Crescendo is both the title and the theme of the 27th edition of miart (April 14-16, 2023), Milan's international modern and contemporary art fair organized by Fiera Milano and directed by Nicola Ricciardi.
A crescendo is a musical term that refers to a progressive increase in sound intensity. In reference to miart, the term implies the fair’s progressive expansion throughout the previous two editions, as well as a wish to continue on this upward trend in 2024.
In 2023, with the participation of 169 galleries from 27 countries, the international group of exhibitors increased by 40 percent, also thanks to significant new entries like, Kendall Koppe (Glasgow), Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles, Brussels, New York, Marfa), Perrotin (Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai), Chris Sharp Gallery (Los Angeles), Esther Schipper (Berlin, Paris, Seoul), Galerie Gregor Staiger (Zurich, Milan), Tim Van Laere Gallery (Antwerp) and Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Paris), to name but a few. Furthermore, the total number of awards, commissions, and acquisition funds available at the fair has been increased, and an unprecedented number of collateral projects involving the city and its institutions will be undertaken.
For the first time, the fair’s content will reach and contaminate other venues in the city center, beginning with Triennale Milano, which will hold a series of conversations on and around art’s power to transcend conventional forms and intersect with other fields and disciplines. The talks series, titled miart LIVE at Triennale Milano, takes place on Saturday April 15 and features renowned figures in the cultural sphere such as Massimiliano Gioni and Beatrice Trussardi, Jonathan Monk and Angharad Williams, Gianni Pettena and Italo Rota. The partnership between miart and Triennale Milano is further reinforced by a new edition of FOG—Triennale Milano Performig Arts which, during the days of the fair, will present two Italian premieres: How a Falling Star Lit Up The Purple Sky by Jeremy Nedd and Impilo Mapantsula (April 12 and 13); and Le sacre du printemps, a choreographic research by Dewey Dell inspired by Igor Stravinskij’s masterpiece (April 15 and 16).
The relationship with Fondazione Nicola Trussardi is also remarkable. The foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a nomadic museum on April 13th, when Beatrice Trussardi and Massimiliano Gioni will welcome the public to participate in cutting a cake, graciously supplied by Maurizio Cattelan, within miart.
The new collaboration with the fashion brand MSGM, which has commissioned a site-specific installation inside miart by the artist couple Eva & Franco Mattes, therefore reinforces the movement of content within and outside the fair. The piece is composed of digital channels that allow data transfer and includes a secret image that is delivered to random passers-by via AirDrop.
The synergies between private and public spheres of art are further addressed in a renewed edition of the Milano Art Week (April 11–16), the widespread event coordinated by miart and the Culture Department of Milan City Council. During the week, several exhibitions will open at the city’s primary venues. Among them: Ann Veronica Janssens‘ solo show at Pirelli HangarBicocca; Dara Birnbaum‘s exhibition at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada; Candice Lin at GAM Galleria d’Arte Moderna in collaboration with Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro; Yuri Ancarani‘s solo show at PAC; and Forum 900 at Museo del Novecento, which transforms the large gallery spaces into a place for discussions. Lastly, there will be no shortage of initiatives dedicated to public art including the inauguration of new works by Rossella Biscotti, Liliana Moro, Otobong Nkanga at ArtLine, the site-specific contemporary art path set in the Citylife park, Franco Mazzucchelli‘s double installation displayed both at Triennale Milano and in Darsena, and, on the façade of Triennale building, there a new monumental installation by Nico Vascellari.
Viale Scarampo, Pavilion 3, Gate 5