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Artissima 2018 Celebrates 25 Years of Contemporary Art!

  • Artissima 2018
  • Oval, Artissima 2017
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  • Artissima 2017
  • Artissima 2017
  • Artissima 2017
  • Artissima 2017
October 12, 2018
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

For the biggest Italian fair focusing on contemporary art and experimental practices, the year 2018 will be a milestone.

Indeed, Artissima has been a unique event over the past 25 years, providing a platform for both established and up-and-coming galleries from Italy and abroad, but also to art professionals and lovers, curators, foundations and institutions.

As per usual, the first week of November 2018 is reserved for this remarkable fair which will once again welcome over 50,000 visitors to the OVAL in Torino, together with 189 galleries from 35 countries. Directed by Ilaria Bonacossa for the second year in a row, this year’s theme will be “time”, or better yet, how Time is on our side – relating to both the past and the future of creative explorations.

So what can we expect from Artissima 2018? Aside from a brand new sector and some freshly invented awards, as always there is an abundance for everyone.

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Participating Galleries

Across 20,000 square meters of exhibition space at the OVAL in Turin and divided into 8 sections, Artissima 2018 will present 189 booths dedicated to 40% of Italian and 60% of foreign galleries.

Four of these sections – Main Section, New Entries, Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions – are selected by the fair’s committee, while the other four – Present Future, Back to the Future, Disegni and the aforementioned Sound – are curated by teams of international curators and directors.

The first four sectors will present 136 galleries, of which 94 in the Main Section, 14 in New Entries, 19 in Dialogue and 9 in Art Spaces & Editions

The curated sectors will present the rest, starting with Present Future, now in its 18th year. Curated by Cloé Perrone, Myriam Ben Salah and Juan Canela, it will feature original projects by 18 artists by 19 galleries created specifically for Artissima. One of these artists will receive the illy Present Future Prize, which will include a solo show in the spaces of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.

In Back to the Future, the visitors can rediscover the pioneers of contemporary art. The 9th edition will concentrate on the years between 1980 and 1944, under the guidance of curators Anna Daneri, Cristiano Raimondi, Gabriela Rangel and Pietro Rigolo. Here, we can expect 21 artists presented by 23 galleries. The most interesting projects will receive the Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize.

Focusing on drawing, the Disegni section will show works by 23 artists within 24 galleries, curated by João Mourão and Luís Silva, competing for the Refresh Irinox Prize.


Back to the FutureADNBarcelonaESP
Back to the FutureAir de ParisParisFRA
Back to the FutureAlmeida e DaleSão PauloBRA
Back to the FutureArtesilvaSeregnoITA
Back to the FutureElba BenítezMadridESP
Back to the FutureThomas Bernard - Cortex AthleticoParisFRA
Back to the FutureCanepaneriMilanoITA
Back to the FutureEASTWARDS PROSPECTUSBucharestROU
Back to the FutureEspacio MínimoMadridESP
Back to the FutureEstrany-de la MotaBarcelonaESP
Back to the FutureHäuslerMunichDEU
Back to the FutureHouse of EgornBerlinDEU
Back to the FutureIl ChiostroSaronnoITA
Back to the Future/DisegniIn situ - Fabienne LeclercParisFRA
Back to the FuturePapillonParisFRA
Back to the FuturePM8VigoESP
Back to the FutureSicardi | Ayers | BacinoHoustonUSA
Back to the FutureAntonio VerolinoModenaITA
DisegniAnne-Sarah BénichouParisFRA
DisegniSébastien BertrandGenevaCHE
Disegni/SoundVera CortêsLisbonPRT
DisegniMassimo De CarloMilanoITA
DisegniGarcia GaleriaMadridESP
DisegniHollybush GardensLondonGBR
DisegniIn ArcoTorinoITA
DisegniPeter KilchmannZurichCHE
Disegninächst St. Stephan Rosemarie SchwarzwälderViennaAUT
DisegniPlan BBerlinDEU
DisegniProduzentengalerie HamburgHamburgDEU
DisegniSteve TurnerLos AngelesUSA
DisegniPhilipp von RosenCologneDEU
DisegniWaldenBuenos AiresARG
Present FutureA Gentil CariocaRio de JaneiroBRA
Present FutureMarta CerveraMadridESP
Present FutureCeysson & BénétièreKoerichLUX
Present FutureCINNNAMONRotterdamNLD
Present FutureCrisisLimaPER
Present FutureDastan's BasementTehranIRN
Present FutureDivision of LabourWorcesterGBR
Present FutureErmes-ErmesViennaAUT
Present FutureFruttaRomaITA
Present FutureLuceTorinoITA
Present FutureMLZ ART DEPTriesteITA
Present FuturePACTParisFRA
Present FuturePeres ProjectsBerlinDEU
Present FutureREVOLVERLimaPER
Present FutureRosa SantosValenciaESP
Present FutureVermelhoSão PauloBRA
New Entries50 GOLBORNELondonGBR
New EntriesA plus AVeneziaITA
New EntriesADARomaITA
New EntriesCecilia BrunsonLondonGBR
New EntriesCatinca TabacaruNew YorkUSA
New EntriesCarlye PackerLos AngelesUSA
New EntriesDauwens & BeernaertBrusselsBEL
New EntriesGallleriapiùBolognaITA
New EntriesGlassyardBudapestHUN
New EntriesGilda LaviaRomaITA
New Entriesnarrative projectsLondonGBR
New EntriesProject ArtBeatTbilisiGEO
New EntriesRodríguezPoznańPOL
New EntriesThis Is Not a White CubeLuandaAGO
Dialogue22,48 m2ParisFRA
DialogueFrancesca AntoniniRomaITA
Dialogue/Present FutureBendana | PinelParisFRA
DialogueBWA WarszawaWarsawPOL
DialogueDoris GhettaOrtiseiITA
Dialogue/Present FutureLAVERONICAModicaITA
DialogueLawrie ShabibiDubaiARE
DialogueFlorence LoewyParisFRA
DialogueDaniel MarzonaBerlinDEU
DialogueServandoLa HabanaCUB
DialogueIsabelle Van Den EyndeDubaiARE
Main SectionA-LOUNGE(A-L)SeoulKOR
Main SectionAb/AnbarTehranIRN
Main SectionacbBudapestHUN
Main SectionLuis AdelantadoValenciaESP
Main SectionSabrina AmraniMadridESP
Main SectionRolando AnselmiBerlinDEU
Main SectionAPalazzoBresciaITA
Main SectionArtericambiVeronaITA
Main Section/SoundAlfonso ArtiacoNapoliITA
Main SectionEnrico AstuniBolognaITA
Main SectionPiero AtchugarryPueblo GarzónURY
Main SectionAuralAlicanteESP
Main Section/SoundIsabella BortolozziBerlinDEU
Main SectionThomas BrambillaBergamoITA
Main SectionBravermanTel AvivISR
Main SectionCabinetLondonGBR
Main SectionCardelli & FontanaSarzanaITA
Main SectionGalleria del CembaloRomaITA
Main Section/Back to the FutureChertLüddeBerlinDEU
Main SectionClimaMilanoITA
Main SectioncollicaligreggiCataniaITA
Main SectionAntonio ColomboMilanoITA
Main SectionContinuaSan GimignanoITA
Main Section/DisegniRaffaella CorteseMilanoITA
Main SectionGuido CostaTorinoITA
Main SectionMonica De CardenasMilanoITA
Main Sectionde' FoscherariBolognaITA
Main Section/Present FutureUmberto Di MarinoNapoliITA
Main SectionEx ElettrofonicaRomaITA
Main Section/SoundFrancisco FinoLisbonPRT
Main SectionFLMilanoITA
Main SectionFrittelliFirenzeITA
Main SectionChristophe GaillardParisFRA
Main SectionGandyBratislavaSVK
Main SectionEnrique GuerreroMexico CityMEX
Main SectionKisteremBudapestHUN
Main SectionKOWBerlinDEU
Main SectionLast ResortCopenhagenDNK
Main Section/SoundEmanuel LayrViennaAUT
Main SectionLoevenbruckParisFRA
Main SectionLoomMilanoITA
Main SectionEdouard MalingueHong KongHKG
Main SectionNorma MangioneTorinoITA
Main SectionPrimo MarellaMilanoITA
Main Section/SoundMassimodelucaMestre - VeneziaITA
Main SectionMazzoleniTorinoITA
Main Section/SoundMazzoliBerlinDEU
Main SectionEva MeyerParisFRA
Main SectionFrancesca MininiMilanoITA
Main SectionMassimo MininiBresciaITA
Main SectionVictoria MiroLondonGBR
Main SectionAni MolnárBudapestHUN
Main Section/DisegniMonitorRomaITA
Main SectionFranco NoeroTorinoITA
Main SectionLorcan O'NeillRomaITA
Main SectionOsartMilanoITA
Main SectionOTTOBolognaITA
Main SectionP420BolognaITA
Main Section/SoundAlberta PaneParisFRA
Main SectionFrancesco PantaleonePalermoITA
Main SectionAlberto PeolaTorinoITA
Main SectionGiorgio PersanoTorinoITA
Main SectionPhoto&ContemporaryTorinoITA
Main SectionPi ArtworksLondonGBR
Main Section/SoundPinksummerGenovaITA
Main SectionPodbielski ContemporaryBerlinDEU
Main Section/Back to the FutureGregor PodnarBerlinDEU
Main SectionANCA POTERASUBucharestROU
Main SectionprometeogalleryMilanoITA
Main SectionRepettoLondonGBR
Main SectionAnthony ReynoldsLondonGBR
Main Section/Back to th FutureMichela RizzoVeneziaITA
Main SectionRossi & RossiLondonGBR
Main SectionLia RummaMilanoITA
Main Section/Back to th FutureRichard SaltounLondonGBR
Main SectionFederica SchiavoMilanoITA
Main SectionThomas SchulteBerlinDEU
Main SectionSilverlensMakati City, Metro ManilaPHL
Main SectionSMACCape TownZAF
Main SectionSpazioAPistoiaITA
Main SectionSprovieriLondonGBR
Main SectionSteinekWienAUT
Main SectionStudio SalesRomaITA
Main SectionTaik PersonsBerlinDEU
Main SectionTegaMilanoITA
Main SectionThe Gallery ApartRomaITA
Main Section/DisegniTucci RussoTorre PelliceITA
Main SectionUnimediamodernGenovaITA
Main SectionVEDAFirenzeITA
Main Section/Back to the FutureViasaternaMilanoITA
Main SectionVistamare / VistamarestudioPescaraITA
Main SectionHubert WinterViennaAUT
Main Section/SoundJocelyn WolffParisFRA
Main SectionZAK | BRANICKABerlinDEU
Art Spaces & EditionsArthub AsiaHong KongHKG
Art Spaces & EditionsÁngeles BañosBadajozESP
Art Spaces & EditionsCastello di RivoliRivoliITA
Art Spaces & EditionsElisabetta Cipriani - Wearable ArtLondonGBR
Art Spaces & EditionsColophonarteBellunoITA
Art Spaces & EditionsEditaliaRomaITA
Art Spaces & EditionsLittle NemoTorinoITA
Art Spaces & EditionsReading RoomMilanoITA
Art Spaces & EditionsUQ EditionsRio de JaneiroBRA
SoundEllen de BruijneAmsterdamNLD
SoundRaffaella De ChiricoTorinoITA
SoundStudio DabbeniLuganoCHE
SoundUnique MultiplesMadridESP

The Novelties

The 25th edition of Artissima will introduce Sound as perhaps the most exciting novelty of the year. It will be set up outside of the institutional spaces of the fair – at the OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni) and will present 15 individual sound art projects selected by curators Yann Chateigné Tytelman and Nicola Ricciardi.

Art Spaces & Editions, formerly Art Editions & Multiples, is a section created in 2012 that hosts galleries specializing in artists’ editions and multiples. In 2018, it will also include non-profit projects.

Alessandro Pasotti, co-founder of Galleria P420 from Bologna, is joining the team of international gallerists that select the participants in the Main Section, Dialogue, Art Spaces & Edition and New Entries this year. The latter section will also rely on the consulting of Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, curator of the International Biennale for Young Art 2018 in Moscow.

Another fresh project is the Artissima Experimental Academy, an educational initiative created in collaboration with COMBO. Extending beyond Artissima itself, it will feature a series of encounters and events for art professionals, starting with the DAF struttura project, curated by Zasha Colah in collaboration with Jan St. Werner, to be held during the fair.

Finally, a new award has been added to the six existing ones at the fair – the EDIT Dinner Prize is based on collaboration between Artissima and EDIT, the innovative food center in Torino focusing on the relationship between food and art. The fair will also introduce the New Entries Fair Fund powered by Professional Trust Company, which will support candidate galleries in the New Entries section with a grand to finance their participation.

James Richards - Abyss Film, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, 2016-2017
James Richards – Abyss Film, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, 2016-2017. Installation view. Courtesy Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin

Artissima 2018 – Practical Information

Artissima will be held between November 2nd and 4th, 2018 at the OVAL Lingotto Fiere in Turin, Italy. The Press preview and Collectors’ preview are scheduled for November 1st from 11 am to 8 pm, with the Vernissage by invitation from 5 pm to 8 pm (by invitation). Fair hours will be 12 pm – 8 pm.

Ticket prices range from 13€ for the reduced ticket (children aged 12-18, seniors over 65, university students, soldiers in uniform) to 18€ for the full price and €36 for the three-day pass.

For more information, please visit the official website and follow Widewalls’ designated page!

Location of Artissima 2018 – OVAL Lingotto Fiere Turin

Left Petrit Halilaj - Abetare, 2017 Right Karla Black - Never Statistically Known, 2014
Left: Petrit Halilaj – Abetare, 2017. Steel sculptures, dimension variable. Courtesy The Artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin, Photo: Renato Ghiazza, Merz Foundation / Right: Karla Black – Never Statistically Known, 2014. Sugar paper, chalk, polystyrene, wood, face paint, 130 x 50 x 40 cm. Courtesy The artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Diego Perrone - Senza Titolo, 2016
Diego Perrone – Senza Titolo, 2016. Ballpoint pen on paper, 101.2 x 141.2 cm. Courtesy Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong, Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi
Barbara Hammer - Multiple Orgasm, 1976
Barbara Hammer – Multiple Orgasm, 1976. Transferred 16mm fim, color, sound. Courtesy the artist and KOW, Berlin
Vanessa Beecroft - vb84.044.nt, 2017-2018
Vanessa Beecroft – vb84.044.nt, 2017-2018. C-print, 177,8 x 237,2 cm. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma, Photo: Vanessa Beecroft
Margaret Harrison - Anonymous Was a Woman, 1977 1992
Margaret Harrison – Anonymous Was a Woman, 1977/1992. Courtesy of the artist and ADN Galeria, Photo: ©Elssie Ansareo Exposición de AZ Zentroa Bilbao
Jorge Macchi - Cover 06, 2013
Jorge Macchi – Cover 06, 2013. Oil on canvas, 195 x 350 cm. Courtesy GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana

Featured images: Oval, Artissima 2017, Photos: Perottino – Alfero – Bottallo – Formica. All images courtesy Artissima.