Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research.

Nearly two hundred galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair, Artissima is also composed of three art sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists, performances and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art.

Artissima 2017 will be held in Torino from 3 to 5 November at the Oval, a glass pavilion built for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the industrial archaeology complex of the Lingotto.

It is curated by Artissima Srl, a company connected with the Fondazione Torino Musei.

Artissima 2017

The more traditional part of Artissima is divided into four sections overseen by the fair committee:

Main Section, for established galleries on the international contemporary art scene;

Dialoguereserved to emerging galleries or galleries with an experimental approach applying with either a monographic booth or with works by 2-3 artists in dialogue;

New Entries, devoted to galleries that have been open for less than five years and are at the fair in Turin for the first time;

Art Editions, for galleries specialising in editions and artist’s multiples.

 

Selection Committee:

Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi gallery, Berlin

Paola Capata, Monitor gallery, Roma

Guido Costa, Guido Costa Projects gallery, Torino

Martin McGeown, Cabinet gallery, London

Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar gallery, Berlin

Jocelyn Wolff, Jocelyn Wolff gallery, Paris

Present Future is the section Artissima has devoted to emerging talents, selected by a board of young curators from around the world.

The artists are presented by the galleries that represent them, along a specially designed itinerary. The works of the invited artists include new productions as well as projects that are being displayed for the first time in Italy and Europe.

 

Curatorial Committee:

Cloé Perrone (coordinator), independent curator, Roma, New York

Samuel Gross, head curator at Istituto Svizzero di Roma

João Laia, independent curator and writer, Lisbon

Charlotte Laubard, art historian and independent curator, Geneva

Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. In 2016 the focus will be narrowed to the period of 1970–1989.

The section aims to bring international artists who have played a fundamental role in contemporary art back into the limelight. For the general public, Back to the Future is a unique opportunity to get to know important works from those years in a dialogue with today’s experimentation.

 

Curatorial Committe:

Anna Daneri (coordinator), independent curator, Genova, and founder of

Peep-Hole, Milano

Zasha Colah, independent curator, Mumbai, and curator of the Pune Biennale 2017

Dora García, artist and professor at Oslo National Academy of Arts, Oslo, and HEAD, Geneva

Chus Martinez, curator, director of the FHNW Art Institute, Basel, member of the advisory board of Castello di Rivoli

Disegni is the new section of Artissima devoted to the expressive medium of drawing. The section is intended to celebrate an artistic discipline capable of expressing the immediacy of and the thinking behind the creative gesture, existing in a space suspended between idea and finished work.

 

Curatorial Committee:

Luís Silva and João Mourão, directors, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon

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Anna Daneri

Coordinator Back to the Future 

Anna Daneri is one of the founders of Peep-Hole and initiator of Meru Art*Science Award, organized by Meru-Medolago Ruggeri Foundation for biomedical research, GAMeC-Bergamo and BergamoScienza. Independent curator, she is contributor of magazines such as Mousse, Domus, and L’Officiel Art Italia and worked for several international exhibitions. She collaborated with Art for the World (1996–2013) and with Fondazione Antonio Ratti (1995–2010), and she was professor of Contemporary Art Phenomenology at the Accademia Carrara di Belle Arti in Bergamo (2003–07). She was curator of the Genova maXter Program organized in 2013-2014 by Villa Croce contemporary art museum. In 2015 she was Production Manager of They Come to Us without a Word, exhibition and performance by Joan Jonas for the US Pavilion at 56th Biennale di Venezia. In 2016 she was NTU CCA Singapore Curator-in-Residence.


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Cloé Perrone

Coordinator Present Future

Independent curator, snce 2011, she has been curating shows at the Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Roma: Camille Henrot Monday (2016), Shannon Ebner Auto Body Collision (2014), Sterling Ruby Chron II (2013) and Sara VanDerBeek (2012). She curated Camille Henrot solo show Luna di Latte at MADRE, museo d’arte contemporanea donnaregina, Napoli (2016). She also co-curated the 5th edition of Volcano Extravaganza organized by the Fiorucci Art Trust, London titled I Will Go Where I don’t Belong in Stromboli, Sicily (2016). Perrone was a Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in the department of Modern and Contemporary Art where she focused on Arte Povera and Post-minimalism. She wrote the chronology for Marisa Merz The Sky is a Great Space, the artist’s first international retrospective. Previously she worked at MAXXI – Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome where she organized Doris Salcedo Plegaria Muda (2012) and The Otolith Group. Thoughtform (2011). At the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris she assisted on a large group survey titled Dynasty (2010).

She received her B.A. from Bocconi University, Milano and her M.A. from CCS – Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson.


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João Mourão and Luís Silva

Coordinators Disegni

João Mourão and Luís Silva are a curatorial duo based in Lisbon, Portugal, where they currently serve as co-directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, a contemporary art institution they founded in 2009.

A selection of recent shows they curated includes solos by Nathalie Du Pasquier, Céline Condorelli, Jacopo Miliani, Iman Issa, Katja Novitskova and Marwa Arsanios, as well as group shows in institutions such as Extra City, Antwerp or David Roberts Art Foundation, London.

Besides their curatorial practice, João Mourão and Luís Silva are also contributing editors of CURA. magazine and co-editors of the ongoing book series “Performing the Institution(al)”, addressing recent developments in institutional practice.


Vittoria Martini

Vittoria Martini

Co-curator Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente

Co-curator Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente

Since 2013 she has been a tutor at Campo, the course for curators of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Torino, where she teaches History of Exhibitions and Curatorial Practices. In 2011 she took a research doctorate in Theory and History of the Arts. In 2009 she was invited by Thomas Hirschhorn to fill the role of “Ambassador” of the Bijlmer Spinoza Festival, Amsterdam. In 2005 she coordinated historical and archival research for the project by Antoni Muntadas On Translation: I Giardini (Spanish Pavilion, 51st Venice Biennale). Her most important publications include: A brief history of I Giardini, in AA.VV. Muntadas/ON Translation: I Giardini, Spanish Pavilion (Actar 2005); Questions of Authorship in Biennial Curating, in AA.VV. The Biennial Reader. An Anthology on Large-Scale Perennial Exhibitions of Contemporary Art (Bergen Kunsthalle-Hatje Cantz 2010); Just Another Exhibition: storie e politiche delle biennali, with F. Martini, (Postmediabooks, 2011); 1970: A Biennale in Search of Itself (“The Exhibitionist”, no. 11, 2015); Thomas Hirschhorn. The Bijlmer Spinoza Festival (in preparation for Humboldt Books); La Biennale di Venezia 1968-1980. Storia di una rivoluzione (in preparation).


Abaseh Mirvali

Abaseh Mirvali

Collectors’ Talks and Walkie Talkies programme

An independent curator of contemporary art and architecture and project producer, Mirvali has recently curated the project of the Iranian artist Abbas Akhavan, a permanent installation on the roof of FLORA ars + natura in Bogota, Colombia. In 2015 she curated the first exhibition in Latin America of the English artist and Turner Prize winner Simon Starling, at the Luis Barragán House and Studio and Museo Experimental El Eco in Mexico City. In 2013 she worked on the concept and programme of the Biennial of the Americas, as executive director and commissioner. Previously (2005-09) she was the executive director of the Colección Jumex and Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, where she organised and developed one of the most important collections of contemporary art in Latin America. Presently Mirvali is on the Board of Women’s Weekend México and the Selection Committee of Bellagio Creative Art Fellowship for Visual Artists of the Rockefeller Foundation. She lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.


Paola Nicolin

Paola Nicolin

Curator, Talks programme

A historian of contemporary art and curator, she is the founding director of the art and education centre “the classroom” (theclassroom.it). With a PhD in Theory and History of the Arts, she has taught History of Modern and Contemporary Art since 2008 at Bocconi University in Milano. Since 2009 she has been a contributor of Artforum; she was the art editor of Abitare (2006–11) and was in charge of the programme of exhibitions of the City of Milano – Department of Culture (2011–13). In 2014 she worked at the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale, and she has co-curated solo shows by Markus Schinwald (Milano Triennale) and Susan Philipsz (Villa Croce, 2015). She has written many texts and publications, including: Diario Psichico. Analisi di una mostra d’arte contemporanea (with Masbedo, Quodlibet, 2016), Susan Philipsz: Follow Me (Humboldtbooks, 2015), She: La figura femminile nel lavoro di Adrian Paci (Johan&Levi, 2014), Alberto Garutti: Didascalia (Mousse/Koenig, 2012), Addio Anni70: Arte a Milano 1969-1980 (Mousse, 2012), Castelli di Carte: La XIV Triennale di Milano (Quodlibet, 2011), Being Cattelan (Abitare-RSC, 2011), Palais de Tokyo: Sito di creazione contemporanea (Postmediabooks, 2006). She is a member of the Committee of Experts of Fondazione Carriero. She lives and works in Milano.


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The more traditional part of Artissima is divided into three sections overseen by the fair committee:

Main Section, for established galleries on the international contemporary art scene.

New Entries, devoted to galleries that have been open for less than five years and are at the fair in Turin for the first time.

Art Editions, for galleries specialising in editions and artist’s multiples.

 

 

Selection committee:

Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin

Paola Capata, Monitor Gallery, Roma

Guido Costa, Guido Costa Projects Gallery, Torino

Peter Kilchmann, Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zurich

Pedro Mendes, Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo

Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar Gallery, Berlin

Jocelyn Wolff, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris

Present Future is the section Artissima has devoted to emerging talents, selected by a board of young curators from around the world.

The artists are presented by the galleries that represent them, along a specially designed itinerary. The works of the invited artists include new productions as well as projects that are being displayed for the first time in Italy and Europe.

The artists chosen for this section compete in the illy Present Future Prize, which offers the winner the exceptional opportunity of a show in a prestigious contemporary art museum.

Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. Once again in 2015 the focus will be narrowed to the period of 1975–1985.

The section aims to bring international artists who have played a fundamental role in contemporary art back into the limelight. For the general public, Back to the Future is a unique opportunity to get to know important works from those years in a dialogue with today’s experimentation.

Per4m is the Artissima section devoted exclusively to performance art. Inaugurated in 2014, it is the first show of its kind on the international art-fair scene. Its aim is to offer a stage and separate space to a modern art form that is extremely fertile but difficult to promote during an art fair.

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