December 16, 2005 - miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art - March 30th – April 2 2006
December 16, 2005

March 30th – April 2 2006

MiArt 2006 
March 30 – April 2 2006

MiArt -  Fiera Milano International

MiArt 2006 is kicking off its new guest country program by inviting a select group of galleries from the Chinese Peoples Republic. The eleventh Milan-based art fair has decided to shine the spotlight on Chinese art, which is currently arousing so much critical curiosity, as well as widespread interest among the public at large.

Besides hosting these galleries, MiArt is also staging a round table discussion on 1 April entitled Cina Intra/Extra Ovest (China Intra/Extra West), with a panel featuring influential artists, curators and collectors who live and work in both China and the West. The coordinator is Hans Ulrich Obrist and the agenda will touch on issues ranging from the fast-moving scenario of contemporary Chinese art to the processes and changes taking place in that countrys art market, with a view to forging stronger ties with the international art scene.

Though many are complaining about the Italian market being sluggish and short of ideas, the Milanese art scene is burgeoning, with countless new spaces opening up and many old ones expanding. Accordingly, together with the Italian and foreign exhibitors selected for previous editions who have confirmed their attendance again next year, numerous prestigious newcomers have also signed up for MiArt 2006.

Much of the credit for this early success is due to the uncompromising attitude of the Review Board, whose members are Claudia Gian Ferrari, Claudio Guenzani, Matteo Lorenzelli, Massimo Mininni, Marco Niccoli, and Carla Pellegrini Rocca. The Board has adopted a Code of Ethics, available on the MiArt website ( , which ensures the utmost transparency of the selection procedures and criteria for examining the plans submitted for approval by candidate galleries.

In particular, the Anteprima section, open only to artists under the age of 35, will for the first time be welcoming the Bologna-based gallery Neon, which recently also opened a space in Milan, NO gallery, Federico Luger, Unorossodue, Alessandro De March and Artopia. Anteprima 2006 will also be inaugurating a new section entitled Video at MiArt featuring video installations; it will be curated by Olivia Spatola and include 16 solo exhibits presented by 16 invited Italian and international galleries.

The highly select Modern art section will include a limited number of approved Italian exhibitors, along with Galerie 1900-2000, now a regular fixture at MiArt, the Spanish Barbiè gallery and Thessa Herold from Paris.

In 2005, the contemporary art section stole the show with its giant sized works, comfortably accommodated in 4 meter tall stands. Next years entries confirm the trend: classic art works from the past few decades will stand shoulder to shoulder with numerous photographic works by Italian and international photographers. A large number of acclaimed names from across the world have chosen to exhibit at MiArt, from Monika Sprueth and Philomene Magers to Ben Brown, and from Artiscope to Modern Culture and Paul Stolper.

No amount of effort is being spared to finalize a long list of conferences, round table discussions and partnerships with public and private organizations, the aim being to boost Milans energy level during MiArt, and turn the Lombardy regions capital city into a wellspring of contemporary art capable of satisfying the demands of the international collectors and curators who are expected to throng to the fair.
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