November 19, 2006 - ARTE FIERA - Bologna, 26 – 29 January 2007
November 19, 2006

Bologna, 26 – 29 January 2007

ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2007
DISCOVERING THE LATEST TRENDS IN INTERNATIONAL ART
Bologna, 26 – 29 January 2007


ARTEFIERA ART FIRST is a unique event where visitors can explore the latest trends in the world of modern and contemporary art through the proposals of more than 200 leading international galleries. At the same time it is a major opportunity to directly experience art in the exhibition centre and in the city of Bologna, which is hosting a wide range of initiatives specially for the more than 40,000 visitors to the show.

Organised by BolognaFiere, the 31st edition of the pre-eminent Italian exhibition of contemporary and modern art will be held in Bologna from 26 to 29 January 2007 and will feature an increasing number of events and initiatives.

The participating Galleries from all over the world will be selected by the International Committee and will provide a preview of the most innovative trends alongside the works of the leading Italian artists, who are also prominent figures at a world level. Most importantly, however, ARTEFIERA ART FIRST is a meeting point between Italian and international art, a role that lends much to its appeal and makes it of great interest to collectors.

This edition of ARTEFIERA ART FIRST will be strongly exhibit oriented and will host more than 200 galleries (35% of which are from outside Italy) and about sixty publishers, museums and institutions.
Participants include LONGSTANDING AND FIRST-TIME EXHIBITORS
ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2007 will see the participation of both longstanding and first-time exhibitors. One prestigious new entry is the JAMES COHAN GALLERY from New York, which will exhibit an installation by Bill Viola, an artist who garnered enormous success at the last Venice Biennale.
BOLOGNA ART FIRST, ART IN THE CITY OF BOLOGNA
At ARTEFIERA ART FIRST, international visitors will be able to admire modern/contemporary art works at the finest venues in the city of Bologna. The first BOLOGNA ART FIRST initiative in 2006 was highly successful and the event will be repeated at ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2007 with an even broader programme.

From 25 January onwards, the works selected by the Artistic Committee from the projects submitted by exhibiting Galleries will offer art enthusiasts a fascinating journey through the world of modern art and the architecture of the past.
A.B.O. (Art Before Obvious) AT ARTEFIERA ART FIRST 2007
For the 2007 edition of ARTEFIERA ART FIRST, Achille Bonito Oliva has organised three days of meetings for the A.B.O. (Art Before Obvious) stand where internationally renowned artists will put questions to other leading players in the art industry. This initiative underscores the fact that contemporary artists are both creators and thinkers and that, instead of providing answers, art constantly poses questions about the world in all its aspects.
Artists Question Time Programme
Friday 26 January 2007 FABIO MAURI puts questions to collectors GUNTIS BRANDS and ENEA RIGHI
Saturday 27 January 2007 MAURIZIO MOCHETTI quizzes architects MARIO BOTTA and FRANCO PURINI
Sunday 28 January 2007 GILBERTO ZORIO talks to museum directors CRISTIANA COLLU and JAN HOET

YOUNG INTERNATIONAL GALLERIES AND NEW MARKETS
One of the key concepts behind ARTEFIERA ART FIRST is research, meaning by this all aspects of analysis of new trends and new markets.

Efforts to offer increasingly high quality research opportunities include initiatives such as ESPRIT NOUVEAU aimed at young international galleries (hosted in 2006 in the splendid Le Courbusier pavilion) and the initiatives devoted to new emerging markets.
In 2007, ARTEFIERA ART FIRST will again offer an interesting analysis of new trends, giving collectors and art enthusiasts a global picture of international artistic research.

The art community comprising collectors, enthusiasts, specialists, curators and directors of art foundations and museums will meet in Bologna from 26 to 29 January 2007 for ARTEFIERA ART FIRST, the first international appointment of 2007 devoted to modern and contemporary art.

Info: www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it

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