MIART 2019

miart 2019
5 – 7 April 2019
VIP preview and opening: April 4, 2019
fieramilanocity, gate 5, pad. 3

Starting from 5 April (with a VIP Preview on 4 April), miart – the international modern and contemporary art fair in Milan – will be hosting 185 galleries from 19 countries showcasing works by modern masters, established and emerging contemporary artists, and historicized and experimental designers.

The Established Contemporary section will be hosting a large number of personal stands with exhibitions of: Evgeny Antufiev (z2o Sara Zanin), Simone Bergantini (Pack), Koenraad Dedobbeleer (Clearing e Mai 36), Frances Goodman (Smac), Roger Hiorns (Corvi-Mora e C+N Canepaneri), David Hockney (Lelong & Co.), Farah Kheli (Officine dell’Immagine), Paul McCarthy (Hauser & Wirth), Mario Merz (Casoli De Luca), Marina Pinsky (Clearing), Rob Pruitt (Massimo De Carlo), David Renggli (Federica Schiavo), Thomas Ruff (Mai 36), Shimabuku (Zero…), and Serena Vestrucci (Otto Zoo).

miart 2019 will be supported by the fifth edition of the Herno Prize. Developed as a collaboration between miart and Herno, the prize was conceived to recognize ambition and quality of the exhibitors presentations. A major contribution at miart since 2015, the prize of 10,000 Euro will be awarded to the booth with the best design.

The international jury is composed of:

Martin Bethenod, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Pinault Collection, Venice
Paula van den Bosch, Art Historian and Senior Museum Curator, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Sören Grammel, Head of Art since 1960 / Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Basel

miart is also pleased to announce the new edition of the cross-cutting section On Demand, in which galleries are invited to exhibit site-specific and interactive works at their stands, focused on a direct relationship with the public/collector.

The relationship between politics, identity and representation will be at the centre of many works. The site-specific installation by Latifa Echakhch with Kaufmann Repetto will be promoting reflection on the limits of cultural stereotypes, while Portuguese artists Luìs Làzaro Matos will be highlighting the absurdity of propaganda in his ironic paintings at the Madragoa stand. American artist Jon Kessler will be presenting his celebrated moving statues criticising the culture of surveillance at the Eduardo Secci stand. Serena Vestrucci will be installing a monumental starry sky on the ceiling of the Otto Zoo stand, hand sewn out of dozens of EU flags.

Japanese artist Shimabuku with the Zero… gallery will be proposing a poetic installation which interacts with the atmospheric pressure of the pavilion itself, while Slovakian artist Lucia Tallová will create an architecture of memories in the Soda Gallery stand, which will also be showing an installation by Slovakian Jaro Varga employing the formats in which knowledge is organised, such as books and libraries.

The exploration of the body will be the starting point for the performance by Hungarian artist and poet Katalin Ladik, represented by acb, which will investigate the dimension of ritual in claiming the right to self-determination. Jacopo Miliani will be analysing the languages of pictorial and theatrical abstraction with Studio Dabbeni, while the performance by Kasia Fudakowski, represented by ChertLüdde, will play with the idea of a final gesture emptied of its symbolic meaning.

The investigation of sculpture and materials is the fulcrum of the work of British artist Roger Hiorns, who will be showing a series of his iconic performative sculptures at the shared Corvi-Mora and C+N Canepaneri booth, while German artist Florian Roithmayr will be reflecting on sculpture as the intersection of materials, bodies and diverse surfaces at the Renata Fabbri booth. The sculptural installation by Argentinian artist Silvina Der Meguerditchian will examine the human propensity to attribute the capacity for sentiment to inanimate objects at the Kalfayan Galleries booth. Israeli artist Ariel Schlesinger (Massimo Minini) will be examining the monumental dimension of sculpture and expanding its symbolic potential.

On Demand is curated by Oda Albera, Exhibitors Liaison and Special Projects, miart 2019.

This section will be supported by the On Demand Prize by Snaporazverein, now in its third edition. Born from the collaboration between miart and the association of experimental productions Snaporazverein, the award sees the recognition of 10,000 Euro assigned to the best presentation within the On Demand section and will consist of financial support for a future project of the winning artist.

The international jury is composed of:

Leevi Haapala, Director, KIASMA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Vincent Honoré, Director of Exhibitions, MoCo – Montpellier Contemporain
Alice Motard, Chief Curator, CAPC – musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

miart is looking forward to seeing you in Milan from 5 to 7 April 2019 (with the VIP Preview on April 4)!

Discover the rich program of events, inaugurations and special openings taking place during Milan Art Week.
miart 2019
5 – 7 April 2019
VIP preview and opening: April 4, 2019
fieramilanocity – gate 5, pad. 3

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