January 24, 2011 - Arte Fiera - If on a winter’s day a traveller…
January 24, 2011

If on a winter’s day a traveller…

Bologna Art First | 6th edition
If on a winter’s day a traveller …

28 January – 27 February 2011

curated by Julia Draganovic

International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Bologna (Italy)
Bologna Exhibition Center
28-31 January 2011
Press Conference Thursday, 27 January at 11 am (Palazzo D’Accursio)
Preview, by invitation only: Thursday, 27 January at 12 am


From 28 January to 27 February 2011, in one of Italy’s best-conserved medieval historical centres, Arte Fiera Art First and the City of Bologna present the 6th edition of Bologna Art First, this year with the title If on a winter’s day a traveller… (inspired by Italo Calvino’s novel), curated by Julia Draganovic.

The show takes place in the form of a unique path that each visitor will experience as an intimate voyage to discover old buildings and historical places by means of site-specific installations, created by both well-known and emerging Italian and foreign artists, presented by galleries participating in the fair. The installations enter into a dialogue with the memory of important symbols of the city.

“The 6th edition of Bologna Art First comprises 15 locations and 22 artists, and—as in Italo Calvino’s 1979 post-modern novel—the principal character is the viewer, who creates a personalised course. The ‘theme’ of the exhibit is not a theme in the original sense of the word, but rather an invitation to accept the fact that multiplicities and differences can be harmonious. Each participating artist is aware not only of the historical-cultural background and architectural context but also of the current state of ‘his/her’ space,” explains the curator of this edition of Bologna Art First, which every year is becoming a must-see event for people visiting Arte Fiera and the city.

The 2011 edition presents the following artists and installations: Maria Josè Arjona | Anatomical Theatre – Archiginnasio; Marlon de Azambuja | Courtyard between Accademia delle Belle Arti and Pinacoteca Nazionale; Lorenza Lucchi Basili | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall); Pinuccia Bernardoni | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall); Stefano Bombardieri | Piazza de’ Calderini; Ericailcane | Archaeological Museum (courtyard); Anna Galtarossa | Sala Borsa; Antony Gormley | Archiginnasio (arcades) and Museo della Musica; Ghost of a Dream | Museo della Sanità e dell’Assistenza – Oratorio della Vita; Marco Giovani | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall); Vlatka Horvat | Palazzo del Podestà – Emporio della Cultura; Paolo Icaro | Courtyard of Palazzo D’Accursio; Michael Johansson | Archaeological Museum (sala trasparente); Tea Mäkipää | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall); Vittorio Messina | Museo Civico d’Arte industriale and Galleria Davia Bargellini; Hidetoshi Nagasawa | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall); Roberto Paci Dalò | University Museums of Palazzo Poggi; Luca Pancrazi | Galleria Cavour; Silke Rehberg | Medieval Museum (courtyard); Rosi Rox | Marconi Airport Business Lounge; SISSI | Chapel of Palazzo Re Enzo; Jorinde Voigt | Archaeological Museum (exhibition hall).

New in this edition are the performances at Art White Night on Saturday 29 January and during the Fair. Roberto Paci Dalò, with a small-deconstructed radio that works both as a receiver and transmitter, will “revive” Natural History exhibits in the Aldrovandi Room of Palazzo Poggi by way of a multimedia performance that immerses the space into the digital world. SISSI and Maria José Arjona, for years engaged in research about the role of the body, badly ignored in the era of virtual social networks, will present a series of performances inspired by this theme.

At the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio, Maria José Arjona presents the world premiere of her new participatory performance Habito / Abito. Also at the Anatomical Theatre, on February 11th, SISSI presents an anatomy lesson that combines Louise Bourgeois’s concepts of “physical” with Matthew Barney’s ideas, creating a parallel anatomy that is not only tangible but also penetrable. Lastly, Finnish artist Tea Mäkipää, presenting a very lively and humoristic artistic “battle” to protect the environment, will walk around Piazza Maggiore accompanied by her talking horse, looking for conversations.

Additionally, starting 20 January 2011, thanks to a digital map on GoogleMaps (indicating the installations with information on artists and works as “points of interest”), visitors can comment on the artists and works of Bologna Art First in a geo-blog.

28 January– 27 February 2011
various locations

For information: www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it/en/eventi/bologna-art-first

Arte Fiera Art First 2011
International Exhibition of Contemporary Art in Bologna (Italy)
Info: Tel: +39 051 282.111
Email: artefiera@bolognafiere.it

Opening time
From Friday 29 to Saturday 30 January, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 31 January, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Preview, by invitation only: Thursday, 27 January at 12 a.m.

Buy tickets online www.artefiera.bolognafiere.it

Hotel reservations
Piazza Costituzione, 5/E – 40128 Bologna (Italy)
Tel. +39 051 6375111 – Fax +39 051 6375149

Main sponsor Euromobil Group
Collectors programme partners Intesa Sanpaolo, Carisbo, Intesa Sanpaolo Private Banking
In collaboration with Gruppo 24ORE, MBL
Online media partner yoox.com
Official Champagne Laurent Perrier
Official Water Perrier

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