Artefiera Bologna International Fair of Modern + Contemporary Art: January 29 – February 1, 2016


Artefiera 2015 Bologna

Artefiera Bologna

ARTEFIERA January 29 – February 1, 2016: once again this year with the 40th edition, Bologna hosts Artefiera: International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. This is one of the most important contemporary art fairs in Italy and is only a quick 35 minute train ride to Bologna from Florence, and SACI students love attending this big event every spring! Galleries from all of the country as well as international ones will be exhibiting over 1100 contemporary artists. And the night of Saturday, January 30, the city of Bologna has a “White Night” celebration where shops, art galleries and museums will be open late into the wee hours of the night and having special events (see below).


ARTEFIERA 2016 will open its doors for its 40th edition with 190 modern and contemporary art galleries, 222 exhibitors, underlining the growth and the international importance of the eventas the largest exhibition of Italian modern and contemporary art.

20,000 m2 of exhibition space – 3 pavilions: 25,26 and 32 – over 2000 works and more than 1000 artists represented.

A great tribute to the city of Bologna, to celebrate 40 years of the event: the national premier of River of Fundament, the film by Mathew Barney will debut at the Teatro Comunale, and the exhibition ARTEFIERA 40, with two exhibition venues: at the Pinacoteca di Bologna (“The galleries’ view of great Italian art”) which gathers the main exponents of four decades of Italian artistic production and the promising youngsters who may become the masters of the future of contemporary art and at MAMbo, the Museum of Modern Art Bologna, “The Story of a Collection,” which will exhibit a selection of works acquired by BolognaFiere.

An even richer program of events for ART CITY Bologna and the White Night of Art on Saturday 30th January with hundreds of events and thousands of people enjoying the most magical night of art of the year.



Bologna Exhibition Center

January 29 – February 1, 2016

Thursday January 28 from 12 to 9 PM

Friday 29 to Sunday 31 January from 11 AM to 7 PM
Monday February 1 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Ovest Costituzione

It is forbidden to enter the exhibition Halls with luggage or parcels which must be left in the cloakroom next to the ticket offices.

Daily ticket: € 20,00
4-day ticket: € 35,00
3-day ticket: € 33,00
2-day ticket: € 30,00

Free admission for children up to 10 years old

Discounts for groups (from 15 people): € 15,00 per person

50% discount for students + free entrance for 1 accompany person. The group leader shall present the full name list on headed paper of the school and responsible’signature.

Disabled people can pick their free of charge ticket up at the ticket office. Their accompany person can purchase the ticket at the entrance. The accompany person of motor disable people will be admitted free of charge.

The ticket to Arte Fiera 2016 allows the free entrance to the exhibitions Arte Fiera 40. Great Italian Art as seen by art galleries (Pinacoteca di Belle Arti di Bologna – via delle Belle Arti 56) and Arte Fiera 40. Story of a Collection (MAMbo – Museo d’arte moderna di Bologna, via Don Minzoni 14), during the fair opening days. Free admission for Arte Fiera 2016 cardholders to the venues of the Institution Bologna Musei and Genus Bononiae, during the fair opening days, according to venues’opening times.

All cardholders of Arte Fiera 2016 will be able to purchase the admission to the exhibition“Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flamish Art” at Palazzo Albergati (Via Saragozza 28 Bologna) for the discounted tariff of 11 euros instead of 14 euros.

On Saturday 30th from 8 pm to midnight, on the occasion of Art City White Night, the admission fee for Arte Fiera 2016 cardholders will be 5 euros. For general public, on the occasion of Arte Fiera and for one night only, the admission ticket is 9 euros.

Guided tour at the Fair
The guided tours at the fair are free of charge upon registration at the VIP desk starting from 20 minutes before the scheduled time from Friday to Sunday at 1 p.m. Visit duration – up to 25 people – is 1h and 30’ approximately.

Modern and Contemporary Art; New Proposals; Solo Show; Photography (curated by MIA Photo Fair); publishing houses, bookshops, institutions.


From the Train Station

Bologna Central Train Station is only 10 minutes far from BolognaFiere and its Piazza Costituzione entrance. You can reach them by the bus number 35 or 38.
For further information, check ATC (Bologna Public Transportation) website.

From the center of Bologna

It takes 10 minutes by bus number 28 or 38 to bring you to Piazza Costituzione entrance.
For further information, check ATC (Bologna Public Transportation) website:


Museums, exhibitions, events in town

ART CITY Bologna 2016 is a program of exhibitions and institutional initiatives to be held in museums and public spaces around the city throughout Arte Fiera. Third edition of the special program of events aimed at the rediscovery of Bologna as a city of culture, in an intense weekend dedicated to art. A real museum “path” that, starting from the fair, passes through the historic city center before spreading into the whole urban fabric. In Bologna from January 29-31, 2015.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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