Artissima announces galleries for it’s 2015 edition

Words by Elena Scarpa
September 17, 2015

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 will be held in Torino from 6 to 8 November at the Oval, a glass pavilion built for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the industrial archaeology complex of the Lingotto.

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 specializing in editions and artist’s multiples.

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.

Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. The early editions showcased artists active in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, but 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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