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miart. Dismantling the Silence

Dismantling the Silence is the title of the visual campaign created by Studio Folder for miart 2021, the twenty-fifth edition of the modern and contemporary art fair in Milan organized by Fiera Milano and directed for the first year by Nicola Ricciardi — which will take place in a hybrid form, physical and digital, from 17 to 19 September.

Dismantling the Silence is miart’s response to an art world that is going through a period of profound transformation and which – after almost two years of absence and silence – is now looking for new ways to communicate.

The campaign takes its title from the eponymous collection of poems by Charles Simić – Serbian-born American poet, translator and academic, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1990 – which was published in 1971 and celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. miart decided to start with and from poetry, a medium closely intertwined with the history of art, in order to build a path in steps that will be revealed over the course of the next six months, following the time and rhythm needed to break the silence and fill it with new content and new meaning. The campaign designed by Studio Folder is inspired by the current of expressive typography and utilize the font Perpetua that was used for the first publication of Charles Simić’s collection in 1971.

The letters are broken down into lines that reveal the message through movement, thanks to animation and the Moiré pattern – an interference figure created by the superimposition of two patterns, which creates the optical illusion of movement – for the analogue and digital media.

So, the „breaking of silence“ takes place through an action that becomes a game on different media, reflecting the dual nature – physical and digital. Starting in April 2021 and until miart is opened to the public Dismantling the Silence will disclose the story of miart’s many souls – the dialogue between past and present, history and experimentation, and the interdisciplinary approach to the coexistence of modern art, contemporary art, design and applied arts – through the blossoming, after silence, of new words.

Adrian Paci, Untitled, 2021. wool 200 x 300 x 1 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 x 0.4 cm Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto Milano / New York. Section: Established Contemporary. Photography: Andrea Rosetti
Adrian Paci, Untitled, 2021. wool 200 x 300 x 1 cm / 78.7 x 118.1 x 0.4 cm Courtesy of the artist and kaufmann repetto Milano / New York. Section: Established Contemporary. Photography: Andrea Rosetti

This year’s edition (17 – 19 September 2021, VIP preview 16 September):
With enhanced digital presence and a strong international profile thanks to 142 galleries operating in 21 countries, which confirmed their participation in the twenty-fifth edition of miart.

Galleries, operating across 20 Countries besides Italy (Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Peru, Poland, United Kingdom, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, United States of America, Hungary, Uruguay) will traditionally be divided into 5 sections – Established Contemporary, Established Masters, Emergent, Decades, Generations. The selected galleries will display works by established contemporaries, modern masters, and emerging young artists in the fiera milano city pavilions as well as on a dedicated digital platform.

miart remains the Italian art exhibition with the most extensive chronological offering: from the early 20th century to creations by the latest generations, it proposes an itinerary replete with dialogues, discoveries and rediscoveries.

The 2021 edition will welcome the return of numerous international galleries that are strengthening their connection with Milan, like Clearing (New York, Bruxelles, Beverly Hills), Corvi-Mora (London), MLF | Marie- Laure Fleisch (Bruxelles), Peter Kilchmann (Zurich), Lange + Pult (Zurich, Auvernier), Lelong &Co (Paris, New York), Robilant+Voena (London, Milan, New York, Paris), SMAC (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch), Galerie Hubert Winter (Vienna), among others.

They will be joined by some interesting gallerists that have chosen miart for the first time, like Piero Atchugarry Gallery (Miami,Garzón), Charim Galerie (Vienna), Edouard Simoens Gallery (Knokke), QG Gallery (Knokke), and more. Many of the most prominent Italian contemporary galleries will also make their return, including Galleria Continua (San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, San Paolo, Paris), Raffaella Cortese (Milan), Monica De Cardenas (Milan, Zuoz, Lugano), kaufmann repetto (Milan, New York), Francesca Minini (Milan), Massimo Minini (Brescia), Franco Noero (Turin), P420 (Bologna), Lia Rumma (Milan, Naples), Schiavo Zoppelli(Milano), Vistamare | Vistamarestudio (Pescara, Milano), ZERO…(Milano).

William Kentridge, LEXICON, 2017. Set of 44 small bronzes 136,5 × 180 × 18 cm, Edition of 8. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma Milano/Napoli. Section: Established Contemporary
William Kentridge, LEXICON, 2017. Set of 44 small bronzes 136,5 × 180 × 18 cm, Edition of 8. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma Milano/Napoli. Section: Established Contemporary

Moreover, a strong selection of galleries active in the promotion of historical positions and post-war art will include: Cardelli & Fontana (Sarzana), Cardi (Milan, London), Cortesi (Lugano, Milan), Frediano Farsetti(Milan), Frittelli (Florence), Galleria d’Arte Maggiore G.A.M. (Bologna, Paris, Milan), Mazzoleni (London, Turin), Montrasio (Milan, Monza), Repetto Gallery (London), Gian Enzo Sperone (Sent, New York), Tornabuoni Arte (Florence, Milan, Forte dei Marmi, Crans Montana, Paris) and many others.

As a tribute to the history and tradition of Milan, there will also be space for collectible design, through the work and research of some of the most prestigious Milanese galleries active in this field, such as Galleria Luisa delle Piane (Milan), Galleria Rossella Colombari (Milan) and Nilufar (Milan).

Among the curated sections of the fair, Decades—curated by Alberto Salvadori—will explore the history of the 20th century through monographic or thematic booths presenting key moments of a specific decade —from the 1910s to the 2010s. Special consideration will also be given to a new generation of dealers thanks to a renovated Emergent section —curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini—including exhibitors from 13 different countries: Austria, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Polonia, Perù, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, and USA.

And finally, once again galleries will be paired up and called on to stage interactions and exchanges with artists of different ages in the Generations section. The editorial project And Flowers / Words extends this research through weekly online discussions between Artistic Director Nicola Ricciardi and key Italian cultural figures who share an interest in the written or spoken word. The project And Flowers / Words is titled after the poem Pastoral, in the same collection, whose first lines reads:

I came to a field
Where the grass was silence
And flowers Words

Some of the personalities that it would be part of this research project are:Luca Cerizza,critic and curator; Chiara Costa, Head of Programs, Fondazione Prada; Moira Egan, poet and translator; Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and New Museum (NY); Lorenzo Giusti, Director, GAMeC –Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Mariangela Gualtieri, poet; Luca Lo Pinto, Artistic Director, MACRO –Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; Cristiana Perrella, Director, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Sergio Ricciardone, Artistic Director, Club to Club; Emanuele Trevi, literary critic and writer.

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