Artissima 2016

Artissima, Turin / Italy

October 19, 2016

November 4–6, 2016

Preview and opening: November 3 

Artissima 
Oval, Lingotto Fiere
Turin
Italy

info [​at​] artissima.it

www.artissima.it

Artissima, International Fair for Contemporary Art, opens its 23rd edition, in Turin, November 4 through 6, 2016.

Quality and innovation 
Artissima’s innovative, experimental and dynamic approach makes it one of the most anticipated events in the international art calendar, but also the Italian locus of excellence. High-quality presentations, the careful selection of artworks and galleries, and the constant introduction of new projects are its mission. Thanks to Artissima’s constant self-reinvention, it has proven to be a pioneer of new formats and a forerunner of curatorial tendencies.

The original curatorial fair 
Before any other fair has done so, Artissima has involved important international curators (50 this year) in its selection process, in proposals of artists and galleries and on its numerous juries and projects. Owing to their research and scouting, over the years the fair has featured emerging artists who have proven to be great discoveries in the art world, and has contributed to the rediscovery of relevant pioneers of the avant-garde. 

Dialogue and commitment 
Galleries participating at Artissima come to Turin with distinctive booth presentations, special focuses and curated projects. This year, the newly-introduced section Dialogue, presenting a maximum of three artists in a booth, emphasises the importance of curated projects in the fair. In addition, the placement of the New Entries exhibitors along the entrance corridor underlines Artissima’s commitment to younger generations, both of artists and of galleries.
 
Experimental programme
A series of talks entitled “What is Experimental,” curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol, explores leading approaches to commercial and non-profit art display. An engaging Walkie Talkies programme features pairs of curators and collectors in conversation amid the fair’s booths. A surprising selection of live interventions characterises the Per4m section, curated this year by the Dutch collective If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution.

Italy’s best private and public collections
With its rich network of museums and foundations (including Castello di Rivoli, GAM, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Fondazione Merz) and its breathtaking private collections, Turin features an incomparable patrimony. The annual exhibition In Mostra, located at the fair, celebrates some of the region’s major collections in a large-scale thematic show. Curated this year by Simone Menegoi, it focuses on the human figure and its representation in art. 

Collectors’ favourite fair
Thanks to its unique focus on innovation and research, the fair has increasingly attracted collectors from all over the world, involving them in its special initiatives and encouraging their connection with galleries, curators and the public. Because of its great curatorial focus, Artissima offers unique opportunities to collectors. Those who discover the fair, keep coming back.

Acquisition, prizes, art advisory
The presence at Artissima of important collectors, curators—and recently also of numerous international museum boards—has contributed to creating ever-better conditions for the participating galleries. The fair also counts on an active art advisory service, an important acquisition budget by local museums and institutions, and seven different prizes awarded to its galleries and artists.

Turin—a special place to be 
Turin has made contemporary art its main vocation, and has thus become an unrivalled cultural gem in Italy—a serendipitous convergence of great public and private museums, foundations and collections. During the fair, these cultural institutions feature solo shows by Ai Weiwei, Ed Atkins, Joseph Beuys, Josh Kline, Carol Rama, Wael Shawky and Rosemarie Trockel. Artissima is proud to be rooted in a unique city; in its sophisticated atmosphere and baroque past, as well as in its extraordinary culinary experience: the gourmet capital of truffles, wine and chocolate.

Artissima flies
In collaboration with Torino Airport, Artissima has produced Flying Home, a surprising site-specific installation by Thomas Bayrle in the baggage claim area:
“This location is the right place to be—parts of airplanes and pulling hands—single units of a huge collective system in which we are all participating. Breathing—swimming—walking—even singing—swinging—all of us. Flying Home.”
–Thomas Bayrle

The Artissima team looks forward to mesmerizing you in Turin this November!

For the complete fair programme and the list of all curators taking part in juries and other projects see our website.


Artissima is a brand of Regione Piemonte, Città Metropolitana di Torino and Città di Torino. Artissima is organised by Artissima srl, a company founded in 2007 to manage the fair’s artistic and commercial relationships and is owned by Fondazione Torino Musei, established by Città di Torino to support, manage and enhance the artistic and museum-based heritage of the city. The 23rd Artissima is being put on with the support of the brand-owning authorities, jointly with Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT and Camera di commercio di Torino.

The event involves the collaboration of:
Main partner: UniCredit
Partners: illycaffè, K-Way, Lancia, Lauretana, Leica, Mutina, Owenscorp, QC Termetorino, Reda, Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, Torino Airport | Sagat
In kind-sponsors: Artek, Calligaris, Cappellini, Carloangela, Carpet Edition, Cassina, FR Costruzioni, GL Events Italia – Lingotto Fiere, Guido Gobino, Halifax, Kartell, Lago, Nemo Lighting, Parco1923, Poltrona Frau, Vitra
Official carrier: Gondrand
Media partners: La Stampa, AD, Vogue Italia
Media coverage: Sky Arte HD
In-kind online partner: Artsy