Public days: 6 - 8 November 2020
illy Present Future Prize

The illy Present Future Prize, now at its 19th edition, is assigned by illycaffè to the artist deemed most interesting in the Present Future section, which has been a launching pad for new talents for many years.Since 2012, in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, the prize offers the winner the exceptional opportunity to have a show in the spaces of the museum.

The international jury –  composed of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, Stefan Kalmár, executive director and curator, ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Agustin Pérez Rubio, curator, Berlin Biennale 2020 – awarded aaajiao presented by House of Egorn, Berlin with the folllowing motivation:

The jury unanimously awards the Chinese artist aaajiao who lives virtually between Berlin and Shanghai for the commitment to exploring subjectivity today. Originally a computer programmer, this activist, media artist and blogger, has developed a body of work that translates and obscures the legibility of identity in order to question normative expectations of the digitalized self.

Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize

Launched in 2014 through a partnership with Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, the Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize is awarded to an exhibitor in one of the most innovative sections of Artissima, featuring museum-quality solo exhibitions on artists active between the 1960s–1990s. The prize is assigned to the gallery with the most interesting project in terms of historical importance of the artist and booth presentation.

The international jury – composed of Marcella Beccaria, chief curator, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Torino, Iwona Blazwick, director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Christine Macel, chief curator of contemporary art, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Lisa Parola, independent curator, Torino – awarded Kimiyo Mishima, represented by Sokyo, Kyoto with the following motivation:

The prize is awarded to Kimiyo Mishima, with the aim of bringing recognition to an artist less well known in Europe. Her practice combines the use of fragile ephemera with the diaristic narrative of a life. Mishima absorbs pop culture and information in her innovative experiments, which include the invention of techniques of printing and serigraphy on ceramics.

Refresh Irinox Prize

Launched in 2017 and dedicated to the Disegni section, the Refresh Prize sponsored by Irinox celebrates the artist who most vividly conveys the expressive immediacy of drawing in a contemporary way.

The international jury – composed of Simon Castets, director, Swiss Institute, New York, Krist Gruijthuijsen, director, KW Berlin Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Oleg G. Slyngstadli, director, Oslo Biennale – awarded Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, presented by ABRA, Caracas with the following motivation:

The jury unanimously decided to award the Venezuelan artist Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe for his outstanding presentation. The unique language of Hakihiiwe’s drawings calls upon native Amazonian symbolism in its most elemental form, conveying the essence of abstraction in natural forms. 

Since 2018 the initiative also includes the acquisition of select works in the Disegni section by Irinox. This year Irinox acquired the work by the artist Christiane Löhr, presented by Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea, Torre Pellice, Torino.

OGR Award

The OGR Award, now in its third edition, is presented in collaboration with Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT. In 2019 the OGR Award will enable the acquisition of a video selected from the works proposed by the galleries participating in the fair. The winning work will join the Collection of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT.

The international jury – composed of Naomi Beckwith, senior curator, MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, Francesco Manacorda, director, V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Venezia, Vittoria Matarrese, director of Performing Arts, Palais de Tokyo Site de Création, Paris – awarded Yuri Ancarani, presented by Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin with the following motivation:

We are very proud to suggest the acquisition of the work of Yuri Ancarani, an important Italian artist who has gained growing acclaim on an international level. His practice is rooted in experimentation with moving images, and becomes a meaningful tool to understand Italy in a moment of transformation, while at the same time reflecting on its recent history.

Campari Art Prize

The Campari Art Prize, now at its third edition, is a result of the partnership between Artissima and Campari Group, and confirms the brand’s reputation of openness to new ideas, and the fusion between a cutting-edge entrepreneurial spirit and the most experimental artistic research.

The prize goes to an artist under 35 featured in one of the sections of the fair, selected for their communicative force and narrative impact.

The international jury – composed of Philippe Van Cauteren, director, SMAK Museum, Ghent, Manuela Moscoso, curator, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, and curator of Liverpool Biennial in 2020, Sam Thorne, director, Nottingham Contemporary, awarded Julian Irlinger, presented by Thomas Schulte, Berlin with the following motivation:

We are struck by Julian Irlinger’s work, which is rooted in archival investigations and found objects. Irlinger sifts through histories of graphic design in relation to trade, ideology and commodities, to pose timely questions about systems of classification and exchange. The presentation at Galerie Thomas Schulte comprises scanned fragments of imagery relating to currency, alongside a floorbased grid of found miniature houses – concise reflections on how national identity finds form and circulates. We are excited to see what Julian’s collaboration with Campari leads to. 

Ettore e Ines Fico Prize

For the ninth consecutive year, Artissima and Museo Ettore Fico will collaborate for the Ettore and Ines Fico Prize, which now takes on a new approach.

For the 2019 edition, the prize will take on a new direction. The artistic board of MEF will select one young Italian artist from those showing work at the fair, who thanks to his/her creative research and poeticism will be offered the possibility of presenting a solo exhibition in the spaces of MEF during the course of 2020.

The jury – composed of the Artistic Board of Museo Ettore Fico, Torino – awarded Guglielmo Castelli, presented by gallery Francesca Antonini, Rome, and gallery Rolando Anselmi, Berlin, Rome with the following motivation:

Guglielmo Castelli embodies a new spirit of Italian painting. The roots of his research are in the deeper ground of European international culture of the last two centuries, drawing impetus from the loftiest, most refined aspects of art history. A tireless artist and voracious accumulator of an impressive trove of aesthetic information, ranging from Bonnard to Bacon, Scipione to the later Lautrec, in his paintings everything is layered in a composition on the borderline of the figurative and the abstract, with coats of encaustic glazing, amidst memories, fragments and citations from the boundless human museum, in which “mastery” is an integral, irreplaceable part of the work of the artist. In absolute terms, Castelli is one of the young Italian talents capable of establishing a dialogue, on equal footing, with the international contemporary avant-gardes.

Andrea Busto, Director, Museo Ettore Fico

New Entries Fair Fund

Now in its 2nd edition, the New Entries Fair Fund, supported by Professional Trust Company in collaboration with Artissima, is a fund created to encourage the participation of young galleries (that have been open for less than 5 years), seen as the most innovative in terms of research and talent scouting.
Every year three candidate galleries in the New Entries section, selected for the quality of their research, receive a contribution of 4,000 euros each to finance their participation at Artissima.
The fair, with the support of Professional Trust Company, thus moves forward with its mission of providing a platform for young creativity by investing in the galleries of the future.

In 2019 the three winning galleries chosen by Professional Trust Company and among those chosen by the selection committee of the fair, in collaboration with Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, are:

Öktem Aykut, Istanbul, with a project on Can Altay and Ihsan Oturmak;
Emalin, London, with a project on Athena Papadopoulos;
Vin Vin, Vienna, with a project on Myles Starr.

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