There are already 143 galleries participating in the 16th edition of ArtVerona, the Fair dedicated to modern and contemporary art to be held from 15 to 17 October at Veronafiere, in presence and with all safety measures in place, under the art direction of Stefano Raimondi. A significant and encouraging outcome after more than a year of standby in all national and international fair activities, that confirms the high standing of ArtVerona within the scenario of sector events, also thanks to the cooperation with ANGAMC, the Italian Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries. The Fair presents seven sections, with various new features. In addition to the modern and contemporary art galleries of the Main Section, wide space will also be dedicated to emerging and experimental projects ranging from residencies to no-profit organisations and to art magazines. The new section Evolution consists of 6 galleries working with artists who conduct their artistic research using artificial intelligence, social networks, robotics, video games, 3D animations, Coding, Big Data and nano-technologies.

Introduction, one of the major novelties of the 2021 edition of ArtVerona curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, hosts 6 young galleries presented by 6 among the most prestigious and acclaimed historicalItalian galleries.

Lab1, curated by Giulia Floris, is the new project dedicated to artist residencies and experimental no-profit entities active in contemporary art in Italy. Seven spaces have been invited to develop a project for the fair in dialogue with an institutional artist residency ongoing in Italy.

Solo is the section that invites 9 participating galleries to highlight a young Italian artist through a monographic project, while Next is the space dedicated to 15 galleries that present and promote up to three talents of the youngest generations.

Pages is a special project curated by Ginevra Bria that runs in parallel with the more traditional section dedicated to publishing, by inviting 6 magazines – Archivio, Exibart, ISIT.magazine, Kabul, Perimetro and TBD ULTRAMAGAZINE – to illustrate their backgrounds, the role of criticism and information and their connections with the artists, immersed in the Italian art system, via a monographic curatorship project.

ArtVerona has engaged Paola Pivi for the immersive project called Red Carpet that will take the shape of an entirely livable carpet in the Galleria dei Signori, a large area between the Fair’s pavilions. The work will be created in partnership with Aquafil S.p.A., one of the world’s major enterprises in the production of synthetic fibers from recycled materials. Within the section of awards and prizes, ArtVerona furthers its commitment in favour of the Italian System with three new awards: the Premio Massimiliano Galliani per il disegno under 35, dedicated to drawing and to emerging visual research, the Premio De Buris Famiglia Tommasi, open to all young Italian and international figurative artists under 35, and RAR-Residenza Artsitica Rurale. This edition also sees the return of other proven awards: Premio Icona, Fondo di acquisizione A Disposizione. Veronafiere per l’arte, Level 0, sponsored by the major Italian foundations and museums, A Collection, Premio Studio Montani Tesei under 35, Premio Casarini Duetorrihotels per la pittura under 35, Premio MZ Costruzioni, Premio Display and Sustainable Art Prize, promoted by the ‘Ca’ Foscari’ University of Venice.

Saverio Verini will conduct the StandChat conversation between the public and the artists and, new for this year, also with the gallery managers representing them, thereby extending the dialogue to another key figure of the art system. Moreover, after the online appointments of the past few months with Talks and Counterpoint, the encounters with ArtVerona return to the Fair with the new podcast  project Talknow!. On all days of the Fair, the curator Maria Chiara Valacchi over the radio will talk further in depth about the contents of the Fair together with artists, gallery managers, curators and collectors, reviewing new projects, exhibitions and curious facts on the occasion of this reopening.

The 2021 edition of ArtVerona places the city of Verona at the centre of its cultural proposal, giving everyone the occasion to visit even unexplored areas. In tune with the spirit of collaboration with the city’s main public and private institutions, ArtVerona presents Art & the City, a program of cultural initiatives dedicated to collecting, performance and video art. In detail, from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 October the Museo di Castelvecchio will host three events of Performance&TheCity, curated by Claudia Santeroni and Maria Marzia Minelli, with the performances of Marijke De Roover, SAGG Napoli and Sophie Jung, three international artists who will present three different ways of interpreting some of the more urgent themes on which contemporary times demand our reflection.

Friday 15 October at Palazzo Poste there will be the opening of the exhibition called Video&TheCity/BLAST (15-19 October 2021), curated by Jessica Bianchera and Marta Ferretti, proposing a selection of internationally famous artists together with young talents including Regina José Galindo, Santiago Sierra, Daniela Comani, Inhabitants, Amir Yatziv, Elisa Caldana, Diego Tonus, Michal Martychowiec, Rebecca Moccia, Simona Andrioletti, Sofia Borelli, Chiara Ventura, all of whom use video and moving images to analyse and evidence various categories of violence, often incorporating new technologies and digital circulation methods. The exhibition is part of a more ample program of research aimed at the expanded and participated exploration of the relationship between violence, document and public truth using the video medium. The project has been developed in partnership with AgiVerona, Careof, Diplomart, LOOP Barcelona, Palazzo Poste Verona, Recontemporary, Seven Gravity Collection, and with the sponsorship of the Cariverona Foundation.

Saturday 16 October, double appointment at Palazzo Orti Manara with the launching of the exhibition Collection&TheCity/Ciak Collecting: Collezionismo Italiano Attivo, curated by Irene Sofia Comi, the aim of which is to map the Italian collecting scene through the spotlighting of several individual and collective approaches that focus on the collector as the leading role player and activator of shared experiences. This will be conducted in parallel with the Critical Collecting. Antologia 2016-2020, a publication curated by Antonio Grulli that is one of the most detailed anthologies of Italian collecting to date, with the involvement of 50 art critics and as many collectors.

On Sunday, 17 October, ArtVerona will share its Fair time with Vinitaly Special Edition, an event created to celebrate the restart of the wine-making sector through an innovative and professional format with a strong international vocation. Finally, Veronafiere has put in place an effective anti Covid-19 protocol to make sure that all exhibitors, visitors and organisers can safely cohabit the pavilions without upsetting the sense of the visit to this event.