Full Title: “Milan’s Miart Fair Is Making Its In-Person Return This September With a Slew of Poetry-Inspired Initiatives (via Artnet)”
Milan’s international art fair, Miart, is making a much anticipated in-person return this September. The lively Italian fair was gaining new attention back in 2019 when a number of blue-chip international galleries joined as exhibitors for the first time. After segueing into a virtual platform last year, the fair is returning to a much-changed city this fall with a robust 145 international galleries showcasing everything from modern masters to emerging contemporary artists, from September 17 to 19.
After a year of upheaval and tragedy in Milan, the edition has adopted the title “Dismantling the Silence” for this year’s edition, taking the name from a collection of poems by the Serbian-born American poet Charles Simić. The fair will present a series of initiatives “designed to trigger new dialogues between past and present, history and experimentation, and promoting the blossoming of new forms of communication among all the subjects that have always animated the fair,” according to a statement.
Among these is the ongoing editorial project “And Flowers / Words.” For the past three months, Italian literary and cultural figures, including Massimiliano Gioni, Mariangela Gualtieri, Luca Lo Pinto, and Emanuele Trevi, have held weekly online conversations in which they discuss the intersections of art and language.
Now, the fair is also launching “Starry Worlds,” a project inspired by Adrienne Rich’s poem “For Memory” (1981) and the lines “freedom is daily, prose-bound, routine/ remembering. Putting together, inch by inch / the starry worlds. From all the lost collections.”