The Mediterranean and Middle East Art Fair
Rome has always been a crossroads of civilisations and cultures, uniting East and West. Taking up this age-old tradition, ROMA CONTEMPORARY – The Mediterranean and Middle East Art Fair is launching a new triennial project to become the first contemporary art Fair devoted solely to the area of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
In recent years it has presented a highly variegated art scene, which has proved to be one of the most dynamic and outstanding in terms of both creativity and institutional commitment, as well as in terms of market response.
Showing a selection of some of the best galleries that focus on the art being created in these regions, ROMA CONTEMPORARY – The Mediterranean and Middle East Art Fair addresses a vast public of collectors, curators and museum directors, but also art lovers who wish to have a more global and informed overview of a rapidly changing art scene.
On a human scale (about 70 galleries), the Fair provides an opportunity to acquire greater understanding and to form new relationships, promoting quality and diversity. It is a place of encounter, interaction and dialogue in a city, Rome, which with its history and geographical location has always been a pivotal hub for continental Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, assisted by its position at the heart of the Mediterranean, which over the centuries has been an exceptional highway of transport, trade and contacts between different civilisations.
The area is currently reacquiring huge geopolitical and cultural importance and the central position of Rome is once again giving it a key role as a new platform linking Europe, the countries of North Africa and the Middle East and Arab world.
This is a role that is also played out in art. Starting with the next edition in 2014 the Fair will be adopting an even more precise position, in the conviction that a strong identity and specialised content, unlike any other in its field, is the best way to respond to the rapid changes sweeping through the world of art.
ROMA CONTEMPORAY will be focusing on artists who, quite apart from where they currently live, were born or raised in European or North African countries that give onto the Mediterranean basin, or in Middle Eastern countries, as well as on those international artists who, for the creation of some of their works, have taken inspiration from the cultures of this vast area.
The Fair will be displaying a selection of works from the finest galleries, among the best-established and the youngest, most oriented towards research. These will include galleries from the Mediterranean area and the Middle East, as well as galleries from other parts of the world, which are taking part in the Rome project with artists from the region covered by the Fair. There will also be the works of artists born elsewhere but whose artistic production has been influenced by the cultures in the area.
The conception of the focus on the Mediterranean and Middle East area is by the curator and art critic Cristiana Perrella; the new project is is also leading to closer ties with MACRO, which is not just the host institution (the Fair will be held in the intriguing exhibition spaces of the MACRO Testaccio museum), but also a partner in the cultural project, with a series of activities (exhibitions, events, meetings, talks, performances, etc.) revolving around the theme of the Mediterranean and the Middle East that will provide a complete overview on one of the most diverse, lively and striking art scenes to have emerged in recent years.