Public days: 5 - 7 November 2021

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.

Galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair (Main Section, Dialogue/Monologue, New Entries, Art Spaces & Editions), Artissima is also composed of three art sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists (Present Future), drawings (Disegni) and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art (Back to the Future). Starting from 2020 the three curated sections are virtually hosted on the Artissima XYZ digital platform, accompanied in 2021 by a physical collective display within the exhibition pavilion.

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

Artissima: Sections and Curators

Main Section, Dialogue/Monologue, 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;

Dialogue/Monologuereserved 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 non-profit spaces presenting editions, prints and multiples by contemporary artists

Selection Committee:

Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi gallery — Berlin
Paola Capata, Monitor gallery — Roma, Lisbon, Pereto
Philippe Charpentier, mor charpentier gallery — Paris
Raffaella Cortese, Raffaella Cortese gallery — Milano
Nikolaus Oberhuber, KOW gallery — Berlin
Alessandro Pasotti, P420 gallery — Bologna

Present Future is reserved to emerging talents, preferably less than 40 years old. The artists will be selected on the basis of specific projects which will be presented by their reference galleries or research spaces. The section features monographic projects with the goal of shedding light on new trends on the international art scene.

Curatorial Committee:

Ilaria Gianni, independent curator — Roma
Fernanda Brenner, independent curator and writer — Sao Paulo

Back to the Future is the section of Artissima that presents monographic projects by great pioneers of contemporary art of the last century, who are still active today. The section hosts artworks realised starting from 1960 in dialogue with recent artworks, created in 2020, and it 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, director GAMeC — Bergamo
Mouna Mekouar, independent curator and art critic — Paris

Disegni is the section of Artissima that presents monographic projects dedicated to the most contemporary experimentations with the practice of drawing, originally associated with paper and then radically evolved. 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:

Bettina Steinbrügge, director Hamburg Kunstverein — Hamburg
Lilou Vidal, indipendent curator and editor — Brussels, Torino

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