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In collaboration with its partners, Artissima organizes four prizes for artists and galleries: illy Present Future Prize, FPT for Sustainable Art Award, VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize and Tosetti Value Award for photography.
These are supplemented by two honours commemorating outstanding figures in the art world: the Matteo Viglietta Award, promoted by Collezione La Gaia, and the Carol Rama Award, promoted by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte; as well as four initiatives of support for artists and galleries, implemented by foundations and institutions that have confirmed or begun their relationship with the fair: OGR Award of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, “ad occhi chiusi…” of Fondazione Merz, ISOLA SICILIA 2022 of Fondazione Oelle, and the Ettore and Ines Fico Prize of the MEF Museo Ettore Fico in Turin.

OGR Award

The OGR Award, now at its 5th edition, is the prize organized by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT for the acquisition of a work for the foundation’s collection, then provided on loan to OGR Torino. In line with the mission of OGR Torino, an international hub of innovation and contemporary culture, one of the most dynamic centres of experimentation in Europe, the award assigned during Artissima focuses on the sophisticated relationship between art and technology. For the second year, the OGR Award will establish dialogue with the project Beyond Production, based on collaboration between Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT and Artissima, to investigate the complex phenomenon of the Metaverse.

The award confirms the role of the two institutions as catalysts of creative energies, activators 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 Turin.

During the days of the fair, a talk at the Meeting Point included the announcement of the 4 galleries and 4 artists who will be participating in the project in the months following the event: Marcos Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris, Venice / Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia / Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London / R M – Martina Simeti, Milan.

“ad occhi chiusi…” by Fondazione Merz

Fondazione Merz, one of the protagonists of the new Artissima project A SUD, returns with “ad occhi chiusi…”, the grant created in 2021 in collaboration with the fair, with the aim of selecting the international artist that corresponds best to the foundation’s research on young artists of the Mediterranean. The selected artist will have the possibility of taking part in a residency in Sicily. The results of the work conducted during the course of the residency will be presented in the programming of ZACentrale at the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo.

In 2021 the artist selected in the project was Heba Y. Amin, presented by the Zilberman Gallery of Istanbul and Berlin.

Alex Ayed and Nona Inescu are the winners of the second edition of “ad occhi chiusi…”, the grant created in 2021 in collaboration with the fair, which selects international artists who correspond best to the foundation’s research on young artists of the Mediterranean.

The ex aequo winners are Alex Ayed presented by ZERO… gallery, Milan and Nona Inescu presented by SpazioA gallery, Pistoia.

The grant has been awarded by an international jury composed of Owen Martin, director and chief curator of the Norval Foundation in Cape Town, Beatrice Merz, president of the Fondazione Merz in Turin and ZACentrale in Palermo, Agata Polizzi, cultural coordinator of ZACentrale in Palermo, and Bart van der Heide, director of the Museion in Bolzano

ISOLA SICILIA 2022 by Fondazione Oelle

Fondazione Oelle, one of the protagonists of the new Artissima project A SUD, sponsors the ISOLA SICILIA 2022 residency, based on the selection made by an international jury of one artist among those represented by the galleries in the fair. The artist will have the opportunity to take part in a residency at Acicastello, Catania, during which they will conduct research on the concept of Sicily, an island among islands. Upon completion of the residency, an exhibition will be organized in one of the locations in which the Foundation operates.

Dala Nasser is the winner of the first edition of ISOLA SICILIA 2022, born from the collaboration between Artissima and Fondazione Oelle from Aci Castello, in the province of Catania, chosen among the artists represented by the galleries at the fair. ISOLA SICILIA is an experiential format for the “artist-navigators” of the third millennium, to promote contemporary artistic research in the fields of visual arts, photography, video, sound art and more: actions seen as cultural crossings in Sicily.

The artist is presented by Deborah Schamoni gallery, Munich.

The grant has been awarded by an international jury composed of Etienne Bernard, director of FRAC Bretagne in Rennes, Stefano Collicelli Cagol, director of the Centro Pecci in Prato, and Francesca Guerisoli, director of the MAC Contemporary Art Museum in Lissone


Ettore and Ines Fico Prize

The Ettore and Ines Fico Prize, organized with MEF Museo Ettore Fico of Torino and now at its 13th 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, Turin) and an international jury 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 Mimosa Echard (Martina Simeti, Milan) and Namsal Siedlecki (Magazzino, Roma) in 2021; Alessandro Scarabello (The Gallery Apart, Rome in 2020), Guglielmo Castelli (Francesca Antonini, Roma and Rolando Anselmi, Berlin/Rome, in 2019), Georgia Sagri (Anthony Reynolds, London, in 2018), David Douard (Chantal Crousel, Paris, in 2017), Gian Maria Tosatti (Lia Rumma, Milan/Naples, in 2016), Anne Imhof (Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, in 2015), Lili Reynaud-Dewar (Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Rome, in 2014), Petrit Halilaj (Chert, Berlin, in 2013), Luca Trevisani (Pinksummer, Genova, in 2012), Rä Di Martino (Monitor, Rome, in 2011) and Rossella Biscotti (Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milan, in  2010).

Kate Newby is the winner of the thirteenth edition of the Ettore e Ines Fico Prize promoted by MEF Museo Ettore Fico of Turin and aimed at supporting and enhancing the work of young artists through an acquisition. Among the artists presented at the fair, the winner has been chosen thanks to her international research and poetics.

The artist is presented by the Art : Concept, Paris.

The artist has been awarded by an international jury composed of Renato Alpegiani, collector Andrea Busto, president and director of the MEF Museo Ettore Fico in Turin, and Valerie Da Costa, art historian and critic and curator in Paris.


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