MiArt Fair Returns to Milan With a Surreal Theme for 2024

The modern and contemporary art fair opens to the public April 12, 2023.

Courtesy of Miart.

The international modern adn contemporary art fair Miart is returning to Milan, just in time for the city’s much-anticipated art week. Premiering April 12 and running through April 14, 2024, the fair will once again directed by Nicola Ricciardi. Last year’s edition was marked by a dramatic 40 percent increase in the international exhibitor roster, yet the forthcoming edition is slated to maintain this growth momentum with a double-digit increase in the total number of galleries participating. Hailing from 28 countries, the fair promises to be the most dynamic and diverse yet.

Miart 2024, no time no space. Creative Direction: @cabinet_milano. Photo: @charlieengman. Cabinet Team: Fabio Maragno, Nicola Narbone, Rossana Passalacqua, Benedetta Stefani, Francesco Valtolina. Sound: Luca Venturini @waltermagi_.

The 28th edition of the event is titled “no time no space,” and will be accompanied by a visual campaign that alludes to the fair’s mission of expanding its scope both across international boundaries as well as through time—engaging with the past, present, and future of art. The visual aspect of no time no space is the product of multidisciplinary studio Cabinet Milano and American photographer Charlie Engman, and revolves around a Surrealist journey in which the normative boundaries separating art, nature, reality, and imagination are dissolved. Central to the images is a portal, or door, a metaphor for moving between worlds.

Teresa Lanceta, Subían y bajaban (1987). Courtesy of the artist and 1 Mira Madrid.

Teresa Lanceta, Subían y bajaban (1987). Courtesy of the artist and 1 Mira Madrid.

In addition to the gallery presentations, 10 prizes will be awarded over the course of the fair, including the Fondazione Fiera Milano Acquisition Fund, begun in 2012, which will allocate €100,000 to acquire work from Miart for the institution’s collection. Other prizes include the Herno Prize, awarding €10,000 to the best stand exhibition; the Orbital Culture—Nexi Group Prize, dedicated to photography; and the Matteo Visconti di Modrone Prize, awarding €10,000 to an artist to create a sculpture at the historic bronze foundry Fonderia Artistica Battaglia with the help of artisans.

Patrizio di Massimo, Stelle (2023). Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin.

Patrizio di Massimo, Stelle (2023). Courtesy of ChertLüdde, Berlin.

The main section of the fair, titled “Established,” is slated to host a range of thought-provoking exhibitions. New participants include Helena Anrather, Galerie Buchholz, and Fortes D’Aloia and Gabriel, who will join returning galleries like Andrew Kreps Gallery, Galerie Lelong and Co., and Richard Saltoun Gallery. Complementing the main section is “Emergent,” curated by Attilia Fattori Franchini and spotlighting galleries who are fostering the next generation of artists. For the first time, a new section called “Portal,” curated by Julieta González and Abash Mirvali, will feature 12 galleries that will stage 10 small exhibitions shown across the “Established” section, weaving the overarching theme of the fair throughout.

Armin Linke, Tornado, Pantelleria, Italia (2007). Courtesy of the artist and Vistamare, Pescara, Milan.

Armin Linke, Tornado, Pantelleria, Italia (2007). Courtesy of the artist and Vistamare, Pescara, Milan.

Though a mainstay of the city of Milan and Italy, Miart has—and continues—to become a bastion of the international art world calendar. The 2024 edition promises to highlight the growth of the fair thus far, and promises a slate of not-to-be-missed offerings from the cutting edge of modern and contemporary art today.

Learn more about visiting Miart here.


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