Public days: 5 - 7 November 2021
illy Present Future Prize

The illy Present Future Prize, now in its 21st edition, is assigned by illycaffè to the artist deemed most interesting in the Present Future section, which has been a launching pad for new talent for many years. This year an international jury will convene to examine the contents of the section, and to assign the illy Present Future Prize to the most outstanding project.

Thanks to the progressive outlook of illycaffè, the illy Present Future Prize makes an important contribution to the success of emerging artists, reflecting the active role played by Artissima to support emerging international talent.

FPT for Sustainable Art Award

FPT Industrial promotes the second edition of the FPT for Sustainable Art Award, a meeting point of sustainability, innovation and art. In 2020, Renato Leotta, presented by the Madragoa gallery, won the award with a work from the “Mare” series, which was then purchased by the company. The work embodies ideas shared by FPT Industrial, in terms of its constant focus on environmental sustainability and the protection of the seas. This has led to the desire to direct the second edition of the award towards selection of an artist whose work is not only the result of research on sustainable processes for the production of art, but also has an intrinsic symbolic value that more or less directly addresses the complexity, fragility, force and beauty of the marine ecosystem. A creation based on a process that involves people, materials, lives, and has to come to terms with organization, logistical and economic mechanisms. Sustainability as a motor of transformation of materials in creative and industrial processes.

Besides receiving financial award, the winner will have the opportunity to interact with an innovative corporation like FPT Industrial.

Tosetti Value Award for photography

Tosetti Value – Il Family office continues its support of Artissima, and for the second year in a row organizes an award for photography based on the desire to investigate the relationship between art and economics, and to widen the perspective on the real world.

The Tosetti Value Award for photography establishes a dialogue with “Perspectives. The economy of images”, a project on contemporary photography that began in 2014, curated by Tosetti Value per l’Arte with the objective of fostering debate and reflection on our globalized world through exhibitions and talks, in synergy with the economic research conducted by Family office. A jury of experts will select the artist whose photographic work is seen as particularly interesting for an understanding of the historical-social and economic situation of our globalized world.

The winning artist, besides receiving a financial award, will have the chance to establish a dialogue with “Perspectives. The economy of images” during 2022.

The first edition of the Tosetti Value Award for photography, supported by Tosetti Value – Il Family office, was assigned to  Raed Yassin, presented by the gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai. Tosetti Value – Il Family office acquired a work of the winning artist for its corporate collection.

Carol Rama Award by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte

The Carol Rama Award, promoted by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte and now at its second edition, will be assigned to the artist who embodies, through research and work, the ideal of unconventional female creativity and artistic freedom Carol enacted and transmitted with her works and personality.

The award takes its cue from the always vivid interest of Pinuccia Sardi in the work of Carol Rama, which in recent years has led to support for the creation of the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s works, to be published in 2021, and the acquisition of the contents of the artist’s home.

The apartment at Via Napione 15, where Carol Rama lived and worked from the 1940s until her death in 2015, welcoming many personalities and artists, was listed in 2016 as an important national cultural asset, protected as an artist’s studio. In 2019 Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte acquired the complete contents of the residence from the artist’s heirs, and then ceded it on loan to Archivio Carol Rama, the current handler, to allow the home-studio to become a living, vital location for knowledge and study of the painter’s work, open to the public and researchers, to discover the creative independence of this artist who always eluded classification and the stereotypes of the world of women.

In 2020 the Carol Rama Award was assigned to Zehra Doğan, presented by the Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milano, Lucca.

VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize

VANNI occhiali, the Torino-based brand of creative eyewear operating in over 40 countries around the world, confirms its support for Artissima which began in 2019 with the capsule collection by Cristian Chironi. By sponsoring the VANNI #artistroom Prize, the company continues its exploration of the possible contaminations between contemporary art and eyewear design. The international jury selects an artist under 35 whose research offers an original perspective on reality, opening an unexpected, surprising viewpoint, as through the action of a lens. Besides a financial award, the winner will have the opportunity to work on a capsule collection of artist’s eyewear, which will be produced in a limited edition and launched in 2022 at the MIDO Eyewear Show in Milano, and in Torino in collaboration with Artissima.

The jury will be chaired by the fashion designer Arthur Arbesser, who during Artissima will present an original installation at the project-space of the VANNI occhiali showroom on Piazza Carlina in Torino, based on the dialogue between his idea of fashion and that of the Torino-based firm.

OGR Award

The OGR Award, now in its fourth edition, is the prize of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT that leads to the acquisition of a work selected from those proposed by the galleries participating in the fair. The work will be selected to narrate the complex and sophisticated relationship between art, technology and innovation with a specific focus on digital developments. It will become part of the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT besides being presented at OGR Torino, one of the most dynamic centres of cultural production and experimentation on a European level. The OGR Award confirms Artissima’s role as a catalyst of creative energies, an activator of synergies across the cultural realities of the territory, with the aim of reinforcing the network of collaborations among the cultural forces of the city of Torino.

In 2019 the OGR Award was assigned to Yuri Ancarani,  presented by the gallery Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin.

Ettore e Ines Fico Prize

The Ettore and Ines Fico Prize, organized with MEF Museo Ettore Fico of Torino and now at its 11th iteration, has been updated with a continuing focus on the promotion and support of the work of young artists, through an acquisition. Andrea Busto (President and Director of the MEF Museo Ettore Fico, Torino) and the artistic board of museum will select the winner among the artists showing work at Artissima, thanks to his/her international research and poetics.

In the past editions the prize has been assigned to Alessandro Scarabello (The Gallery Apart, Roma, in 2020), Gugliemo Castelli (Francesca Antonini, Roma and Rolando Anselmi, Berlin/Roma, in 2019), Georgia Sagri (Anthony Reynolds, London, in 2018), David Douard (Chantal Crousel, Paris, in 2017), Gian Maria Tosatti (Lia Rumma, Milano/Napoli, in 2016), Anne Imhof (Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, in 2015), Lili Reynaud-Dewar (Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Roma, in 2014), Petrit Halilaj (Chert, Berlin, in 2013), Luca Trevisani (Pink Summer, Genova, in 2012), Rä Di Martino (Monitor, Roma, in 2011) and Rossella Biscotti (Ida Pisani, Milano, in  2010).

"ad occhi chiusi..." Prize by Fondazione Merz

The new “ad occhi chiusi…” Prize, based on collaboration between Artissima and Fondazione Merz, is inserted in the research activities of the foundation on young art of the Mediterranean, and offers an international artist selected from the participants at the fair in 2021 the possibility of a residency in Sicily.

The research conducted during the residency period will be presented in the programming of ZACentrale at Cantieri Culturali della Zisa in Palermo.

The title of the prize takes its cue from a phrase by Marisa Merz, “When the eyes are closed they are extraordinarily open”, which prompts us to rethink how the artists – in the opacity of the general media riot, packed with images that are too fast and too superficial to be able to describe reality – offer a truly personal vantage point.

Palermo and Sicily represent multifaceted territories containing multiple points of observation and perception, in which contradictions and resolutions coexist, starting from cultural, linguistic and narrative stratification. Territories in which sensory as well as physical boundaries are repositioned and altered by the actions of men and women in incessant transit. Due to this characteristic, these are places in which to look at things while remembering that “when the eyes are closed they are extraordinarily open”.

Each year the award will focus on a theme indicated by an international jury of experts, who will select the winner during the days of Artissima.

Marval Collection New Entries Support

For the 28th edition of the fair, Artissima and Marval Collection initiate a dialogue on the promotion of young galleries.

The project “Marval Collection New Entries Support” calls for the activation of an acquisition fund set aside for galleries taking part in the “New Entries” section, open for least five years and showing work at the fair for the first time, along with those that have participated in the section in 2020 and 2019, and are now on hand for Artissima 2021.

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