Affordable Art in Milan

Two Sundays ago with Milan amply below freezing and me fighting a stubborn virus and in need of an excuse to leave the house, I ended up at the Affordable Art Fair. There are trade fairs for cosmetics, farm vehicles, cellular technology, airplanes, outdoor sports, wine, food. You name it and it probably has a trade fair. And, as it turns out, contemporary art is no exception.

The Affordable Art Fair bills itself as “the leading showcase for affordable contemporary art.”Affordable is, of course, a somewhat relative term. Here they put the cutoff at 5,000 euros, above that and the exhibitors (i.e. galleries) are not allowed to sell it.

Affordable Art Fair, Milan

Affordable Art Fair, Milan

So I’ve been to my share of trade fairs both for work and pleasure and they are all pretty  much the same. You walk up and down the aisles looking at the newest gadgets (hoping for a cool freebie), touching the tractors, tasting the wine. The Affordable Art Fair is no different and in a large space in Milan’s trendy Via Tortona neighborhood set up with white dividing walls you cruise the aisles looking at contemporary art, all of it on sale and all of it for less than 5,000 euros.

One of the 77 stands at Milan's AAF

One of the 77 stands at Milan's AAF

The Milan edition of the fair, in its second year, is just one stop for an event that hits 14 cities around the world including London (it’s birthplace), Los Angeles, Brussels, Melbourne, Stockholm, Mexico City, Seattle and Singapore. Here’s a list of the upcoming dates – London is next (15-18 March) followed by New York in April. Italy will have a second event, this time in Rome, in October

I was just looking for a Sunday afternoon diversion and ended up going home with a print by Emanuele Luzzati, an artist and set designer from Genova known for his vibrant colors and wonderful imagination. Luzzati died in 2007, here’s a look at his life and legacy thanks to The Guardian.

Emanuele Luzzati, mine's quite a bit smaller (and cheaper)

Emanuele Luzzati, mine's quite a bit smaller (and cheaper)

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4 thoughts on “Affordable Art in Milan

  1. Can I ask you how much you paid for your Emanuele Luzzati? I have a signed poster from the 1993 Spoleto Festival and love it but was curious how precious his art is.

    Nena

    • Hi Nena,
      I paid 150 euros. Mine is a print rather than a poster so I suppose all things being equal it would cost more (but here the situations are different since your poster is signed and my print is not). Eric

    • Praise the Lord! Thank you for your service to the King we will connitue to pray for your ministry there in Italy. We know how much of a blessing you were here in the States and anticipate hearing of how God uses you there.All because of His Love,Dudley and Kay

  2. Hi Nena,I paid 150 euros. Mine is a print rather than a poestr so I suppose all things being equal it would cost more (but here the situations are different since your poestr is signed and my print is not). Eric

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