed. Take heed, sirs! We wish you happy art hunting.