For Its First Virtual Edition, Miart, Milan’s Annual Contemporary Art Fair, Hopes to Bring a Global Focus to Local Arts Institutions

Emilee Geist

Milan has had a tumultuous year. The northern Italian city, famed for its sophisticated fashions and cultivated arts scene, was devastated by the pandemic, and now, in the months following, is struggling to bounce back amid the resulting economic fallout. But the local art and cultural sectors are aiming to […]

Milan has had a tumultuous year.

The northern Italian city, famed for its sophisticated fashions and cultivated arts scene, was devastated by the pandemic, and now, in the months following, is struggling to bounce back amid the resulting economic fallout.

But the local art and cultural sectors are aiming to bring some joy—and business—back to the city with the return of Milan Art Week from September 7 to 13.

Of course, nothing will be as usual. Miart, the city’s annual international modern and contemporary art fair and the backbone of Milan’s Art Week, has gone exclusively digital for 2020. The fair hopes to use the reach of its online platform to draw attention to local arts institutions that are hosting a rich program of events, from by-appointment studio tours, to streaming concerts during the week, many of which will be broadcast to a global audience for the first time.

“Galleries, artists, museums, exhibitions, and art spaces worldwide are experimenting with new ways to reach their audiences, exploring the digital world as a proximity space. We are witnessing a global effort to transform distance into sharing,” the fair said in a statement.  

The event itself has seen robust enthusiasm for its digital edition, with more than 130 national and international exhibitors participating. The show will be organized into the four collecting fields for which Miart is best-known: Modern, contemporary, emerging art, and collectible design.

Miart Digital is live from September 10–13, 2020. 

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