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 2016 will be held in Torino from 4 to 6 November at the Oval, a glass pavilion built for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in the industrial archaeology complex of the Lingotto.
It is curated by Artissima Srl, a company connected with the Fondazione Torino Musei.
Artissima is divided into different sections overseen by the fair committee:
Main Section, for established galleries on the international contemporary art scene;
Dialogue, reserved to emerging galleries or galleries with an experimental approach applying with either a monographic booth or with works by 2-3 artists in dialogue;
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 specialising 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.
Back to the Future is the section Artissima has devoted to solo exhibitions of the great pioneers of contemporary art. In 2016 the focus will be narrowed to the period of 1970–1989.
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.