The Common Good
Once again, the annual international art fair in Milan will be the epicentre of the Milan Art Week
The days from 5 to 7 April 2019 see the return of miart, the international fair of modern and contemporary art organised by Fiera Milano and directed by Alessandro Rabottini, with the support of Intesa Sanpaolo as main partner. Inside pavilion 3 of fieramilanocity, 185 galleries from 19 countries will be exhibiting works by modern masters, established and emerging contemporary artists, and celebrated historical and experimental designers.
By confirming its seven sections, miart reaffirms its role as the Italian fair with the widest chronological range of works, thus reflecting Milan’s intrinsic combination of history and experimentation. The international dimension that in recent years has made Lombardy’s leading city such an inclusive capital is expressed to perfection in miart’s characteristic dialogue between past and present. In 2019, miart sets out to consolidate its growth by combining market solidity with research, thus broadening its scope and becoming an observatory on society and social changes.
Once again, miart, the annual international art fair in Milan, will be the epicentre of Milan Art Week—an extensive citywide programme, staged by major cultural institutions in the city, from public organisations to private foundations—encompassing events, exhibition openings and performances.
Conceived by miart in collaboration with the City Council of Milan, Milan Art Week confirms the city’s iconic status as the leading cultural and creative hub of Italy; exploring the diverse historic and contemporary artistic life of Milan via new commissions, survey solo exhibitions and thematic group shows. Starting on Monday, April 1, this new edition of Milan Art Week will investigate how design, modern and contemporary art can respond to current debates around gender issues, climate change, art history and new technology.
International contemporary artists will undertake numerous ambitious commissions: an imposing multimedia installation by American artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin will take centre stage at the Fondazione Prada Milano; Fondazione Nicola Trussardi will unveil a monumental intervention by Ghana-based artist Ibrahim Mahama (curated by Massimiliano Gioni); Pirelli HangarBicocca will open an extensive survey of Sheela Gowda with works made from 1996 to the present time (curated by Nuria Enguita and Lucia Aspesi) together with a large-scale site specific installation by Giorgio Andreotta Calò (curated by Roberta Tenconi).
The experimental practice of major female artists will be the subject of comprehensive survey exhibitions which aim to underline their importance beyond the canon of women’s art: PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea will stage an exhaustive solo exhibition of the work of Italian born and Brazil-based artist Anna Maria Maiolino (curated by Diego Sileo); Fondazione Carriero will offer a rare opportunity to survey Lygia Pape ’s seminal career (curated by Francesco Stocchi); the Museo del Novecento will showcase two pioneering artistic positions: Renata Boero’s exploration of nature and materials with a selection of works from four decades (curated by Anna
Daneri and Iolanda Ratti) and Marinella Pirelli’s experimentations with cinema, light and space from the Sixties (curated by Lucia Aspesi and Iolanda Ratti).
Two large-scale group exhibitions will respond to pivotal current debates: under the title Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival, the XXII edition of La Triennale di Milano will celebrate design’s ability to offer powerful insight into the key issues of our age (curated by Paola Antonelli at La Triennale di Milano); The Unexpected Subject. 1978 Art and Feminism in Italy at FM – Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea will delve into an inspiring season of art and politics that changed Italian society and culture (curated by Marco Scotini and Raffaella Perna).
The 2019 edition of Milan Art Week will also see significant contributions by internationally celebrated artists via a number of solo exhibitions: Hans Josephsohn at ICA (curated by Alberto Salvadori); Anj Smith at Museo Poldi Pezzoli; Carlos Amorales at Fondazione Adolfo Pini (curated by Gabi Scardi); Sophia Al-Maria at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro (curated by Cloé Perrone); and Jamie Diamond at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada (curated by Melissa Harris). Immersive video installations by Isaac Julien , Masbedo , Julian Rosefeldt , and Yang Fudong will take over the rooms of Palazzo Dugnani within the context of the group exhibition Hyper Visuality. Film & Video Art from the Wemhöner Collection (curated by Philipp Bollmann).
Finally, the chronological offering of the Milan Art Week will expand into the art of the past centuries via important historical exhibitions devoted to Antonello da Messina (curated by Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa) and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (curated by Florence Viguier) both at Palazzo Reale , and to Divisionist master Angelo Morbelli at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna (curated by Paola Zatti). History as seen by contemporary artists will be the subject of the group exhibition The Last Supper After Leonardo at Fondazione Stelline (curated by Demetrio Paparoni), investigating Leonardo’s influence on Anish Kapoor, Robert Longo, and Yue Minjun, amongst the others. Even Malpensa airport has chosen to become a showcase for twentieth century art, with an extraordinary installation of Fausto Melotti’s I Sette Savi (The Seven Wise Men), curated by Flavio Arensi and designed by Michele De Lucchi.
Two new initiatives will conclude the Milan Art Week 2019: the Art Night Non-Profit Spaces on Saturday April 6 —an evening with inaugurations and performances at the many project spaces and experimental venues in town—and the extended opening hours of Milanese private galleries on Sunday April 7.
Keep an eye on the new edition of the miartalks will mark the return of the collaboration between miart and In Between Art Film, the company founded by Beatrice Bulgari in 2012 to foster the exchange between the different artistic languages of our time through the production of artists’ films and documentaries and the support to institutional projects devoted to the moving image.
During the 3 days in which miart will be open to the public, more than 40 international artists, curators, collectors, designers, museum directors and thinkers will participate in panels and conversations within the thematic framework: The Common Good. An exploration the many meanings of this concept and its very nature: how we create “the Common Good” on how to preserve it in its present and future manifestations. Together with our speakers, we will survey these topics in connection with the three main fields of interest at miart: contemporary art, modern art and design.