April is, by definition, one of the busiest month in Milan’s cultural and artistic background: the feeling that the city is waking up from a grey and cold winter is not only a weather-related concept; spring comes in April and with the sun blooms the most interesting and involving events in town.
As for the first Sunday of sun, I was curious to visit the MiArt which as the biggest and most known of Milan’s art fairs was celebrating its 18th birthday. I read a lot about it on the Internet and newspapers. It seems that this last edition was defined as the most successful one. More than 137 galleries from 15 different countries exposed their art and the new “layout” of the Fair deserved important comparisons with the Paris’ FIAC or the famous Art Basel in Switzerland.
MiArt is a great opportunity to find and buy art, but it’s not only about the commercial side of art. It’s also a true expo for visitors not interested in buying but just, as I was, in looking for what was new and interesting on the artistic scene. From paintings to sculptures, from new emerging design to old classics, MiArt was definitely a very interesting way to spend a Sunday with my friends!
I picked here a couple of my favorites, including a beautiful Basquiat painting that was for sure my favorite “find” of the fair! Jean-Michel Basquiat was probably one of the most celebrated artists of the fair from the most innovative artists exposed there… how could I not love it?
As it happens often in Milan, especially for big events, the main event is often related to a chain of other events in town: many galleries and museums offered special events and were often open until very late during the days of the Fair. The Museo del Novecento, the Fondazione Prada, the Hangar, the Triennale, the Pac were just a few of the many that participated in the related events with expos, talks and interviews with artists and curators, live art, design and much more.
The Fondazione Trussardi was part of the event, with a kind of “after-party” (called here dopo-fiera): every night during the fair a real festival was on at the Teatro Arsenale with music, live art, experimental shows, DJ sets and much more.
One of the biggest components of the MiArt was its technological support: from “Miartalks,” a new platform created for conferences with interviews and talks via the mobile app. This year was one of the most multi-media driven of the fairs, where artistic and technological innovations were the only keys to open Milan’s heart!