Call for applications

Call for applications

Arte Fiera

visual identity 2021

September 15, 2020
Call for applications
January 22–24, 2021
Application deadline: October 14
Preview: January 21
Arte Fiera
Piazza Costituzione, 6
40127 Bologna
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We are happy to announce that applications to participate in Arte Fiera 2021 are now open. The fair will take place from to January 22–24, physically and in safe conditions for all, both exhibitors and visitors. In consideration of the great hardships faced by galleries in recent months, we have decided to offer reduced fees.

Arte Fiera is Italy’s longest-running modern and contemporary art fair (founded in 1974). After two editions of completely renewed exhibition rules and structure, the 2021 edition consolidates this new format and once again offers the Main section alongside three curated and invitation-only sections: Photography and moving images, Focus and Pittura XXI.

The Main section ranges from Modern and Post-War art (traditional strong points of Arte Fiera) to contemporary research, with strong emphasis on Italian art. It encourages monographic stands (a substantial part of the section) and curatorial proposals that focus on a 20th-century school, trend or period. 

Photography and moving images, entrusted to the Fantom curatorial platform (Selva Barni, Ilaria Speri, Massimo Torrigiani and Francesco Zanot) considers the photographic medium in a strictly contemporary manner: it is open to video and encourages dialogue between photography and other media. Now in its third edition, it is a reference point in Italy for collectors and photography enthusiasts.

Focus, introduced in 2020, concentrates on Modern Art and Post-War Masters, with content that changes from year to year: the curator is free to choose the period, trend, and artistic school to be presented. The 2021 edition, curated by art critic and historian Marco Meneguzzo, will regard so-called “exact art” (which includes kinetic art, programmed art, and similar trends) from the late ’50s to the 70s, with specific attention to the Italian scene.

Pittura XXI, curated by Davide Ferri, also in its second edition, is a new format for art fairs (both Italian and foreign): a panorama of 21st-century painting, both Italian and foreign, that ranges from emerging to mid-career artists. For the first time, an art fair devotes a specialised section to the most traditional medium, which in recent years has returned to centre stage for critics, institutions and the market.

Applications for Arte Fiera 2021 are open until October 14, 2020. The application form is available on


Show office: 
artefiera [​at​], T +39 051 282863-2939

Communication and External Relations Manager: 
Isabella Bonvicini, isabella.bonvicini [​at​], T +39 051 282920

BolognaFiere—Press Office: 
Gregory Picco, gregory.picco [​at​], T +39 051 282862

Arte Fiera—Press Office: 
Elena Pardini, elena [​at​], T +39 348 3399463

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