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This panoply of 140 galleries aims at quality and Italian artistic research, meanwhile extending its gaze to the European context. ArtVerona, the event dedicated to modern and contemporary art, is back from 11 to 13 October.

As always, in addition to the Main Section dedicated to the better-established modern and contemporary artists, the fair will also pay attention to young people and more experimental realities. This 15-year artistic path has proven a winning investment and a premise to continue looking to the future. ArtVerona this year offers the public a great event, from dawn till dusk, with the extraordinary opening of the Mercatali Galleries, a striking structure of industrial archaeology measuring some 6,400 square meters, currently undergoing a conservative restoration. The space will be repurposed thanks to a project conceived by Contemporary Locus and curated by Paola Tognon, who uses Norma Jeane, an artist without a body and a unique biography, to identify her birth with iconic Marilyn Monroe’s death in Los Angeles in 1962.

This site-specific intervention for the Mercatali Galleries is Loony Park, an environmental installation that embraces visual arts, sound and performance, welcoming visitors in an interactive experience and staggered performances. The massive space and its structures, the figurative and iconic gigantic contemporary visual apparatus, are contrasted by Norma Jeane with Loony Park, turning the experience into moods and noises from indifferent and silent mechanisms, dazzling lights and colours, silence and sounds. The programme is enriched by live DJ sets curated by Path Festival. ArtVerona relaunches Free Stage, the section dedicated to artists who aren’t yet represented by a gallery, this year curated by Alberto Garutti, an artist who is in turn a master of many artists of the latest generations.

ArtVerona offers new spaces in the city, such as the Appartamento 900, recently restored inside the Giardino Giusti complex, one of the most famously interesting examples of Italian gardens.