Focus Korea - kunStart12 - Bolzano
Focus Korea - kunStart12 - Bolzano

KunStart 12. Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art
Opening: March 16, 7:00 P.M., Bolzano/Bozen Exhibition Center, Pavilion B
Opening hours: March 16 to 18, 2012, 10.00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
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An event dedicated to contemporary art inaugurates the spring in Alto-Adige: kunStart 12, Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art, is taking place in Bolzano from 16th to 18th of March 2012. Alongside with the 70 galleries from 10 different countries present at the fair, a rich program of meetings and workshops spread allo around the town.

Spring begins in Alto Adige with contemporary art: kunStart 12, Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art, is taking place in Bolzano from the 16th to the 18 of March, 2012. Alongside with the 70 galleries from 10 countries present at the fair venue, a rich program of meetings and seminars spread all over the town is announced.

Bolzano, 25th of January, 2012 – kunStart 12, Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art,, si is taking place in Bolzano from the 16th to the 18 of March, 2012 in the Bolzano Fair district, opening with a vernissage on Friday the 17th at 7 pm, followed by _START OPENING PARTY, dedicated to meeting “vs. South Tyrol. South Korea.”

Now in its eighth edition, kunStart presents some important news: starting from this year is organized directly by Fiera Bolzano Spa, it also becomes biennial and chooses to specialize in emerging contemporary art market.

After the success of 2010, also this year kunStart is combined with the interior design fair ‘Arredo’ in order to welcome a wider audience and promote interest in the sector of “affordable”, or the art at affordable prices.

kunStart12 - Bolzano
kunStart12 - Bolzano

Developed around the idea of emerging ​​contemporary, kunStart 12 is aimed at galleries and exhibition spaces that are active at an international level in researching new artistic proposals and producing young people, focusing in particular on geographical emerging contexts. The next edition sees the presence of more than 70 galleries from 10 different countries, and in addition to the exhibition hall, a rich program of events, meetings and conferences inhabit various parts of the city of Bolzano, in collaboration with other institutions and cultural associations.

kunStart is part of a region with a renewed artistic sensibility that already hosted the Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 7 and today has become an authentic district for the arts thanks to its prestigious exhibition spaces: the Museion in Bolzano, the Mart in Rovereto, the Galleria Civica di Trento and the Kunst Merano Arte in Meran. In addition to seeking a strong local roots, through the creation of a network of collaborations with the present institutions, the event also maintains an international dimension, by starting conversations with distant geographical areas that are less known from the artistic point of view. In this ‘glocal’ direction, between the international perspective and the local development, many of the projects of this new edition are directed.

The award “The Glocal Rookie of the Year” in its third edition, is dedicated to artists under 35, with the aim of supporting the career of young talents who know how to interpret the concept of ‘glocal’. Designed by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano and kunStart, the event has a jury co-ordinated by the art critic and curator Valerio Dehò, who presents the award March 17, 2012 in kunStart 12.

With the intention of opening international project, the “Korea Focus,” presents an overview of emerging production in South Korea with a group of participating galleries coordinated by Chris H. Cheon (President of the Franco-Korean cultural exchange Association Nez-a-Nez), alongside with European galleries exhibiting Korean artists. A large supporting program of lectures, presentations and artist talks sponsored by the General Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Milan and personal exhibiotions of Jeong Min Suh by the A & B Gallery and Hyon Soo Kim by Valerio Dehò, as well as an exhibition with works by Nam June Paik’s from the archive collection “Pari e Dispari” of Rosanna Chiessi completes the focus. Many other projects and special events are part of the program of KunStart 12, Biennial Art Fair for Emerging Contemporary Art. Among the others, the Countdown Design Show 2012, an auction dedicated to the new trend of upcycling or regeneration of used materials to create new products; and also KunSt_off GALLERIES nIGHT – opening night of fifteen spaces for contemporary art in Bolzano is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 from 6 pm until midnight.

The very special guest is the internationally renowned artist Rainer Ganhal, who is going to be the protagonist of an artist talk that takes place at the Museion on the eve of kunStart, March 15, and a solo show titled “I WANNA BE …” in the exhibition space from 16th to 18th March.

Institutional partners of kunStart 12 are: the Autonomous Region Trentino-AltoAdige, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Comune di Bolzano, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio, Südtirol Marketing, Italian Consolate of the Republic of Korea in Italy.

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Media partners: espoarte contemporary art magazine, artribune, exibart,,, kunsttermine,, arskey, artvista, inside, rivista segno, bluarte, seroxcult, art a part of cult(ure), 1f mediaproject, artprofil magazin fur kunst, theartkey, kritika, l’urlo, next exit, hestetika.

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