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 2016 will be held in Torino from 4 to 6 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.

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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

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.

 

Curatorial Committee:

Luigi Fassi (coordinator), visual arts curator, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz

Anne Faucheret, research curator, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Hicham Khalidi, associate curator, Fondation d’enterprise Galeries Lafayette, Lafayette Anticipation, Paris

Sohrab Mohebbi, writer and assistant curator, REDCAT, Los Angeles

Wim Waelput, founding director and curator, KIOSK, Ghent

 

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:

Eva Fabbris (coordinator), independent curator, Milan

Gary Carrion-Murayari, Kraus Family Curator, New Museum, New York

Krist Gruijthuijsen, director, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Cristiano Raimondi, Head of Development and international projects, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

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.

 

Curatorial Committee

If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Amsterdam

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If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution

Coordinators Per4m

Founded in 2005 in Amsterdam, If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution produces artworks and thematic programmes, exploring the evolution and typology of performance and performativity in contemporary art.

If I Can’t Dance has borrowed the model of collaborative working from the theatre by investing in an elaborated programme that develops through its very enactment, at each event and at each location, over time.

For Artissima director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Susan Gibb will devise a programme of performances that will unfold over the three day period of the fair.


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Eva Fabbris

Coordinator Back to the Future 

Eva Fabbris is an independent curator and art historian. Since February 2016, she is part of the Research Department’s team of the Fondazione Prada in Milano. In 2015, together with Cristiano Raimondi, she co-curated a solo exhibition by Fausto Melotti and two projects by Alessandro Pessoli and Paul Sietsema at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco.

She holds a Phd in Humanities.


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Luigi Fassi

Coordinator Present Future

Since 2012, Luigi Fassi has been the curator of visual arts at the steirischer herbst festival in Graz, Austria. In 2016 he is fellow of the Artis Research Trip Program in New York and curator of the XVI Quadriennale di Roma. A Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP in New York in 2009, he was director of the ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum in Bolzano (2009–12), where he organised group and solo exhibitions for artists including Runo Lagomarsino, Chto Delat?, Katarina Zdjelar, Alejandro Cesarco and William E. Jones.

Together with G. Di Salvatore, he is the author of Clement Greenberg. L’avventura del modernismo (Johan & Levi, 2011) and Time Out of Joint: Recall and Evocation in Recent Art (Yale University Press, 2009).


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Simone Menegoi

Curator In Mostra

Simone Menegoi is a critic and independent curator. Currently he is curator-in-residence at the Belvedere – XXler Haus in Vienna. He teaches at the Istituto Europeo del Design, in Roma, and regularly writes for the website artforum.com. He has been contributing editor for Kaleidoscope (2009–12) and Mousse (2006–08). In 2012–13 he was a curator at CSAV – Artists’ Research Laboratory at the Fondazione Ratti (Como), collaborating with visiting artists Matt Mullican and Tacita Dean. In 2005 he curated exhibitions in private and public institutions, including La Galerie (Paris), Museo Marino Marini (Firenze), David Roberts Arts Foundation (London), Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Extra City Kunsthal (Antwerp), amonst others.

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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