Miart 2016

Words by Elena Scarpa
January 26, 2016

The 21st edition of miart will take place in Milan from the 8th to the 10th of April, 2016.

miart is a fair in which modern and contemporary art communicate constant references with explicit echoes; it affords a situation to grasp links between the past and present. It will emphasize this aspect aspiring to work on the possibility of testing institutional strategies that differ from existing models, the aim being to set out along a path in which miart plays an active role in modern and contemporary production throughout the entire year, not just during the days of the art fair.

It was announced on the 26th of January that miart 2016 sections, chosen by Vincenzo de Bellis will be:

A selection of international galleries that promote modern and contemporary art, subdivided into Masters, Contemporary and First Step.
Masters: A category for galleries that show artworks made before the year 2000, in a selection that ranges from the masters of modern art to artists being rediscovered today.
Contemporary: A category for primary market galleries that focus on contemporary languages, from current classics to new and recent productions.
First Step: A category devoted to galleries participating for the first time at miart or which participated in the past in the Emergent section and are now passing to the Established section. Participation in the First Step category is permitted for a maximum of two editions of the fair.


A section that pays tribute to the central role of galleries and their history in an itinerary that crosses the 20th century, divided by decades. Each booth, through a monographic or thematic exhibition, presents a key moment of the period in question. Curated by: Alberto Salvadori, Director, Museo Marino Marini, Firenze


Invitational curated section. Each booth – shared by two different galleries – presents a dialogue between works by two artists from different generations, in an interaction between historical impact and experimentation. Curated by:  Jarrett Gregory, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA, Los Angeles and Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


A section for young galleries with no more than five years of experience at the moment of registration (October 2015), whose programming focuses on the latest generations. Curated by: Nikola Dietrich, Independent Curator, Berlin


Section on galleries active in the promotion of experimental design, decorative arts and limited editions, whose activities are the result of close collaboration with designers. Curated by: Domitilla Dardi, Design Curator, MAXXI Architettura, Rome

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