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The 25th Anniversary of Artissima

The 25th Anniversary of Artissima

By Eugenia Bertelè

Artissima 2018, Italy’s most cutting-edge contemporary art fair, is celebrating its 25th year anniversary. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the fair, which takes place at the oval space in Turin, Italy from November 2nd to 4th. Artissima 2018 is under the direction of curator, Ilaria Bonacossa, for two years running. Positive collaboration resonates between museums, public institutions, foundations, and galleries throughout the city; in total, Artissima generates 3.7 million euro each year

Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica - Artissima 2018

Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica – Artissima 2018

The theme for 25th year anniversary of Artissima is “time” (Time is on our side), which expresses the dynamism of an eloquent past and a future open to creative explorations.
The Fair presents four sections – Main Section, New Entries, Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions – which are juried by a committee of key art players, including: Isabella Bortolozzi from the Homonym Gallery, Berlin; Paola Capata, from Monitor gallery, Rome and Lisbon; Guido Costa, from Guido Costa Projects, Martin McGeown from Cabinet, London; Alessandro Pasotti from P420 gallery, Bologna, Gregor Podnar, Berlin and Jocelyn Wolff, Paris.
PIETRO RUFFO Migration Italy, 2018 Ink on paper laid on canvas 210x150 cm Courtesy Galleria Lorcan O'Neill and the Artist - Artissima 2018

PIETRO RUFFO, Migration Italy, 2018 – Ink on paper laid on canvas, 210x150 cm – Courtesy Galleria Lorcan O’Neill and the Artist

Main Section presents 94 established galleries on the international art scene, including 44 foreign. New Entries is dedicated to emerging galleries with 14 exhibitors, of which 10 galleries are international. Dialogue focuses on specific projects showcasing 2 or 3 artist’s work in close dialogue with each other, and features 19 galleries of which 12 from abroad. Art Space & Editions offers 9 exhibitors, including galleries and no- profit initiatives, specializing in artist’s editions and multiples.
BARBARA PROBST Exposure #86: N.Y.C., Central Park, Wollman Skating Rink, 03.01.11, 6:36 a.m., 2011 Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper 99x112 cm Courtesy Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano Photo: Andrea Rossetti - Artissima 2018

BARBARA PROBST Exposure #86: N.Y.C., Central Park, Wollman Skating Rink, 03.01.11, 6:36 a.m., 2011 – Ultrachrome ink on cotton paper 99x112 cm – Courtesy Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano Photo: Andrea Rossetti

In addition, Artissima 2018 presents 4 curated sections: Present Future features the work of 18 artists from 19 galleries, all original projects created specifically for the fair or being shown for the first time in Europe; Back to the Future, a section dedicated to the rediscovery of the pioneers of contemporary art, especially those who’ve played a crucial role in the transformation of formal languages and contemporary practices.
Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica - Artissima 2018

Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica

This year’s period of the investigation dates from 1980 to 1994, exactly 15 years before Artissima made its debut; Disegni, a program focused on drawing, an artistic practice capable of capturing the immediacy of the creative process in the space between the idea and the finished work, a media that is now appreciated among the new generation of collectors; and Sound, a new section located outside the Fair at Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR), situated in a dramatic exhibition space.
Ilaria Bonacossa - Photo: ©Silvia Pastore - Artissima 2018

Ilaria Bonacossa – Photo: ©Silvia Pastore

An ex-industrial area of the XIX century restored in 2013, a cathedral of the Turinese industry, and a symbol of the city’s resilience and ability to transform its assets in new creative incubators – presents 16 sound projects selected by two curators, which focus on contemporary interdisciplinary practices. These projects use sound as a medium to transform space and perception, to reactivate memories, and to free the imagination.
Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica - Artissima 2018

Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica

The Fair also serves as platform for private companies and art projects to find their trait d’union, where visitors can enjoy professional talks, explore educational programs for kids, and in occasion of Artissima’s 25th anniversary, experience the launch of Artissima Experimental Academy – an itinerant project born from the constant commitment to redefine boundaries of contemporary art through education.
Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica - Artissima 2018

Oval, Artissima 2017, Photo: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica

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Art Drops

Art Drops

By Pietro Ferrazzi

During #Artissima2017 we asked to some gallerists to explain us one of the artworks present at the Fair. First step to get closer to contempary art is to understand. #FreshArtDeliveredDaily #Looklateral #contemporaryart

#Artissima2017 – Present Future Section

#Artissima2017 – Present Future Section

By Giulia Cennamo

Welcome to the Future! A panoramic view on Present Future Section of Artissima2017, devoted to emerging talents, selected by a board of young curators from around the world

Present Future 2017 hosts even this year the great artists of tomorrow, such as Cally Spooner (1983, Ascott) that with her project “The Performative”, born from the collaboration between the GB Agency and Zero Gallery, has just won the 17th Illy Present Future Award. She faces the disease of contemporaneity, focusing on inaccessibility through interrupted speech games. Among the others Salvatore Arancio, who in his “Soft Land No Longer” shows to the visitors an imaginary landscape in which the ceramic color games evoke a place that got an ancient flavor. The Swiss-German artist Miriam Laura Leonardi decides to combine the idea of video and the materiality of hand-made shoes, inviting the public to wear her Duchamps and to enter into her imaginary world. Present Future Artissima 2017 Nicolas Lamas in her “Loss of Symmetry” approaches space in a very funny way: colorful balls and a blue rubber carpet; in which a rigid structure embraces all the objects present, and visitors too. Ruta Di Genuardi shows her inspirations picked up from the architectonic operas of the italian engineer Pier Luigi Nervi, and visitors can enjoy the perspective games of her wall made by leather and velvet. Marta Riniker loves sweets and security mechanism. So she decided to mix the solid with deteriorating matters. Omar Ba, born in Senegal, but living and working in Switzerland, decided to go back to his roots but in a new way, showing the present through his country by painting african men wearing theirs traditional masks. And in the end, Todd Bienvenu’s expressionistic paintings, made by oil, aim to, thanks his carefull selection of colour and give the idea of every day life in a direct and funny way.