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.

Artissima takes place in an Unplugged version for 2020. A new format, extended throughout the city and online that brings together digital projects and physical exhibitions.

In its digital guise, Artissima launches two virtual projects. The first is Artissima XYZ, an unusual cross-media platform covering the curated sections: Present FutureBack to the Future and Disegni (online from 3 November to 9 December 2020). The second is the online catalogue, to explore the galleries, artists and artworks of the Main SectionNew EntriesDialogue/MonologueArt Spaces & Editions (online from 5 November to 9 December 2020).

In its physical guise, Artissima will present three exhibition projects in the museums of Fondazione Torino Musei (GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica and MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale). These shows, sharing the theme Frenetic Standstill and curated by Ilaria Bonacossa, will include artworks provided by most of the galleries selected for the fair this year.

The physical exhibitions are postponed to December 2020, compatibly with the release of new decrees.

It 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

Four sections of Artissima are 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:
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
Nikolaus Oberhuber, KOW gallery — Berlin
Maureen Paley, Maureen Paley gallery— London
Alessandro Pasotti, P420 gallery — Bologna
Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar gallery — Berlin

Present Future is the section Artissima has devoted to emerging talents, less than 40 years old, selected by a board of young curators from around the world.

The artists are presented by their representing galleries and the works include new productions as well as projects that are being displayed for the first time in Italy and Europe.

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

Back to the Future is the section that Artissima has devoted to great pioneers of contemporary art. The section – also open to Artists’ Estates – displays works realised between 1960 and 1999.

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, director GAMeC — Bergamo
Mouna Mekouar, independent curator and art critic — Paris

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:
Letizia Ragaglia, director, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein — Vaduz
Bettina Steinbrügge, director Hamburg Kunstverein — Hamburg