Artissima 2015: the curatorial fair

Artissima, Turin / Italy

July 3, 2015

6–8 November 2015

Preview and opening: 5 November

Oval, Lingotto Fiere

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Artissima, International Fair of Contemporary Art, will return to the Oval in Turin from 6 to 8 November 2015.

Artissima 2015 will involve curators and collectors in the fair’s programme, to a degree unprecedented within Italy or elsewhere. Art collecting is a crucial driving force for the country’s cultural and economic life. Having combined attention to the international art market with the promotion of the most innovative research for 22 years, Artissima is the ideal venue for acknowledging and enhancing its role.

Major Italian collectors will join critics and curators in each of the juries for the prizes awarded at the fair. In 2015 there will be six, as the five of the past editions (illy Present Future Prize, Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize, Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize and Prix K-Way Per4m) will be supplemented by the Reda-Artissima Prize, awarded to a young artist whose research explores the language of photography.

Italian and international collectors will also be central to the Walkie Talkies programme, informal dialogues held by experts as they wander through the works displayed at the fair, an initiative that has proved highly successful in previous years. 

To underline the attention that it lavishes on its guests, Artissima 2015 will completely redesign the VIP Lounge on the balcony overlooking the Oval that has been welcoming them for years. A fully fledged curatorial project, the first of its kind for an art fair, will turn it into an “Opium Den” offering an immersive and sumptuous aesthetic experience, an artist’s visual essay, and intertwining suggestions, collections, images and visions. 

In addition to encouraging a high presence of collectors, Artissima’s programme for 2015 will involve more than fifty curators and museum directors from all over the world, confirming its vocation as a crossroads of art in our country. The fair’s curated sections will be coordinated by four young Italian curators, further proof of Artissima’s commitment not only to showcase great art, but also to foster exchange and dialogue between Italy and the international scene. 

The six sections that comprise Artissima 2015 (three fair exhibitions and three curatorial—Present Future, Back to the Future, and Per4m, the first stage in an art fair focused on performance art) will be accompanied by a radical reinterpretation of the In Mostra project. Created to bring together outstanding art from the contemporary collections in Piedmont, this year In Mostra will be a true museum exhibition within the fair, constructed around the concept of inclination—in its literary, scientific, philosophical and political sense.

During Artissima 2015, Castello di Rivoli will open a solo exhibition by Rachel Rose, recipient of the illy Present Future Prize 2014. The young American artist has subsequently won a Frieze Award at New York and is due to present a personal show at the Serpentine Gallery in London, further proof of Artissima’s ability to preemptively intercept the best energies on the contemporary scene.

The 2015 edition of Artissima will mark the fourth consecutive year that the direction has been entrusted to Sarah Cosulich Canarutto.

Curatorial committees

Back to the Future
Eva Fabbris, independent curator, Milan
João Fernandes, deputy director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofìa, Madrid
Elena Filipovic, director, Kunsthalle Basel
Beatrix Ruf, director, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Present Future 
Luigi Fassi, visual art curator, steirischer herbst, Graz
Fatima Hellberg, artistic director, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Lara Khaldi, independent curator, Ramallah and Amsterdam
Natalia Sielewicz, art historian and curator, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Fatos Üstek, independent curator and writer, London

Simone Menegoi, independent curator, Milan
Sophie Goltz,artistic director, Stadtkuratorin, Hamburg 
Chris Sharp,independent curator, Mexico City


Sardi Per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize 
Sabine Breitwieser, director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Jens Hoffmann, deputy director, head of exhibitions and public programs, The Jewish Museum, New York
María Inés Rodríguez, director, CAPC, Bordeaux
Lorenzo Paini, Enea Righi Collection, Bologna

illy Present Future Prize 
Daniel Baumann,director,Kunsthalle Zürich
Dieter Roelstraete, curator, Documenta 14, Kassel
Maurizio Morra Greco, collector, Naples

Prix K-Way Per4m 
Marie de Brugerolle, independent curator and writer, Lyon
Silvia Fanti, co-director, Xing, Bologna
Ana Janevski, associate curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, MoMA, New York
Giorgio Fasol, collector, Verona

Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize 
Pierre Bal Blanc, curator, Documenta 14, Kassel
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, critic and curator, São Paulo
Abaseh Mirvali, independent curator, Berlin and Mexico City
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, collector, Turin

Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize

Andrea Busto, director, MEF – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin
Letizia Ragaglia, director, Museion, Bolzano
Alberto Salvadori, director, Museo Marino Marini, Florence
Andrea Viliani, director, MADRE, Naples
Renato Alpegiani, collector, Turin

Reda-Artissima Prize

Florian Ebner, curator and head of the photographic collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Cristiano Raimondi, head of development and international projects, NMNM, Monaco
Francesco Zanot, curator, Camera–Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin
Philip and Rosella Rolla, collectors, Lugano

Artissima is a brand of Regione Piemonte, Provincia 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 the City of Torino to support, manage and enhance the artistic and museum-based heritage of the city. The 22nd 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: GTT, illycaffè, K-Way, Leica, Reda, Ruinart, Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, Promos Scalo Milano
Official carrier: Gondrand
Media partner: La Stampa
In-kind sponsors: Artsy, GL Events Italia–Lingotto Fiere