Public days: 5 - 7 November 2021

Artissima and Intesa Sanpaolo start, in 2020, a new synergy sharing the idea that art is a fundamental driving force to reactivate virtuous mechanisms of social dynamism and cultural enrichment.
The major investments in Torino and Piedmont of Intesa Sanpaolo, with the upcoming opening of a new facility of Gallerie d’Italia at Piazza San Carlo, join in the mission of Artissima, a public player in the foreground of the cultural life of the territory.

Michele Coppola, Executive Director for Art, Culture and Heritage of Intesa Sanpaolo, comments:
The support for Artissima is part of a precise strategy of promotion of modern and contemporary art, around the central factors of our art collection and Gallerie d’Italia. To begin to work with Artissima represents a new stage towards the opening of the Gallerie at Piazza San Carlo, mainly concentrating on photography and the digital world, joining the ranks of the many initiatives on contemporary creativity that make Torino one of the leading art cities in Europe.

Thanks to the partnership, a new project of rediscovery and enhancement of the Archivio Publifoto Intesa Sanpaolo has been conceived with the curatorship of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Artissima, and Barbara Costa, head of the historical archive.
The photography exhibition Folle will be presented on the occasion of Artissima Unplugged, both digitally and physically: the exhibition will be on view, in integral version of 26 selected photographs, on a specific digital platform hosted on, and at GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, with a special selection, open to public from February 3 to 12, 2021.

Folle brings together a series of photographs that narrate the social and political transformations of the country through photojournalistic images shot from 1930 to 1980. The social distancing, which is so alien to our practices of coexistence and convivial contact, has prompted the curators to seek different types of crowds gathered for events ranging from culture to sport, celebration to protest, from the everyday practice of travel to participation in sacred rituals, in an attempt to remember the sensation of being part of a great multitude.

The specific digital platform, hosted on from 4 November 2020 to 12 February 2021, is on view here: Folle. You will join a virtual space in which to explore, in an easy and intuitive way, the socio-political context of each photograph through in-depth written analysis.

The photographs in the exhibition Folle (Crowds) can also serve as inspiration for the participants in the Sunday Photo competition of La Stampa, the long-term media partner of Artissima, for which Ilaria Bonacossa is a member of the jury. Taking their cue from the images in the show and on view at the online platform, readers are invited to send their own shots to the editorial staff of La Stampa, coordinating the contest, which will select the finest images – in agreement with Artissima and Intesa Sanpaolo.

► Discover how to participate, visit the contest webpage: Contest Sunday Photo

Lastly, on 20 November 2020 it took place the conference “Linee di Energia. Produzione, conservazione e trasmissione dell’arte italiana del ‘900” (Energy Lines. Production, conservation and transmission of 20th century Italian art; scientific committee composed of Francesco Tedeschi, Sara Abram, Antonio Rava and chaired by Giorgio Bonsanti; Italian language). The event took place on the occasion of the reports publication of the first three editions of the conference “Linee di Energia”, an initiative promoted by Intesa Sanpaolo, Fondazione Centro Conservazione e Restauro ‘La Venaria Reale’ and Associazione IGIIC – Gruppo Italiano International Institute for Conservation.

► To see the conference (held in Italian), follow this link: Linee di Energia

The conference, featuring artists, historians, art critics, curators of museums and institutions, conservators and restorers, aimed to propose a new reflection on the artistic production in the second half of the 20th century in relation to current strategies of conservation and presentation of the artworks.

►A box containing the 3 volumes of the conference proceedings (in Italian) can be booked here: Linee di Energia Publication

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