Artissima will open its 26th edition by returning to the Oval in Torino from Thursday 31 October (preview) to Sunday 3 November 2019. For the third consecutive year, Artissima is directed by Ilaria Bonacossa. Discover the new features of Artissima and find here the complete fair pre-dossier.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEES
Two new members have been added to the team of international gallerists who form the selection committee for the galleries participating in the Main Section, New Entries, Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions. Raffaella Cortese (Milan) and Claudia Altman Siegel (San Francisco) join existing members Isabella Bortolozzi and Gregor Podnar (Berlin), Paola Capata of Monitor (Rome/Lisbon), and Alessandro Pasotti of P420 (Bologna). Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti has also been confirmed as a consultant for the New Entries section dedicated to emerging galleries. The selection committees of the curated sections have been updated as follows: the selection committee for Back to the Future is composed of Lorenzo Giusti (coordinator), Cristiano Raimondi, and Nicolas Trembley; the selection committee for Present Future is composed of Ilaria Gianni (coordinator), Juan Canela, and Émilie Villez. João Mourão and Luís Silva have been confirmed for the Disegni section.
HUB MIDDLE EAST: A NEW GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Artissima 2019, in collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei, presents Hub Middle East, a new project that sets out to offer an overview of galleries, institutions and artists active in a geographical area of central importance for developments in contemporary society.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: A SURVEY TO CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Back to the Future section, for this year’s edition Artissima will release an overview of the artists featured in the section since 2010, surveying their careers and how their position in the art market has evolved over time. Since its introduction to the fair 10 years ago, Back to the Future has focussed on the rediscovery of pioneers of contemporary art who have been previously overlooked by art history and the market.
#ARTISSIMASTORIES AND #ARTISSIMAPILLS
After the success of the first edition, #ArtissimaStories returns with its programme of interviews with outstanding personalities from the contemporary art world, published on the website and social channels of the fair starting in September. Furthermore, #ArtissimaPills: Fresh news from the art world, will offer a series of brief videos with curators of the fair. Both projects are organised thanks to the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, and are curated by Edoardo Bonaspetti, Stefano Cernuschi and Anna Bergamasco.
ABSTRACT SEX: WE DON’T HAVE ANY CLOTHES, ONLY EQUIPMENT
In response to the theme of this year’s edition, Artissima presents an innovative off-site exhibition project focussed on the theme of desire. Occupying the spaces of Jana, the historic boutique in Torino, Abstract Sex: We don’t have any clothes, only equipment investigates the importance of desire in the most recent artistic and cultural research through videos, sculptures, works on canvas, paper, and objects presented by the galleries taking part in Artissima 2019. The project, conceived by Ilaria Bonacossa, is curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti and Guido Costa.
Continuing last year’s investigation into ‘sound’ this year the fair launches Artissima Telephone, an exhibition project created for the spaces of OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni. Conceived by Ilaria Bonacossa and curated by Vittoria Martini, Artissima Telephone offers a survey of the use of the telephone as an art medium.
THE NEW GRAPHIC DESIGN
For the second year running the Torino-based graphic design studio FIONDA, directed by Roberto Maria Clemente, have been commissioned to create Artissima’s visual identity. In line with this edition’s theme, the graphic design for this year features a set of six circles that reveal glimpses of a second photographic layer. The design both conceals and reveals at the same time: referencing the historical importance of the mask and elements of BDSM culture.