Artissima 2016, the International Contemporary Art Fair in Turin, directed by Sarah Cosulich for the fifth consecutive year, opens the doors of its twenty-third edition to the public.
Enriched by a new section, Dialogue, a new prize, and a structure that brings relevance to experimental and emerging art, the 2016 edition of Artissima comprises seven sections, of which three are each selected by a board of international curators and museum directors (Back to the Future, Present Future and Per4m).
The new initiatives of this year’s edition aim to strengthen even further Artissima’s identity as a “curated fair” and its attention to experimentation and research.
The curatorial approach is clearly visible in the role given to curators in the selection process of the galleries, in the proposals of artists, and in the attention of the fair for curated booths. These precious consultants are also involved in identifying in the fair to be awarded with special prizes, or in participating to initiatives such as the Walkie Talkies, informal conversations between curators or curator and collector, amidst the booths.
Further, the fair’s distinct identity and its force of attraction echo throughout the entire city of Torino, as seen in the collaborative activities with the many museums in the city and in Artissima’s special initiatives.
This year, Artissima presents a parallel project, specially conceived by the German artist Thomas Bayrle for an unusual venue: Torino Airport. In a site-specific installation “Flying home“, the artist transforms the Baggage Claim area of the airport into an unexpected exhibition space.
Artissima also organises a large-scale thematic exhibition at the Oval pavilion that celebrates the great public collections of Torino and its region. Titled “In Mostra“, the show is curated 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.
See the participating galleries in the seven sections of Artissima 2016
Opening and press preview:
3 Nov 2016, 12 pm
3 Nov 2016, 12 pm (by invitation)
from 5.30 to 8.30 pm (by invitation)
Opening to the public:
4, 5, 6 November 2016
12 – 8 pm
Oval, at the Lingotto in Turin.
Three-days ticket: 30Euros
- Artissima 2015 © Filippo Alfero
- Sarah Cosulich, Artissima Director
- Artissima Fair 2015 © Perottino Alfero