Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente is the new cultural exhibition at Artissima focusing on Italian art. The Deposito will host prestigious loans from Piedmont-based institutions and works from the galleries taking part in the fair, reflecting their outstanding contributions to the production of contemporary art history in our country.
For this new project Artissima looks back at one of the most innovative initiatives of Torino in the 1960s, when the city was one of the international capitals of artistic research: the Deposito d’Arte Presente (1967–68). A place of production and display of the works of emerging artists organised by Gian Enzo Sperone, the Deposito, in the words of the historian Robert Lumley, was “an extemporaneous, non-permanent collection … a space for the present, for a type of art connected to the hic et nunc and stripped of any sacred character”.
With the Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, Artissima retrieves that format, shifting it into the present time and using it as a conceptual framework for a project that absorbs the operative modes of the original. The Deposito is not really an exhibition, but a place to trigger a narration on the last 20 years of Italian art, to capture it today and understand its future developments. The Deposito becomes a place of study and discovery for curators, collectors and art lovers.
With the support of Camera di commercio di Torino
Artissima organises a large-scale thematic exhibition at the Oval pavilion that celebrates the great public collections of Torino and its region. For the first time in 2016, the show combines both art works from major museums and foundations and loans from important private collections. The result is a unique exhibition titled In Mostra, in which Piemonte’s commitment to collecting at the highest international level is displayed. Curated this year by Simone Menegoi, the project, entitled ‘corpo.gesto.postura’ (‘body.gesture.posture.’), focuses on the human figure and the exploration of the body in art. The selection includes sculptures and videos, paintings and photographs, performances and drawings from the nineteenth century to the present. Some works evoke a dialogue between statues and living bodies, while others relate the artistic representation and evocation of the body.