Over 80 galleries from 10 countries, a complete overview of the regional contemporary art and a geographical focus dedicated to South Korea with 10 galleries from the guest country and 4 solo shows of Korean artists living in Europe.
kunStart is committed primarily to the emerging contemporary art galleries, focusing on proposals of newcomers and young artists as well as on geographical contexts that can be considered "developing" for the contemporary arts. At the fair will be on sale mainly affordable artworks under 5000 Euro.
Located in a peripheral context and in a recent but intensive development for the production of contemporary art, this young fair, thanks to its geographical border position can be an ideal meeting place for the cultural and economic exchange on emerging galleries from different European realities, especially linking the contiguous German Alpine countries to the established Italian market.
Alongside with the galleries, conferences, guided visits and special projects at the fair venue, a rich program of meetings and exhibitions spread all over the town is announced.
Among the others, the Countdown Design Show 2012, a parallel design section dedicated to the new trend of upcycling (regeneration of used materials to create new products) with a final auction in collaboration with "Bozner Kunstauktionen" at the fair on Saturday March 17th at 3.00 pm; and also the first kunSt_off GALLERIES NIGHT - opening night of 17 spaces for contemporary art in Bolzano is scheduled for Saturday, March 17 from 6 pm until midnight.
The very special guest is the internationally renowned artist Rainer Ganahl, who is going to be the protagonist of an artist talk that takes place at the Museion on the eve of kunStart, March 15, and a solo show titled "I WANNA BE ..." featuring some of his numerous bike projects at kunStart 12. Another bike-linked special installation of Gianfranco Baruchello produced for kunStart 12 in collaboration with RAM radioartemobile (Rome) will be on display at Museion during the fair and the two locations will be connected through a free e-bike rental.
Last but not least kunStart offers guided short visits to discover the special sections of the fair and activities for families on Sunday March 18th with the special kinderArt area, artlabs and guided artreks for kids.