Italy’s most important contemporary art fair comes back for yet another appointment at the Oval, a stunning glass pavilion built for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin. Established in 1994, Artissima has helped the development of the Italian market and has contributed to the global one as well, offering an extensive platform for research and experimentation. With 20,000 square-meter exhibition space and more than 50,000 visitors last year, it is more than ready for their 2015 edition, which will bring more than 200 international galleries from 31 countries, as well as over 2,000 works on display. Artissima will once again provide a unique experience by presenting an extensive program, with a number of fresh initiatives introduced this year for the first time.
With more than 50 curators and museum directors on its jury, 20 art institutions involved, as well as 50,000€ in prizes for artists and galleries, Artissima ensures its place within the global contemporary art scene. This year, it introduced four brand new projects: Opium Den, a curatorial project as a visual essay on collecting and the border between art object and decoration; Ypsilon St’Art Percorsi in Fiera, a free program of themed visits of the fair; Art Advisory, a free art advisory service for new Italian collectors; Con/TEXT, a reading pavilion featuring unusual art magazines and books, Zonarte, with a number of workshops, laboratories, meetings and discussions, and In Mostra, a special exhibition project showcasing contemporary art collections coming from institutions of the Piedmont region.