The 21st edition of the Milan International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art, or Miart, opens in Italy on April 7, bringing 154 international exhibitors from 16 countries to the financial capital of Italy. With a strong focus on modern and contemporary art, the fair is also known for its unique design section—a mix of genres that wouldn’t be easy to stage in other cities, but feels perfectly natural in Milan.
In 2012, Vincenzo de Bellis took the reins as the Miart’s artistic director, and has managed to transform it from a fair for local exhibitors mostly dealing in the secondary market, to a vibrant and exciting fair on the European agenda, attracting international exhibitors and European collectors to Milan for what has become a week of openings and events.
Last week, de Bellis was named visual art curator at the Walker Art Center, alongside Adrienne Edwards. artnet News caught up with the dynamic Italian fair director and curator before the fair’s 2016 edition—after which de Bellis will relocate from Milan to Minneapolis—to discuss the changing business of managing art fairs, the importance of working together with other institutions, and the relevance of smaller art fairs for exhibiting galleries. Read More