Public days: 6 - 8 November 2020

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 three 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.

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

Artissima 2019 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 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:

Claudia Altman Siegel, Altman Siegel gallery, San Francisco
Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi gallery, Berlin
Paola Capata, Monitor gallery, Roma, Lisbon
Raffaella Cortese, Raffaella Cortese gallery, Milano
Alessandro Pasotti, P420 gallery, Bologna
Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar gallery, Berlin

Present Future is the section Artissima has devoted to emerging talents, preferably Under 40, 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:
Ilaria Gianni (coordinator), independent curator, Roma
Juan Canela, independent curator and art critic, Barcelona
Emilie Villez, director, KADIST, Paris

Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. In 2019 the focus has been narrowed to the period of ’60-’90.

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:
Lorenzo Giusti (coordinator), director GAMEC, Bergamo
Cristiano Raimondi, independent curator, curator and artistic director, Società delle Api
Nicolas Trembley, independent curator and curator SYZ Collection, Paris-Geneva

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

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