OVAL, Lingotto Fiere
Director: Sarah Cosulich
Galleries: 193 from 34 countries
The red thread of 2016 is performance: the physical aspect of live events in the performance programme; the discussion among curators and collections, in conversations throughout the fair; the theme of the major exhibition on collecting; the conceptual aspect in the capacity of Artissima to rethink the role of an art fair.
Dialogue is the new section featuring stands with a maximum of three artists, whose works are closely related to each other according to a coherent project conceived by the galleries.
In Mostra, curated by Simone Menegoi, takes the title corpo.gesto.postura and introduces works, for the first time in 2016, arriving from major museums and foundations, together with important loans from private collections in the city.
Another new development is the Premio Mutina This is not a Prize with a value of 5,000 euro, assigned to one talented artist showing work in the fair.
This is also the year of Flying Home, an original special project of Artissima 2016 in collaboration with Torino Airport | Sagat featuring a site-specific installation by Thomas Bayrle reflecting the fair’s ability to insert contemporary art even in unpredictable places. With Flying Home, Thomas Bayrle chooses the baggage claim area of the airport, transforming it into an unexpected and stimulating space dense with messages. Through an original sequence of images, the artist reveals the mechanisms of construction of his gigantic work Flugzeug from 1984, an airplane made with a million small planes on a surface of 96 square meters.