10 Artissima Booths You Must Go See
As many as 207 galleries from 31 countries found their special place within the beautiful venue that is the Oval, built for the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin. The occasion? Artissima, one of Europe’s biggest art fairs, coming back this year for its 22nd edition. With the richest and most extensive program to date, the fair continues its dedicated journey under the guidance of Sarah Cosulich, who is curating Artissima for the fourth time this year. Divided into two sections, the exhibitors will look to present the very best among the emerging and established contemporary artists and artworks. A total of 133 most prominent international galleries will present in the Main Section, while 24 of the most interesting young spaces will gather at the New Entries section. For you, we have hand-picked the very best of them, together with our colleagues over at ATP Diary.
Here are the 10 Artissima booths definitely worth seeing in Turin !
Based in Berlin, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi is bringing eleven of its represented artists to Artissima, among them Oscar Murillo, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff and Richard Rezac, who just had a solo show at the space in Berlin. The gallery was founded in 2004, and aims to showcase the hottest young talent in the city of Berlin, as well as the more prominent ones. Its director Isabella Bortolozzi is also part of the Artissima committees for the Main Section, New Entries and Art Editions.
Featured image: Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff – Times, Berlin, Spring, 2013. Archival digital print in artist-made, 44.2 x 40 cm; Framed 67.5 x 63 cm. Courtesy the artists and Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Bugada&Cargnel was founded by Claudia Cargnel and Frédéric Bugada back in 2002, and has since become one of the most significant galleries in Paris. With an impressive showcase of French and international names, the gallery is located in an old industrial building, which gives their exhibitions a special kind of flare. For Artissima, Bugada & Cargnel will present six artists, including Alfredo Aceto, Graham Collins and Claire Tabouret.
Featured image: Claire Tabouret – Les Débutantes, 2014. Exhibition view. Courtesy Bugada & Cargnel, Paris. Photo by Martin Argyroglo
Coming from Zurich, Switzerland is Galerie Peter Kilchmann, which will present the works by seven talents, such as Raffi Kalenderian (soon on view at their space), Teresa Margolles, Tobias Kaspar. It is located in Zurich’s art hub Kreis 5, where it managed to establish its position on the local and international art scene since its foundation in 1992. The gallery also participated at this year’s Frieze in London and will join Art Basel in Miami Beach in December.
Featured image: Zilla Leutenegger – Sunset Neighborhood, 2009. Video installation with 1 object, 1 projection, color, no sound, loop. 100 x 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy The artist and Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich
A regular at art fairs worldwide, Galerie Antoine Levi will once again show at Artissima in Turin, this year through the artworks of four carefully selected names, like Francesco Gennari and Sean Townley. This Paris-based art space has moved from New Entries to the Main section, which is proof enough of their mature and versatile content. They have already confirmed their presence at ARCO Madrid in 2016 and we’re confident they will return to next year’s edition of Artissima as well.
Featured image: Francesco Gennari – Vorrei essere me stesso, ma solo alla luce del Sole, 2014. Alessandrite Murano glass, sunlight, neon light, halogen light, etc. 33 x 20 x 14.5 cm. Courtesy Andrea MiramART, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy
A local gem, Galleria Franco Noero comes from Turin itself, bringing along an impressive line-up which includes names like Robert Mapplethorpe, Andrew Dadson, Darren Bader, Tom Burr, Pablo Bronstein and twenty more. The galleria also participated at the 2015 Art Basel in Basel, Art Dubai, FIAC in Paris, as well as Frieze Masters in London. It has been active since 1999, now residing in a 600 square meter exhibition space of an old industrial building in the northern part of Turin.
Featured image: Darren Bader. 31,3 x 36,5 x 8,3 cm. Photo by Sebastiano Pellion di Persano. Courtesy the artist and Galleria Franco Noero, Torino
Between Milan and Naples, Lia Rumma always provides an extensive exhibition program throughout the year, showcasing big names. Many of them will also be presented at Artissima, and here we are talking Marina Abramovic, Vanessa Beecroft, Anselm Kiefer, Ugo Mulas, Thomas Ruff and five more. Through some of these artists, the gallery was also a part of the 2015 Venice Biennale, with their Codice Italia project including Marzia Migliora and William Kentridge.
Featured image: Marzia Migliora – Stilleven/Natura in posa, 2015. Mixed media, site specific installation. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma, Milano, Napoli. Photo by Fulvio Ambrosio
Joining in from New York City is the Feuer/Mesler gallery, along with artists David Adamo, Ian Tweedy and Elaine Reichek. This interesting space came to be only this year, as a result of a merger of two existing galleries – Zach Feuer, a Chelsea gallery, and Untitled of the Lower East Side, owned by Joel Mesler. The new venue, conveniently called Feuer/Mesler, now shares programming, artists and resources, and is looking to thrive in their new neighbourhood.
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Featured image: Ian Tweedy – Found Fragments From a Former Junkers 87, 2014. Oil over acrylic on canvas stretched over panel, 213.4 X 153cm. Courtesy Feuer/Mesler, New York
Another NYC guest, Hester gallery is also presenting a trio, with Morgan Canavan, K.r.m. Mooney and Erin Jane Nelson. A very young gallery, with their first exhibition held in January 2015 and six more since then, Hester aims to become one of New York’s trustworthy art locations. We believe this is their first ever art fair appearance and we’re looking forward to seeing their selection of young talents.
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Featured image: Erin Jane Nelson – Germination Unit, 2015. Inkjet on cotton, garden liner, nylon ribbon, toner print on paper, bay leaves, teas, whole spices,106 x 83 cm. Courtesy the artist and Hester, New York
An Italian representative in the New Entry Section is Rome’s Operativa Arte Contemporanea, a versatile space which will bring a single artist, Matteo Nasini. Founded in 2013, this gallery focuses on the work of young, international creatives, under the guidance of Carlo Pratis. It is located at the very heart of the Eternal City, and it is also known for their many special projects in forms of installations, magazines and more. Operativa also offers limited edition prints.
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Featured image: Matteo Nasini – Gnuuu, 2015. Glazed clay, 77 x 32 x 24 cm. Courtesy Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Roma
With the works of Elvira Bonduelle, who is also currently in a show at their space, Galerie Laurent Mueller from Paris will demonstrate their dedication toward the promotion of young talents in France and abroad. The gallery also organises artists exchange and residencies, which they later crown with a solo show. With a small, but curated selection of artists, Laurent Mueller also participated at this year’s FIAC, with their artist’s sculptures presented at Jardin des Tuileries.
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Featured image: Elvire Bonduelle – Curtain n° 18 and Hard Edge Curtain n° 11 A, 2015, Acrylic on linen, 46 x 38 cm each. Photograph Cyrille Robin, courtesy the artist and Galerie Laurent Mueller