Modenantiquaria becomes. Evolution: nine online meetings with industry experts

Modenantiquaria this year becomes Evolution: nine meetings in nine days with experts in ancient art to talk about great masterpieces and more. Here is the full program.

The fairs are still suspended because of Covid, and so this year Modenantiquaria, the great exhibition-market of high Antiques, for 34 years a traditional destination for art lovers, collectors, experts in the field in search of quality pieces for Museums and major international collections, goes online and presents Modenantiquaria Evolution, a rich schedule of live online broadcasts that, from May 22 to 30, will bring to the public nine events to talk about art, antiques and culture, together with leading experts in the field, with live broadcasts on Modenantiquaria’s website or on its social channels (as well as on the Facebook page of Finestre sull’Arte, which will broadcast all the meetings).

Modenantiquaria, sponsored by the Associazione Antiquari d’Italia and FIMA, has thus decided to... respond to the health emergency, with a high-level event. “Modenantiquaria has chosen a precise positioning, identifying an important space for the Italian and international market,” explains ModenaFiere director Marco Momoli, “it wants to be the reference event for a wide audience that has an interest in antiques, attentive, eager not only to admire but also to buy gratifying their love for beauty.”

As a preview to the XXXV Edition of the Exhibition, which will be held Feb. 5-13, 2022 at ModenaFiere, Modenantiquaria is therefore organizing an online event of meetings with the great protagonists of antiques: nine meetings in nine days to talk about art, antiques and culture. On the one hand, an opportunity to delve into the contents of the Exhibition, with the presence of the great protagonists of antiques, and on the other hand, the presentation of two major novelties that await visitors to the Exhibition next year.

The first novelty is the first edition of Sculptura. Italian Masterpieces from the Thirteenth to the Twentieth Century, a new exhibition section that will present the public and collectors with sculptural works of great value and suggestion: sculpture in recent times is experiencing a season of happy creativity, capable of arousing renewed market interest. Modenantiquaria therefore wants to be the most suitable place to learn about new trends, authors, proposals, and quotations. The exhibition, which will be developed on an area of about 500 square meters, will be characterized by an original path inspired by the glorious tradition of the Italian garden; every single work will be displayed and enhanced thanks to the arrangements designed by architect Ruggero Moncada di Paternò, who is in charge of the entire project. The works for the 2022 Edition will be selected by a scientific committee composed of some of the most accredited scholars in the Italian art scene: Andrea Bacchi, Aldo Galli, and Fernando Mazzocca. “This new exhibition,” says Francesca Moratti, head of Modenantiquaria, “will present the public and connoisseurs with sculptural works of such great value and uniqueness that we are convinced they will compete for ownership. Unique and priceless works that will create a new Exhibition within the Exhibition, the first in Italy dedicated to Sculptural Art.”

The second novelty is the significant renovation of PETRA, XXVII Exhibition of Antique, Decoration & Design for Parks, Gardens and Renovations, with the realization of a completely new project that will strengthen the meaning and identity of the Exhibition, unique in Europe for the proposal of antique objects of garden and outdoor furniture. The works of the galleries present will be selected by a scientific committee and harmonized in a context, with a setting of 2800 square meters of beautiful greenery and with a careful arrangement that enhances their uniqueness.

The program of Modenantiquaria Evolution

It begins on May 22 at 3 p.m. with institutional greetings by Mauro Felicori (Councillor for Culture Emilia-Romagna Region), Andrea Bortolamasi (Councillor for Culture City of Modena), and Marco Momoli (Director ModenaFiere), who will kick off Modenantiquaria Evolution. Pietro Cantore, president of Associazione Antiquari Modenesi, will illustrate the masterpieces of the XXXIV Edition to the public, together with Lorenza Cerbini of Corriere della Sera. Curator of the BPER Gallery Collection, Lucia Peruzzi, will tell stories, curiosities and anecdotes by recreating a digital guided tour of the BPER Gallery and its precious masterpieces.

Space will then be given to the Scrigno d’Arte palimpsest that, with its four appointments, will be held on Sunday, May 23 with Storie dipinte: dal sacro al profano dal XVI al XVIII secolo (protagonists Cantore Galleria Antiquaria, Maurizio Nobile Fine Art, Fondantico di Tiziana Sassoli, Robilant + Voena, Galleria Cesare Lampronti, moderated by Marina Mojana of Il Sole 24 Ore); Tuesday, May 25 (6 p.m.) with Arti minori? Not at all (protagonists Romigioli Antichità, Brun Fine Art, Callisto Fine Arts, Altomani & Sons, Piva & C., moderated by Sabrina Rappoli of Sky TG 24), Wednesday, May 26 with Novecento mai visto (with Robertaebasta, Studiolo di Stefano and Guido Cribiori, Bottegantica, Galleria Berardi, Enrico Gallerie d’Arte, moderated by Chiara Gatti of Repubblica), and Thursday, May 27 with Natura in posa: From Golden Grounds to Neoclassical Painting protagonists Fabrizio Moretti, Miriam Di Penta Fine Arts, Paolo Antonacci, Gallo Fine Art, Longari Arte Milano (moderated by Federico Giannini of Finestre sull’Arte).

The new Sculpture section comes as a preview in the column, curated by Marco Carminati, The Marble that Flies, conversations about great masterpieces: the Vatican Laocoon with Paolo Liverani, Monday, May 24, 6 p.m:00; Michelangelo’s David with Cecile Hollberg and antiquarians Padovani and Orsi, Thursday, May 27 at 9:00 p.m.; Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne with Andrea Bacchi, AAI President Alessandra di Castro and Botticelli, Saturday, May 29 at 3:00 p.m.00; Canova’s Pauline Borghese with Aldo Galli and Alberto di Castro, Sunday, May 30 at 9 p.m.

Modenantiquaria Evolution will then also dedicate an important appointment to the XXVIII edition of Petra in preview. And so it is that the Biohabitat Foundation(, which promotes and supports the study of green culture, biodiversity and the multifunctional role of the agricultural enterprise through information, professional training and digitization and fosters a multidisciplinary culture that sees green as a common denominator, is promoting on behalf of ModenaFiere a speaking event entitled The Gardens of Petra: dialogue between ancient and nature. ModenaFiere promotes the interdisciplinarity and transversality of green as both a structural and experiential element.

Again, on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 6 p.m., streamed from a “total green location,” together with AIAPP TER (Italian Association of Landscape Architecture) will talk about landscape culture and design, relaunch for the 2022 edition the competition I GIARDINI DI PETRA: dialogue between ancient and nature, design and implementation of 15 temporary gardens in which the artistic element becomes the protagonist and merges with the landscape, designers will be asked to renew the expression of material form in the garden also with a view to sustainability. Following this, Fondazione will organize, at Bononia (via Sacco e Vanzetti, 10 Bologna - an evening “Vernissage Green”: a moment of meeting and discussion with Bolognese institutions on the theme of green art and culture. The event will be organized in full compliance with current Covid regulations.

Modenantiquaria, in this its innovative formula, is realized in co-production with BPER Banca, historical partner of the event since the first edition. For the occasion, BPER Banca will provide its social space for cultural insights, relaunching the scheduled events on the BPER Banca Forum Monzani Facebook page and the related YouTube channel.

Modenantiquaria becomes. Evolution: nine online meetings with industry experts
Modenantiquaria becomes. Evolution: nine online meetings with industry experts

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