With the 2016's edition of the art fair approaching, Aujourd'hui has selected a guide of what to see during Artissima in Turin: 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.
- 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.
At the fair:
- Walkie Talkies: Itinerant and informal conversations around the booths led by exceptional guides: pairs of curators and collectors in dialogue accompany the public around the fair offering their point of view on galleries, artworks and artists.
- What is Experimental: a series of talks curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol featuring curators of international non-profit or institutional spaces in debate on this topic.
- Book Corner: Book and catalogue presentations by institutions, galleries and publishers, with the participation of artists, museum directors, curators, critics and experts.
Outside the fair:
- DAMA Project: Inspired on Le città invisibili (Invisible cities), a novel written by Italo Calvino and published in 1972, the aim of this project is to repopulate the center of the old city, giving back to the ancient places in Turin, a certain intimacy by installing a show where artworks can be presented by galleries. Arranged within a warm atmosphere, the purpose of the project is to get rid of the sterile white cubes, which characterize the ordinary galleries, museums and art fairs, offering a more intimate relationship with the venue, simulating, therefore, collectors’ private apartments. ( www.d-a-m-a.com )
- Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Current exhibitions include Ed Atkins, Josh Kline "Unemployment" and Harun Farocki "Parallel I-IV" (Special Hours during Artissima: 3 November, 12-11pm / 4 and 6 November, 10am-7pm/5 November, 10am-10pm) ( www.fsrr.org )
Artissima is open to the public from 4 to 6 November 2016, from 12 to 8 pm.
The preview and vernissage will be held on 3 November (invitation only).
To purchase tickets or for more information about Artissima please visit the website at www.artissima.it