During Artissima 2017 international juries awarded seven prizes to participating artists and galleries.

The first edition of the Campari Art Prize marks the beginning of a three-year partnership between Artissima and Campari.

The prize is dedicated to an artist under 35, selected from all artists showing work in the seven sections of the fair, and based on his or her research of the evocative power of storytelling, the dimension of communication and the narrative impact of the work.

Sári Ember, presented by Ani Molnár, Budapest is the winner of the first edition of the prize.

The international jury, composed of Adam Budak, chief curator, National Gallery of Prague; Carina Plath, deputy director of Sprengel Museum Hannover; and Francesco Stocchi, curator of modern and contemporary art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and curator at Fondazione Memmo Roma, selected Sári Ember for the following reasons:

The jury decided to award the artist because of her research on the evocative power of storytelling. She is able to create a private mythology out of archetypal patterns and collective experiences. The jury was impressed by the variety of materials and techniques, such as ceramics, stone, collage, and photography, the artist uses to construct an archeology of the contemporary. The encompassing and subtle environments she creates involve further the means of museum presentation and the spaces as a whole.

The artist will receive a cash award and will have a solo show at Galleria Campari, the exhibition space at the Campari headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni (Milano).

Refresh Irinox Prize, for the new section Disegni, is awarded to an artist who, through the use of drawing, is able to “reinvent while conserving,” augmenting in a contemporary way the expressive immediacy of a medium that has always represented the most effective path for the transformation of thought into visual form.

The winner of the firs edition of the prize is David Haines, represented at Artissima by Upstream, Amsterdam.

An international jury composed of Claire Gilman, chief curator at The Drawing Center in New York; Katharine Stout, deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, curator of Collezione Ramo in Milano, selected the winner for the following reasons:

We believe that out of a very strong group of artists David’s work stands out as speaking to issues at the forefront of Drawing today. The way in which he uses the medium to play with representation both in terms of the handmade and the digital, as well as his deep investment in art historical references is exemplary within a proliferation of work in this area. His work gives poignant testament to our contemporary condition in which our desire for intimacy and human contact is filtered through the solitude of the screen.

The jury also wanted to recognize the work of two further artists with an honorable mention: Ulla von Brandenburg, represented by Produzentegalerie Hamburg, Hamburg and to Ferdinand Penker, represented by nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna.

The OGR Award is a new prize of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT leading to the acquisition of a work as part of the foundation’s collection, for the new OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Torino, the new visual and performing arts center in Torino that brings technological research together artistic activity in all its forms.

Rokni Haerizadeh, represented by Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai) with a group of works of the series Fictionville shown in the Disegni section, is the winner of the first edition of the prize.

The artist was selected from among the 206 galleries taking part in the fair by an international jury composed of Fawz Kabra, an independent curator and writer based in New York; Abaseh Mirvali, independent curator of contemporary art and architecture, designer, Mexico City and Berlin; and Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director of OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Torino.

The works of the Iranian artist based in Dubai were chosen due to their engaging images that find overtones in the contemporary world. Haerizadeh extends the boundaries of painting to transform news, photographs and images of current events into mythological visions that reveal a corrupt circus of humanised beasts and other unreal creatures, all inserted in a fantasy landscape. Haerizadeh sees art in everyday life, without drawing boundaries between the two worlds.

The jury feels that these works are pertinent to the commitment to the arts of OGR. The exceptional approach taken by the OGR Award makes collaborations with the winning artist possible, to further explore enlightening and immersive artistic practices.

The new CARIOCA KIDS Prize, created in collaboration with the Department of Education of the City of Torino, sponsored by CARIOCA® and coordinated by ZonArte, was awarded to Theo Drebbel, presented by Viasaterna (Milan).

The prize is for the New Entries section of the fair, set aside for emerging galleries on the international scene, and will be assigned to an artist whose research and production stimulate “augmented creativity” to be explored and shared with future generations. The award has the aim of increasing awareness among greater numbers of teachers regarding creative languages, while activating new pedagogical paths in the elementary schools of Torino.      

The jury, composed of members of ZonArte: Flavia Barbaro, head of the Education Department of GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea; Orietta Brombin, curator AEF PAV Parco Arte Vivente; Mario Petriccione, head of the Education Department of Fondazione Merz; Anna Pironti, head of the Education Department of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea; and Paola Zanini, project manager of the Education Department of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, selected the winner, Theo Drebbel, for the following reasons:

The jury of the ZonArte network, after having examined the portfolios of the artists in NEW ENTRIES 2017 section of Artissima, and following a visit to their respective galleries, has indicated the work of Theo Drebbel for its evocative features of process, modular organisation and dynamic interaction with space. The ZonArte network has also assessed the relational potential of the works and their emotional impact, envisioning lines of meaning capable of activating a fertile, creative dialogue with teachers and students, also in relation to the approach to education shared by the organisations involved in the assignment of the new prize sponsored by Carioca.

The winner will act as the motor for a new training initiative for teachers in Torino elementary schools, which forms part of an already diverse education program that has fostered the desire for expression and the creativity of children for many years.

The jury also wanted to recognize the work of two further artists with an honorable mention: Alicja Bielawska, represented by the gallery Kasia Michalski (Warsaw), and Simone Monsi, represented by the gallery Placentia Arte (Piacenza).

illy Present Future Prize, supported by illycaffè since 2001, is assigned to the artist whose research is seen as the most innovative by an international jury. 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.

Cally Spooner, presented by GB Agency and ZERO… is the winner of the 2017 edition of the prize.

The jury, composed of Mary Ceruti, executive director and curator of SculptureCenter in New York, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM Torino, and Luigi Fassi, curator of visual arts of the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz and coordinator of Present Future for seven years, chose the artist for the following reasons:

Cally Spooner’s performative and mixed media work explores the choreography of invisible violence in the digital age. Through her art, we understand how subjectivity and its bodies change as they are shaped by the technological condition.

The jury would like to give a special mention to Nicolás Lamas, represented at Artissima by Sabot (Cluj-Napoca), and to Joanna Piotrowska, represented by Madragoa gallery (Lisbon).

Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, based on the partnership with Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, honours the gallery with the most interesting project in terms of historical importance and presentation.

Loevenbruck Gallery from Paris wins the fourth edition of the prize for a project of Jean Dupuy.

The jury, composed of Eva Fabbris, art historian and curator at Fondazione Prada (Milano) and coordinator of Back to the Future in the past four years, Francesco Manacorda, director of V-A-C Foundation (Moscow) and founder of the section in 2010, Andrea Viliani, director of MADRE (Napoli) and Lisa Parola, curator at Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte (Torino), selected the gallery for the following reasons:

The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future prize goes to Loevenbruck gallery for the presentation of the extraordinary and original work of Jean Dupuy. His practice explores painting through language, colour and music generating an intelligent and fluid transdisciplinary dialogue, most relevant in the art discourse of today.

The commission also wanted to recognise a special mention to the gallery Eastward Prospectus (Buchares) for having brought to Artissima the work of Marilena Preda-Sânc, which strength and integrity impressed us, especially since this is the first time that her work is seen outside Romania.”

Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize has been organised to encourage and promote one young artist. Alongside the prize, the foundation will move forward with its major programme of acquisitions of works at Artissima to augment the collection of the MEF – Museo Ettore Fico in Torino.

David Douard, presented by Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, is the winner of the 2017 edition of the prize.

The jury, composed of Renato Alpegiani, collector and advisor to Fondazione Ettore Fico of Torino; Andrea Busto, director of MEF – Museo Ettore Fico of Torino; Simone Menegoi, independent curator; and Letizia Ragaglia, director of the Museion of Bolzano, selected David Douard for the following reasons:

David Douard has been awarded the prize for the personal interpretation of present concerns – from digital to human viruses – offered by his sculptures. The artist’s aesthetic combines organic and synthetic juxtaposing traditional materials like blown glass to technologic bits, and reserves to spoken word the unexpected role of a poetic code.

Established in 2015 in collaboration with Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, the Reda Prize is awarded to a young artist whose research explores the photographic medium.

In 2016 the prize was awarded to Joanna Piotrowska presented by the gallery Madragoa (Lisbon) in the New Entries section.

The jury:
Tobia Bezzola, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Reinhard Braun, Camera Austria, Graz
Francesco Zanot, Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Torino
Giovanna Silva, Humboldt Books, Milano

The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, in partnership with the Sardi per l’Arte Foundation, is awarded to the gallery with the best exhibition project in terms of historical relevance and presentation of the booth.

In 2016 the prize was awarded to Galerie in situ – Fabienne Leclerc (Paris) for its presentation of the work of Lars Fredrikson.

The jury:
Daniel Baumann, Kunsthalle Zurich
Christine Macel, Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou, Paris | Venice Biennale (2017)
Joanna Mytkowska, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw

The illy Present Future Prize, backed by illycaffè for 15 years, is awarded to an artist participating in the Present Future section.

In 2016 the Prize has been awarded to Cécile B. Evans, presented by Galerie Barbara Seiler with the work What the heart wants, 2016. The jury also awarded two special mentions: the first one to Renato Leotta presented by galleries Fonti (Napoli) and Madragoa (Lisbon); the second one to the artistic duo, Body by Body, in the booth of gallery Château Shatto (Los Angeles).

The jury:
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – GAM, Rivoli-Torino
Bart van der Heide, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Nicoletta Fiorucci, Fiorucci Art Trust, London

The Owenscorp Prize is awarded to a recently established gallery participating in the New Entries section to recognise its commitment to seeking new talents.

In 2016 the Prize has been awarded to Cavalo gallery (Rio de Janeiro).

The jury:
Emma Lavigne, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz | Biennale de Lyon (2017)
Jose Roca, FLORA ars+natura, Bogotà
Kitty Scott, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto | Liverpool Biennial (2018)
& Michèle Lamy


The Prix K-Way Per4m is awarded to the most significant performance work among those presented on the Per4m stage, and it has been established thanks to the attention K-Way® pays to this form of experimentation.

The 2016 edition of the Prix K-Way Per4m went to Juliette Blightman (Farnham, England, 1980), presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), with the performance Now, Soon, Wait (2016).

The jury:
Franz Bernardelli, independent curator, Torino
Ruth Estevez, REDCAT, Los Angeles
Silvia Fanti, Xing, Bologna
Filipa Ramos, Art Agenda, London

A team of designers will select a talent participating in the fair to be supported in the realization of a forthcoming project. 

In 2016, the Prize has been awarded to Giorgio Andreotta Calò, presented by Sprovieri gallery (London).

The jury:
Massimo Orsini, CEO, Mutina, Modena
Patricia Urquiola, architect and designer, Milano
Gianluigi Ricuperati, writer and creative director, Domus, Torino
Marco De Vincenzo, designer, Roma

The Ettore Fico Foundation Prize, established by the Ettore Fico Foundation in 2009, is awarded to an artist among those exhibiting at Artissima in every section.

In 2016 the Prize was awarded to Gian Maria Tosatti, presented by Lia Rumma gallery in the Main section.

The jury:
Andrea Busto, MEF – Museo Ettore Fico, Torino
Letizia Ragaglia, Museion, Bolzano
Andrea Viliani, MADRE, Napoli
Renato Alpegiani, collector, Torino

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