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Towards ArtVerona 2020

Redesigning of the fair and digital spaces and contents.

The new curatorial team of ArtVerona, the event dedicated to modern and contemporary art, scheduled to open from 11 to 13 December 2020 and directed by Stefano Raimondi, is already at work in redesigning the contents and prospects of the 16th edition of the fair. This year, important national and international professional operators of the sector will join the field-proven team of Veronafiere to help create a dynamic project that is to be the answer to the challenge of the moment, despite the many uncertainties linked to the diffusion of the Coronavirus, by also investigating new solutions using solid reasoning and creativity.

Veronafiere, one of the most solid fair hubs in Italy, is defining new utilisation models capable of ensuring operation in safe conditions for both the exhibitors and the visitors of all the fairs scheduled to start in autumn. These fairs would be in full compliance with the regulations that will be in force, thereby also continuing to support the cultural and exhibiting project on which ArtVerona is based. This redesigning, however, does not involve only the physical context of the fair district but also the digital contexts, and so the event will benefit from a new and  structured online platform that Veronafiere is developing for all of its products offering further occasions for meeting, dialogue, and business.

This will consolidate the fair concept to be what has driven the creation of a new team of curators and consultants, chosen for their expertise and skill in providing a substantial contribution to the networking activity that has always made ArtVerona the venue for quality exchange, in any format, physical or digital, it can and will take on.

Next to ‘Main’, the section dedicated to the major modern and contemporary art galleries, ArtVerona intends to place in the 2020 edition two new invitation events: ’Introduction’ and ‘Pages’. In ‘Introduction’, prestigiously curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, historical galleries will introduce younger galleries they have “mentored”. On the other hand, ‘Pages’, curated by Andrew Berardini, will provide a selected number of important Italian and international sector magazines to present their background story and their connections with the Italian art system.

‘Evolution’, another 2020 novelty, intends to present galleries working with artists that conduct their artistic research using the many facets of digital technology, currently a highly topical ambit, thereby ranging from virtual reality to big data and nanotechnology. ‘Next’ is dedicated to the galleries that present up to three young talents, while ‘Solo’ is conceived as a series of open spaces allowing exhibitors to enhance, via a monographic project, an Italian artist born in the 1990’s or later.

New contents are also being studied for the programs and formats together with the new curators Maria Chiara Valacchi (the program ‘Talks’), Giulia Floris (‘LAB1’, a focus on the more experimental no-profits with a project dedicated to artists-in-residence programs), and Saverio Verini (‘StandChat’, meetings with artists).

The focus on Italian artists typical of ArtVerona is underlined with the addition to the team of Edoardo Monti in his dual role as VIP manager and digital strategist, of Elena Forin for the Corporate section, as well as with the edition of the five-yearly ‘Critical Collecting’, a publishing project conceived and developed by Antonio Grulli.

The galleries have until 31 July to submit their application for participation in an edition whose new opening period has been chosen in order to meet the needs of the operators, and to concentrate all of the efforts into designing and creating a top quality event capable of contributing to the relaunching of the Italian art system.

Veronafiere Press Office – pressoffice@veronafiere.it

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