Public days: 1 - 3 november 2019

Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research.

Nearly two hundred galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair, Artissima is also composed of four art sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists, drawings and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art, and to the sound projects (new section).

It is curated by Artissima Srl, a company connected with the Fondazione Torino Musei.

Artissima 2018 Sections and Curators

Main Section, Dialogue, New Entries, Art Spaces & Editions

The more traditional part of Artissima is divided into four sections overseen by the fair committee:

Main Section, for established galleries on the international contemporary art scene;

Dialoguereserved to emerging galleries or galleries with an experimental approach applying with either a monographic booth or with works by 2-3 artists in dialogue;

New Entries, devoted to galleries that have been open for less than five years and are at the fair in Turin for the first time;

Art Spaces & Editions, devoted to galleries and no profit spaces presenting editions, prints and multiples by contemporary artists


Selection Committee:

Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi gallery, Berlin
Paola Capata, Monitor gallery, Roma, Lisbon
Guido Costa, Guido Costa Projects gallery, Torino
Martin McGeown, Cabinet gallery, London
Alessandro Pasotti, P420 gallery, Bologna
Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar gallery, Berlin
Jocelyn Wolff, Jocelyn Wolff gallery, Paris

Present Future is the section Artissima has devoted to emerging talents, selected by a board of young curators from around the world.

The artists are presented by the galleries that represent them, along a specially designed itinerary. The works of the invited artists include new productions as well as projects that are being displayed for the first time in Italy and Europe.


Curatorial Committee:

Cloé Perrone (coordinator), independent curator, Roma, New York
Myriam Ben Salah, independent curator and writer, Paris
Juan Canela, independent curator and writer, Barcelona

Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. In 2018 the focus has been narrowed to the period of 1980–1994.

The section aims to bring international artists who have played a fundamental role in contemporary art back into the limelight. For the general public, Back to the Future is a unique opportunity to get to know important works from those years in a dialogue with today’s experimentation.


Curatorial Committe:

Anna Daneri (coordinator), independent curator, Genova – Milano and curator, Villa Croce Museum, Genova
Cristiano Raimondi, head of development and international projects, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Gabriela Rangel, independent curator and writer, New York
Pietro Rigolo, special collections archivist, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles

Disegni is the section of Artissima devoted to the expressive medium of drawing. The section is intended to celebrate an artistic discipline capable of expressing the immediacy of and the thinking behind the creative gesture, existing in a space suspended between idea and finished work.


Curatorial Committee:
Luís Silva and João Mourão, directors, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon

Sound is the new section of Artissima devoted to monographic sound projects in the contemporary art scenario, presented by galleries participating in the 2018 edition of the fair and selected by an international team of curators. Sound will take place in a different venue, the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino.


Curatorial Committee:

Yann Chateigné, curator and art critic, Geneva
Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director, OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino

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