A Look at the New Innovative Projects from the Turin Art Fair
The one thing which distinguishes Italy’s Artissima from other leading European art fairs is their constant urge to re-invent, move toward the future while staying loyal to the past, to promote the arts in new, original, boundary-pushing ways. The 2015 edition of the event, now coming back for the 22nd time, continues this unique tradition by introducing four new projects dedicated to curators and collectors, as well as a very special exhibition by art institutions of Turin and the region of Piedmont. Artissima will host more than 200 galleries from 31 countries worldwide and exhibit over 2000 artworks by emerging and established artists. But that’s not all – it will also give away a total of 50,000€ in prizes for exceptional talents and galleries.
Keeping its promise to promote emerging talents, the Present Future section of Artissima will once again showcase up-and-coming creatives, selected by a board of young curators. Taking up the central area at the Oval, the works of 20 talents presented by 19 galleries, some of which will be displayed for the first time in Italy and Europe, will be on view as part of a special show. A dedicated prize to accompany the section, the illy Present Future Prize, was given to Rachel Rose, as the artist whose art was considered the most interesting. As the winner, she will present a solo exhibition featuring her 2014 video installation A Minute Ago at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, a museum of international reputation.
Back to the Future
The sixth edition of Back to the Future section, aiming to bring back historic artworks by the world’s most important names created during the 1960s, 70s and 80s, this year will focus on the decade 1975-85. Drawing our attention to the ongoing importance of these pieces and their influence on generations of creatives, this year’s edition will show 25 names presented by 28 galleries, who have worked in the field of Performance, Conceptual art, painting and photography. The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, valued at 5,000€, will be given to the gallery with the most deserving project in terms of historical relevance and booth presentation.
After a very successful debut in 2014, Per4M comes back devoted more than ever to Performance, as the only section of its kind in the world to be featured at an art fair. One of Artissima’s biggest prides, it sheds light on the interaction between time, space, the artist and the public, introducing Performance as a regular form to be found at such event. Both an artistic and commercial showcase, Per4M will include 12 creatives represented by 13 galleries, who will perform their pieces on a dedicated stage, as well as on different location throughout the Oval. The most significant artwork will get the 10,000€ worth Prix K-Way Per4m Prize.