1 - 3 November 2024

Artissima chooses to celebrate its approach of discovery and rediscovery of talents, and the constant pursuit of beauty that has always been its trademark, through the awarding of prizes, honours and supports, organized in collaboration with partners, foundations and institutions.
The prizes of Artissima are aimed at participating artists and galleries, and are assigned during the days of the fair by international juries composed of curators and directors of the world’s leading contemporary museums.


illy Present Future Prize

Bekhbaatar Enkhtur is the winner of the 23rd illy Present Future Prize, supported by illycaffè since 2001 and assigned to the most innovative project in the curated section Present Future, the area of Artissima set aside for the discovery of new talents.

The artist is represented by Matèria gallery, Roma.

The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of Tom Engels, artistic director, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Robert Leckie, director, Spike Island, Bristol; Kasia Redzisz, artistic director, KANAL Centre Pompidou, Brussels; Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, president, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino.

In 2022 the prize went to the artist Peng Zuqiang, presented by the gallery Antenna Space of Shanghai, whose solo show Vestiges is on show at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, concurrently with Artissima 2023.

Thanks to the contemporary vision of illycaffè, the illy Present Future Prize offers an important contribution to the growth of emerging artists, confirming the fair’s active role in scouting international talent.

Previous winners include: Shizuka Yokomizo (2001), Padraig Timoney (2002), Phil Collins (2003), Manuele Cerutti (2004), Michael Beutler (2005), Sergio Prego (2006), Patricia Esquivias (2007), Mateo Tannatt (2008), Luca Francesconi (2009), Melanie Gilligan (2010), Dina Danish (2011), Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa/Vanessa Safavi/Santo Tolone (2012), Caroline Achaintre and Fatma Bucak (2013), Rachel Rose (2014), Alina Chaiderov (2015), Cécile B. Evans (2016), Cally Spooner (2017), Pedro Neves Marques (2018), aaajiao (2019) e Radamés “Juni” Figueroa (2020), Diana Policarpo (2021), Peng Zuqiang (2022).

VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize

Elisa Alberti is the winner of the third edition of the VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize launched by the brand VANNI occhiali and awarded to the artist whose research can offer an original perspective on reality, acting like a lens to open up an unexpected and surprising horizon.

The artist is represented by Krobath gallery, Vienna.

The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of Lucia Aspesi, curator, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milano; Giuseppe Fantasia, journalist, Roma; Annalia Venezia, journalist, Milano, with the following remarks:

At its third edition, VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize continues the exploration of possible cross-pollination between the brilliance of contemporary art and eyewear design. The winner receives a cash prize of 2,500 euros, and has the opportunity to collaborate on the design of a capsule collection of artist’s eyewear, produced in a limited edition.

After the first two capsule collections by Cristian Chironi and Catalin Pislaru, in 2022 Teresa Giannico, Viasaterna gallery, Milano, creates the third project for the production of two models of VANNI sunglasses, presented during Artissima 2023 at the VANNI showroom on Piazza Carlina in Torino.

Tosetti Value Photography Award

Kiluanji Kia Henda is the winner of the 4th edition of the Tosetti Value Photography Award, organized by Tosetti Value – Il Family office and created to investigate the relationship between art and economics, expanding our perspectives on reality.

The artist is represented by Fonti gallery, Napoli.

The jury was composed by Walter Guadagnini, director, CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la fotografia, Torino, Salvatore Vitale, artistic director, Futures Photography, Amsterdam and Elena Volpato, conservator, GAM – Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna, Torino.

The Tosetti Value Award for Photography is closely related to “Prospettive. The Economy of Images”, the contemporary photography project that began in 2014, organized by Tosetti Value per l’Arte with the goal of fostering debate and reflections on our globalized world through exhibitions and talks, in synergy with the economic research of Family office. The winning artist receives a cash prize of 2,500 euros, and has the opportunity to develop a project, according to the approach formulated by Tosetti Value. The project leads to the acquisition of a work for the corporate collection of Family office.

The first edition of the Tosetti Value Award for Photography was assigned to Raed Yassin, presented by the gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai; the second was won by Fatma Bucak, presented by the gallery Peola Simondi, Torino; Oroma Elewa, presented by the gallery In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, was the winner of the third edition.

Matteo Viglietta Award

Igor Grubić wins the second edition of the Matteo Viglietta Award, organized by Collezione La Gaia and created to commemorate Matteo Viglietta, a great collector who had a particularly close bond with Artissima from the outset of the fair.

The artist is represented by Laveronica gallery, Modica.

The award was assigned by an international jury composed of Eva Brioschi, curator, Collezione La Gaia, Busca; Zasha Colah, artistic co-director, ar/ge kunst, Bolzano; Zoë Gray, director of Exhibitions, Bozar, Brusselles.

The acquisition fund institutionalizes a praxis initiated and consolidated by Viglietta, who each year would choose a work that had some pertinence to the materials and tools sold by his company – Viglietta Matteo spa, a leader in the importation and wholesale distribution of hardware – to be featured in the firm’s catalogue, a book of 1200 pages full of these items. Again this year, the work purchased at Artissima, will enter the Collezione La Gaia and will be the cover image of the “catalogue-pricelist”, gaining a connection to the hundreds of products and materials contained in it and paying homage to the ironic, irreverent spirit that always set Viglietta apart, a man with an open mind and a contagious smile.

The Matteo Viglietta Award perpetuates the support the collector always extended to the fair though acquisitions for his own collection and on that of collateral events atthe exhibition space of Collezione La Gaia at Busca (founded with his companion Bruna Girodengo at the end of the 1970s).

In 2022 the winner of the first edition of the Matteo Viglietta Award was Vasilis Papageorgiou, presented by the gallery UNA, Piacenza.

Carol Rama Award by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte

Marwa Arsanios is the winner of the 4th edition of the Carol Rama Award, organized by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte and assigned to an artist whose research and work interpret the ideal of unconventional feminine creativity and artistic freedom embodied and transmitted by Carol Rama with her creations and her personality.

The artist is represented by the gallery mor charpentier, Paris, Bogotà.

The prize was awarded by an international jury composed of Antonia Carver, director, Art Jameel, Dubai, Omar Kholeif, director and senior curator, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, and Milan Ther, director, Kunstverein, Hamburg.

The award takes its cue from the continuously vivid interest of Pinuccia Sardi for Carol Rama. In 2022 an international jury assigned the Carol Rama Award to Anna Perach, presented by the gallery ADA, Roma. In 2021 the award went to Ivana Spinelli, presented by the gallery GALLLERIAPIÙ, Bologna, while in 2020 the honour was assigned to Zehra Doğan, presented by the Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milano and Lucca.

Premio Diana Bracco – Imprenditrici ad arte

Carla Chiarchiaro is the winner of the first edition of Premio Diana Bracco – Imprenditrici ad arte, organized by Fondazione Bracco in collaboration with Fondazione Roberto de Silva e Diana Bracco of Milano, assigned to an emerging Italian or foreign woman gallerist whose entrepreneurial background reflects a strong focus on artistic quality and research.

Carla Chiarchiaro manages ADA gallery, Roma

The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of Isabella Bortolozzi, founder of Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin; Eva Elisa Fabbris, director, Museo Madre, Napoli; Valeria Napoleone, collector, London: Mia Rigo Saitta, collector, Geneva.

The prize highlights the ability of the selected gallerist to combine commercial growth in the art market with outstanding cultural research, channelled into the promotion and support of young artists. The winner receives a cash award of 10,000 euros with which to continue to expand an entrepreneurial model in the contemporary art sector, becoming a stimulus for new generations of Italian and international gallerists.

In continuity with the commitment of Fondazione Bracco to recognize the expertise and initiative of women, the prize becomes part of a wider project of reflections and investigation of the figure of the woman entrepreneur in the art world, developed in dialogue with Il Giornale dell’Arte. This approach translates into exceptional interviews with “Imprenditrici ad Arte” published on the digital channels of Il Giornale dell’Arte.

Premio Pista 500

Chalisée Naamani is the winner of the first edition of Premio Pista 500, created in 2023 in collaboration with Pinacoteca Agnelli to offer an artist the opportunity to create a work for the permanent billboard of the testing track on the roof of the Lingotto, in close proximity to Artissima.

The artist is represented by the gallery Ciaccia Levi, Paris, Milano.

The award has been assigned by an international jury composed of Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, chief curator of Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino; Sarah Cosulich, director, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino; Michelle Cotton, head of Artistic Programmes & Content, MUDAM, Luxembourg; Elena Filipovic, director of Kunstmuseum, Basel.

The prize interprets the new direction taken by Pinacoteca Agnelli, a dynamic centre open to multidisciplinary languages of the present in dialogue with the historical collection of the institutions, aimed at inclusion of a multiplicity of different audiences, also thanks to the extension of the programming to the spaces of the Pista 500, with site-specific installations on the former testing track for FIAT automobiles, now a spectacular panoramic promenade.

The winner will produce a billboard, a monumental presence that will host photographs, images and other visual interventions, inaugurated on the occasion of Artissima 2024.

OGR Award

Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Rebecca Moccia are the winners of the 6th edition of the OGR Award, the prize supported by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT grants 5,000 euros each to two artists whose work embodies a special attitude of interaction and confrontation with new technologies.

The artists Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Rebecca Moccia are respectively represented by the mor charpentier gallery Paris, Bogotà and Mazzoleni gallery, London, Torino.

The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of María Berríos, Director of Curatorial Programmes and Research, MACBA, Barcelona; Samuele Piazza, senior curator, OGR Torino; Bettina Steinbrügge, director, MUDAM, Luxembourg, with the following remarks:

In line with the mission of OGR Torino, an international hub for innovation and contemporary culture, and one of the most dynamic centres of experimentation in Europe, the assignment of the prize during Artissima underlines the sophisticated relationship between art and technology, the main focus of the initiative. The prize confirms the role of the two institutions as catalysts of creative innovation, activators of synergies between the various cultural realities of the territory, with the goal of reinforcing the network of collaborations between cultural players in the city of Torino.

In 2022 the OGR Award went to Rebeca Romero, of the Copperfield gallery of London, for the work Semilla SAGRADA, unveiled in its physical version in the spaces of the Duomo of OGR Torino, and in its 3D version in a virtual Duomo hosted on the Spatial platform in the Metaverse.

“ad occhi chiusi…” by Fondazione Merz

Marwa Arsanios wins the third edition of the Prize “ad occhi chiusi…”, based on collaboration between Artissima and Fondazione Merz and assigned to international artists taking part in the fair whose work best reflects the activities of research of the foundation on young art in the Mediterranean.

The artist is represented by the gallery mor charpentier, Paris, Bogotà.

The prize has been assigned by an international jury composed of Lara Khaldi, artistic director, de Appel, Amsterdam; Beatrice Merz, president, Fondazione Merz, Torino; Agata Polizzi, curatorial coordinator, ZACentrale, Palermo; Francesco Stocchi, artistic director, MAXXI, Roma.

At its third iteration, the Prize “ad occhi chiusi…” offers the winning artist the possibility of taking part in a residency in Sicily. The results of the research conducted during the course of the residency are presented in the context of the programming of ZACentrale at the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo.

The 2021 edition of the project saw the selection of Heba Y. Amin, presented by the Zilberman gallery of Istanbul and Berlin. In 2022 the prize was assigned with equal merit to the artists Alex Ayed, presented by Galleria ZERO… of Milano, and Nona Inescu, presented by the gallery SpazioA of Pistoia.

ISOLA SICILIA by Fondazione Oelle

Caroline Ricca Lee is the winner of the second edition of the Prize ISOLA SICILIA, organized by Fondazione Oelle to select one artist who will have the opportunity to take part in a residency at Aci Castello, in the province of Catania to conduct research on the concept Sicily, Island among Islands.

The artist is represented by the gallery HOA, Sao Paolo.

The prize was assigned by a jury composed of Antonia Alampi, director of Spore Initiative, Berlin; Andrea Bellini, director of Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Caterina Riva, director of MACTE, Termoli.

The project ISOLA SICILIA, an experiential format for “navigator artists” of the third millennium, promotes contemporary research in the visual arts, including photography and video, sound art and other media: actions formulated as cultural crossings in Sicily.

Ettore and Ines Fico Prize

Francesca Ferreri and Samuel Nnorom win the 14th edition of Ettore e Ines Fico Prize, organized by MEF Museo Ettore Fico of Torino with the purpose of promoting and sustaining the work of young artists through an acquisition. Among the artists taking part in the fair, the winners have been chosen for creative poetics and research conducted on an international level.

The artists are represented by Peola Simondi gallery, Torino and Primo Marella gallery, Milano, Lugano.

The winners have been selected by a jury composed of Renato Alpegiani, collector, Torino; Andrea Busto, director, MEF Museo Ettore Fico, Torino.

Over the years, the prize has been awarded to: Kate Newby (Art : Concept, Paris) in 2022; Mimosa Echard (Martina Simeti, Milano) and Namsal Siedlecki (Magazzino, Roma) in 2021; Alessandro Scarabello (The Gallery Apart, Roma) in 2020; Guglielmo 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 (Pinksummer, Genova) in 2012; Rä Di Martino (Monitor, Roma) in 2011; Rossella Biscotti (Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milano) in 2010.

IDENTITY Fund for New Entries

Eugenia Delfini, Roma, HOA, Sao Paulo, Reservoir, Cape Town are the winners of the first edition of the IDENTITY Fund for New Entries, a fund directly administered by the fair to provide economic support for the participation of three galleries in the 2023 edition, within the New Entries section.

The galleries have been chosen by a jury composed of four previous artistic directors of the fair – Andrea Bellini, director, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva; Francesco Manacorda, freelance curator, London; Sarah Cosulich, director of Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino; Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Digitale – MNAD, Milano, with the following remarks:

IDENTITY is a new three-year programme created with the support of Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo. Each edition will focus on different identifying traits of the fair. In its inaugural edition. IDENTITY focuses on the fair’s New Entries section, providing grants to three participating galleries considered most outstanding in terms of artistic quality.

Acquisitions Fund by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT

For 20 years Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, the operative body of Fondazione CRT, has been an active partner of the Artissima international fair, supporting it with concrete initiatives hinging above all on a process of acquisitions, in the conviction that the fair represents an extraordinary opportunity for the city of Torino to confirm and consolidate its role on the international stage.

For the 30th anniversary of Artissima, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT has increased the historic Acquisitions Fund to 200,000 euros. Twelve new works by 6 artists are acquired for public display: important pieces by Steffani Jemison, Marwa Arsanios and Cemile Sahin will be loaned to Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, while works by Lorenza Boisi, Francesco Cavaliere and Alessandro Pessoli will be shown in the spaces of GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea of Torino.

Over the years, through the acquisitions in Artissima, the Foundation has assembled an extensive collection of contemporary artworks that has become one of the most prestigious on a national and international level: over 900 pieces, ranging from painting to sculpture, video to photography, large installations to NFTs, produced by roughly 300 artists – for an overall investment of more than 40 million euros.

In 2022 four works by the artists Nicolò Cecchella, Simone Forti, Francesco Gennari and Claudia Losi were acquired for GAM – Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna di Torino, while three works by Rossella Biscotti, Pietro Moretti and Klaus Rinke became part of the collection of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.

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