Arte Fiera, galleristi soddisfatti: "ritornano pubblico e vendite"

Benedetta Cucci, Il Resto del Carlino, February 5, 2023

It's springtime in the Arte Fiera pavilions, and it's not a climatic issue, even if February is proving to be mild. There is precisely that sense of rebirth which, according to Fabrizio Padovani, director with Alessandro Pasotti of the P420 gallery and president of the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries of Bologna, lies in the atmosphere, in the light, in the beauty of the return to historic pavilions 25 and 26 as well.


Anyone can breathe the perfect atmosphere and is certainly more energetic than 2020, when we still didn't know what was going to happen. Normality can be sensed among the stands and for once it feels nice. "The public is always very lively at Arte Fiera and there are a lot of people, even more than in 2020 - that is the sensation of Alessia Calarota of the Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. -, I think also because these beautiful pavilions invite you to visit them. It would be perhaps nice to have a more international audience or to be able to put together an audience that is representative of every part of Italy". And then: "If I have to make a note, the only one is that I find this division between modern and contemporary a bit anachronistic by now, also because we ourselves gallery owners no longer do it: many contemporary galleries have included historical artists and vice versa. For instance, we are presenting a video art work by Wim Wenders, who is making this transition, and we have also sold one at the Center Pompidou where it will be presented in May". That is présence (2022), a 36-minute 3D video-artwork to be experienced with a visor, in which Wenders is inspired by the works of the contemporary French artist Claudine Drai.

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