Arte Fiera, Italy’s premier art show is bigger and better in 2015.

The country’s largest and oldest art fair begins this Friday and will run for four days in Bologna from the 23 to the 26 of January. The international modern and contemporary show will attract upwards of 50,000 visitors.

Arte Fiera, the only national art show to work in partnership with the Italian Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries, will showcase more than 2,000 individual works by more than 1,000 artists in 185 different art galleries, a 47% increase over the last two years.

The 39th annual show will feature internationally acclaimed Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani, Alighiero Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Also showcased will be Alberto Burri, who is soon to have an exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum.

Bologna will also host the return of Art City for a third year, a hugely successful schedule of cultural events designed to draw more visitors to the city’s many museums and art venues. Included this year will be the national premier of the film Mr. Turner, a probable Oscar candidate and Cannes film festival favorite about the nineteenth century British painter.

These are only a few example of the hundreds of events that will take place in Bologna during the weekend. One such exhibition is organized by THE POOL NYC, an art gallery founded by three young Italians art experts living in New York City. The show take place in one of the most beautiful palazzos you can find in town: Palazzo Sassoli de’ Bianchi.

The exhibition “ALLIEVO e Maestri. Andrea Salvatori e Bertozzi & Casoni” shows several works by three excellent Italian contemporary ceramists. Below is one of the most impressive sculptures I saw this afternoon.

If you want to know more about THE POOL NYC visit their website.

“Astratto” Bertozzi & Casoni ceramic policroma

Around Bologna during ArteFiera 2015…

Yesterday we went to ArteFiera 2015 Vernissage and it was very exciting!

Below are some gallery photos from the show. The first is a Nicola Bolla and the second is made by famous Italian sculptor Igor Mitoraj.

Igor Mitoraj - Estevillas

Igor Mitoraj – Estevillas



Bologna is not only art. It is also superb food, great shopping and more. Two tips for you: a design store and a bistrot.

Just right next to Palazzo Sassoli de’ Bianchi is the can’t miss Galleria Cavour and one of our favorite shops in town, Il Borgo delle Tovaglie.


Borgo 1

Born in 1996 as a tablecloth manufacturing firm in the ancient Via delle Tovaglie in Bologna, it was transformed in 2005 by the eclectic Valentina Muggia and her husband Giuliano Di Paolo. It established an intense dialogue with contemporary times, becoming a reference point in the panorama of furnishing and decoration.

Today Borgo delle Tovaglie is a worldwide known brand that can be found in the best furnishing shops. It is a brand that finds its vital force in the cultural roots of the best Italian tradition and over the years has expressed a strong heart of modernity and innovation guided by the continuous search for the new and exciting. It is worth a visit!


If you are tired of browsing the shops and looking for something delicious, young and dynamic to finish your day on the town, go to Twinside Bistrot. You will not be disappointed at all!

Arte Fiera:

Where: Bologna Exhibition Center, West Entrance

When: January 23 – 26, 2015

Friday 23 – Sunday 25: 11 am – 7 pm

Monday 26: 11 am – 5 pm


Daily: € 20.00

2-Day: € 30.00

3-Day: € 33.00

4-Day: € 35.00

Free admission for children up to 10 years

Group discount (15 people or more): € 15.00 per person


The Pool NYC exihibition

Palazzo Sassoli de’ Bianchi

Via Farini 14, 40124 – Bologna

22‐26 January 2015


Il Borgo delle Tovaglie

Via Farini 10, 40124 – Bologna


Twinside Bistrot

Via de’ Falegnami 6,  40121 Bologna

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