Call for applications

Artissima, Turin / Italy

November 6–8, 2020
March 10, 2020
Application deadline: May 10
Preview: November 5


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A central event for national and international professionals and art lovers, Artissima attracts 55,000 visitors, including 5,500 contemporary art collectors, more than 400 international curators and museum directors, several groups of patrons of prestigious museums worldwide and 1,500 accredited journalists.

The 27th edition of the fair will take place from November 5 (preview) to November 8, 2020 in Turin and will showcase experimental young talents alongside outstanding galleries and internationally recognized artists that have shaped the history of contemporary art.

Director Ilaria Bonacossa has nominated a new team of international curators to develop the different sections of the fair and a series of specific projects, talks and lectures that reconfirm Artissima’s experimental and curatorial nature. 

In 2020, Artissima will explore the concept of FRENETIC STANDSTILL, examining its repercussions on the world of contemporary art. The theme of acceleration as opposed to inertia, and therefore of a necessary change of our paradigms, ignites the most recent debates. The true response to the crisis of our complex times is a profound and thorough form of evolution which might be conveyed precisely by art, which has always acted as a catalyst of the most innovative visions.

The seven sections:

Main Section
Brings together outstanding galleries from the international art world: established names offer collectors and art lovers an event of the highest quality.

Reserved to emerging galleries or galleries with an experimental approach applying with either a monographic booth or with a dialogue of works by 2 artists.

New Entries
Presents the most interesting emerging galleries from the international art scene, that have been open less than 5 years and taking part in Artissima for the first time.
*presented by Valerio Del Baglivo

Art Spaces & Editions
A special section of Artissima exclusively devoted to galleries and non-profit spaces presenting editions, prints and multiples by contemporary artists.

The section of Artissima that presents monographic booths dedicated to the most contemporary experimentations with the practice of drawing, originally associated with paper and then radically evolved.
*curated by Letizia Ragaglia, Bettina Steinbrügge

Back to the Future
Presents museum quality monographic booths by artists whose work plays an important role in the history of art and deserves renewed attention. The section - also open to Artists’ Estates - displays works realised between 1960 and 1999.
*curated by Lorenzo Giusti, Mouna Mekouar

Present Future
Reserved to emerging talents, less than 40 years old. The artists will be selected on the basis of new site-specific projects which will be presented by their galleries or respective research spaces.
*curated by Ilaria Gianni, Fernanda Brenner

For more information and to apply to Artissima, please visit our websiteDeadline for applications is May 10.

Selection Committee Main Section, Dialogue/Monologue, New Entries and Art Spaces & Editions:
– Claudia Altman-Siegel, Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
– Isabella Bortolozzi, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin
– Paola Capata, Monitor Gallery, Rome, Lisbon
– Raffaella Cortese, Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan
– Nikolaus Oberhuber, KOW Gallery, Berlin
– Maureen Paley, Maureen Paley Gallery, London
– Alessandro Pasotti, P420 Gallery, Bologna
– Gregor Podnar, Gregor Podnar Gallery, Berlin

For more information on the event or application procedures:
Giuditta Zaniboni–International Exhibitors Manager, giuditta.zaniboni [​at​]
Laura Pongiluppi–Italy Exhibitors Manager, laura.pongiluppi [​at​]

The Artissima team looks forward to welcoming you in Turin in November!

The organisation of Artissima is overseen by Artissima srl, a company affiliated with Fondazione Torino Musei. The Artissima trademark belongs to Regione Piemonte, Città Metropolitana di Torino and Città di Torino. The 27th edition of Artissima takes place with the support of the three brand-owning authorities, jointly with Fondazione CRT, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, Compagnia di San Paolo and Camera di commercio di Torino.

Main Partner: UniCredit