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.
Galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair (Main Section, Monologue/Dialogue, New Entries, Art Spaces & Editions), Artissima is also composed of three curated sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists (Present Future), to the rediscovery of the pioneers of contemporary art (Back to the Future) and to drawing (Disegni). The three curated sections will be hosted in the fair pavilion with monographic booths, and on the dedicated digital platform Artissima Voice Over with an indepth presentation.
In 2023, the fair is hosted from 3 to 5 November (2 November preview by invitation) at Oval Lingotto in Torino.
The curators this year include: Defne Ayas (Back to the Future), Francesco Manacorda (Back to the Future), Saim Demircan (Present Future), Maurin Dietrich (Present Future), Irina Zucca Alessandrelli (Disegni). The curatorial advisors are Jacapo Crivelli Visconti and Krist Gruijthuijsen.
The artistic and cultural offerings of Artissima expand into the city thanks to a remarkable programme of special projects outside the fair, in collaboration with local institutions, partners and galleries:
The human conditionArtissima, together with Intesa Sanpaolo, presents a project of films and videos by artists formulated and produced in dialogue with Gallerie d’Italia – Torino. Curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, art critic and independent curator. The exhibition of video works features artists represented by galleries participating in Artissima:
Adrián Balseca (MADRAGOA, Lisbona), Seba Calfuqueo (MARILIA RAZUK, Sao Paulo and LAVERONICA, Modica), Julian Charrière (Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf), Tamara Henderson (RODEO, Londra, Piraeus), Joan Jonas (Raffaella Cortese, Milano), Ali Kazma (Francesca Minini, Milano), Elena Mazzi (Ex Elettrofonica, Roma), Uriel Orlow (mor charpentier Parigi, Bogotá and LAVERONICA, Modica), Shimabuku (ZERO…, Milano).
Where traces fade away is a pathway through five sites in the centre of Torino, a rediscovery of the city through the experience of five works from the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT (Palazzo Perrone di San Martino, Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica, Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento, Teatro Carignano, Teatro Regio*).
Nó na Garganta | Knot in the Throat by Jonathas De Andrade In the setting of Parco Michelotti, inside the former Giardino Zoologico di Torino, in collaboration with Città di Torino Artissima presents a work by the Brazilian artist Jonathas de Andrade (Galleria Continua). The screening of the work Nó na garganta | Knot in the throat (2022) sets out to activate a dialogue with the historical memory of the site, triggering reflections on the historical and social significance of the former zoo of Torino.
All These Fleeting Perfections Produced by EXPOSED. Torino Foto Festival, in collaboration with Artissima and the active participation of some of its exhibitors, All These Fleeting Perfections is a group exhibition that anticipates several questions that will be explored by the festival, from 2 May to 2 June 2024, in its first edition titled New Landscapes – Nuovi paesaggi. Biblioteca civica Alberto Geisser.
Perché non Lilloni? Thanks to the renewed dialogue between Artissima and UNA Esperienze, a brand of Gruppo UNA, the ballroom of the historic hotel Principi di Piemonte | UNA Esperienze in the centre of Torino will host, for the fourth time in collaboration with Artissima, a contemporary art exhibition titled Perché non Lilloni?, curated this year by Massimo Minini and his namesake gallery in Brescia.
Vestiges. illy Present Future 2022 Prize Exhibition Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo hosts the solo show of Peng Zuquiang, presented by the gallery Antenna Space of Shanghai, winner of the 2022 edition of the illy Present Future Prize, which thanks to the contemporary approach of illycaffè, makes an important contribution to the growth of emerging talents, confirming the innovative role of the fair in support to international artists.
New Egg Giannoni & Santoni, a company specialised in the design of spaces and works of high artistic value, presents New Egg, an exhibition curated by Nicolas Ballario, where the progragonists are unexpected domestic chicken coops imagined by Vedovamazzei.
VANNI occhiali #artistroom The Torino-based brand of creative eyewear VANNI occhiali, at the VANNI showroom on Piazza Carlina in Torino, presents the capsule collection Visum of artists’ eyewear designed by Teresa Giannico, who in 2022, under the aegis of the gallery Viasaterna of Milano, won the Premio VANNI occhiali #artistroom. At the same time, the space will host works by the artist in the exhibition L’atto di vedere, in collaboration with Viasaterna Milano.
2 Nov: preview (upon invitation only)
3 – 4 Nov: public days 12pm – 8pm
5 Nov: public day 11am – 7pm
OVAL Lingotto Fiere via Giacomo Mattè Trucco, 70 Torino