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Feel the Impulses of Desire at Artissima 2019

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September 25, 2019
Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

A total of 208 galleries from 43 countries, divided into 7 sections across 20,000 square meters of exhibition space, ready to welcome more than 55,000 visitors.

These are just some of the numbers which will mark the upcoming 26th edition of Artissima, to take place once more at the OVAL. Italy’s premier contemporary art fair returns with an exciting roster of participants, an accompanying program, and a series of collaborative cultural projects that will definitely make our three-day-stay in the beautiful city of Torino very worthwhile.

Directed by Ilaria Bonacossa for the third year in a row, Artissima 2019 will focus on the duality of desire/censorship as its theme, its objective being ”to stimulate timely and varied reflections on the power of the image.”

In history, works of art have conveyed images capable of emancipating us from things conventionally seen as taboo, thanks to the desire to break rules, to dissolve the boundaries between normal and exceptional. The borderline between permitted and prohibited content is at the centre of a very timely debate in which art itself is the object of censorship. In the digital world and the main social networks preventive, often algorithmic control increasingly hampers the spread and promotion of our artistic-cultural heritage.

So what’s not to miss at Artissima 2019?

Artissima 2019 Teaser

Participating Galleries

Artissima may be an Italian fair, but its reach is a worldwide one. Proving this are the seven sections dedicated to exhibitors in 2019, four of which are selected by the fair’s committee, and three that are curated by teams of international curators.

The Main Section is as always the biggest one, with 97 globally renowned galleries, among them Alfonso Artiaco from Naples, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, Urs Meile from Lucerne and Beijing, Richard Saltoun from London, Lia Rumma from Milan, and Jocelyn Wolff from Paris. New Entries will welcome emerging international players, and out of 20 participants this year, 15 come from outside of Italy. While Dialogue will feature projects in which works of two artists chosen by 30 galleries are juxtaposed, at Art Spaces & Editions one can find artists’ editions and multiples from 8 exhibitors.

The 19th edition of Present Future, one of the curated sections of Artissima, 22 galleries will present works by 20 artists, created especially for the fair or debuting in Europe/Italy. One of these creatives will also receive the illy Present Future Prize and have a solo show at the Castello di Rivoli Museum in 2020. Rediscovering the pioneers of contemporary art is Back to the Future, which in 2019 celebrates its 10th iteration. For the occasion, the selection will feature museum-quality artworks created between the 1960s and the 1990s by 19 artists from 19 art spaces. One of them will receive the Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize. A younger sector of Disegni returns for the third time to celebrate contemporary drawing in all its glory, this year showcasing works of 21 artists by 21 galleries, while also offering the Refresh Irinox Prize.

Exhibiting Galleries

Back to the Future1301PELos AngelesUSA
Back to the FutureacbBudapestHUN
Back to the FutureAlmeida e DaleSão PauloBRA
Back to the FutureTiziana Di CaroNapoliITA
Back to the FutureEspacio MinimoMadridESP
Back to the FutureChristophe GaillardParisFRA
Back to the FutureGandyBratislavaSVK
Back to the Futuregb agencyParisFRA
Back to the FutureHäuslerMunichDEU
Back to the FutureIn Situ - Fabienne LeclercParisFRA
Back to the FuturePeter KilchmannZurichCHE
Back to the FutureKOWBerlinDEU
Back to the FutureFlorence LoewyParisFRA
Back to the FuturePinksummerGenovaITA
Back to the FutureRodeoLondonGBR
Back to the FutureSokyoKyotoJPN
Back to the FutureChristian SteinMilanoITA
Back to the FutureUpstreamAmsterdamNLD
Back to the FutureWaldenBuenos AiresARG
DisegniLuis AdelantadoValenciaESP
DisegniSabrina AmraniMadridESP
DisegniPedro CeraLisbonPRT
DisegniMaurizio CorrainiMantovaITA
DisegniDep ArtMilanoITA
DisegniUmberto Di MarinoNapoliITA
DisegniRenata FabbriMilanoITA
DisegniIn ArcoTorinoITA
DisegniLumen TravoAmsterdamNLD
DisegniNorma MangioneTorinoITA
DisegniGiò MarconiMilanoITA
Disegninächst St. Stephan Rosemarie SchwarzwälderViennaAUT
DisegniNogueras BlanchardBarcelonaESP
DisegniPlan BBerlinDEU
DisegniBarbara ThummBerlinDEU
Present FutureA Gentil CariocaRio de JaneiroBRA
Present FutureADNBarcelonaESP
Present FutureBosse & BaumLondonGBR
Present FutureMassimo De CarloMilanoITA
Present FutureCopperfieldLondonGBR
Present FutureDürst Britt & MayhewThe HagueNLD
Present FutureGallleriapiùBolognaITA
Present FutureGREY NOISEDubaiARE
Present FutureHouse of EgornBerlinDEU
Present FutureL21Palma de MallorcaESP
Present FutureEmanuel LayrViennaAUT
Present FutureLMNOBrusselsBEL
Present FutureAna MasBarcelonaESP
Present FutureANCA POTERASUBucharestROU
Present FutureProxycoNew YorkUSA
Present FutureJuan SilióSantanderESP
Present FutureTiro Al BlancoGuadalajaraMEX
New EntriesBalconyLisbonPRT
New EntriesBallon Rouge CollectiveBrusselsBEL
New EntriesBombonBarcelonaESP
New EntriesCapsule ShangaiShanghaiCHN
New EntriesCastiglioniMilanoITA
New EntriesDamien & The Love GuruBrusselsBEL
New EntriesDivision of LabourWorcesterGBR
New Entries/Present FutureEmalinLondonGBR
New EntriesFanta-MLNMilanoITA
New EntriesIssuesStockholmSWE
New EntriesMarfa'BeirutLBN
New EntriesMatèriaRomaITA
New EntriesMLZ ART DEPTriesteITA
New EntriesNOMEBerlinDEU
New EntriesNovembarBelgradeSRB
New EntriesÖktem AykutİstanbulTUR
New EntriesLily RobertParisFRA
New EntriesUNAPiacenzaITA
New EntriesVin VinViennaAUT
DialogueA plus AVeneziaITA
DialogueThomas Bernard - Cortex AthleticoParisFRA
DialogueSébastien BertrandGenevaCHE
DialogueBWA WarszawaWarsawPOL
DialogueCampoli PrestiLondonGBR
DialogueEt al.San FranciscoUSA
DialogueFederico Luger (FL Gallery)MilanoITA
DialogueDaniel MarzonaBerlinDEU
DialogueNight GalleryLos AngelesUSA
DialogueFrancesco PantaleonePalermoITA
DialogueWaldburger WoutersBrusselsBEL
Main SectionA+BBresciaITA
Main SectionAb-AnbarTehranIRN
Main SectionADARomaITA
Main SectionAltman SiegelSan FranciscoUSA
Main SectionRolando AnselmiBerlinDEU
Main SectionFrancesca AntoniniRomaITA
Main Section/Present FutureApalazzoBresciaITA
Main SectionArtericambiVeronaITA
Main SectionAlfonso ArtiacoNapoliITA
Main SectionEnrico AstuniBolognaITA
Main SectionPiero AtchugarryMiamiUSA
Main SectionAthrJeddahSAU
Main SectionAuralAlicanteESP
Main SectionBendana | PinelParisFRA
Main SectionIsabella BortolozziBerlinDEU
Main SectionThomas BrambillaBergamoITA
Main SectionBravermanTel AvivISR
Main SectionGavin Brown's enterpriseNew YorkUSA
Main SectionCardelli & FontanaSarzanaITA
Main SectionChertLüddeBerlinDEU
Main SectionSadie ColesLondonGBR
Main SectionContinuaSan GimignanoITA
Main Section/DisegniRaffaella CorteseMilanoITA
Main SectionGuido CostaTorinoITA
Main SectionCroneViennaAUT
Main SectionDastan's BasementTehranIRN
Main SectionDauwens & BeernaertBrusselsBEL
Main SectionMonica De CardenasMilanoITA
Main Sectionde' FoscherariBolognaITA
Main SectionDvirTel AvivISR
Main SectionEx ElettrofonicaRomaITA
Main Section/DisegniFrancisco FinoLisbonPRT
Main SectionFrittelliFirenzeITA
Main SectionAnnet GelinkAmsterdamNLD
Main SectionGentiliFirenzeITA
Main SectionGeorg KarglViennaAUT
Main SectionKisteremBudapestHUN
Main SectionKraupa-Tuskany ZeidlerBerlinDEU
Main SectionGilda LaviaRomaITA
Main SectionLoomMilanoITA
Main SectionMadragoaLisbonPRT
Main Section/Present FutureMagazzinoRomaITA
Main Section/Present FuturePrimo MarellaMilanoITA
Main SectionMassimodelucaMestre - VeneziaITA
Main SectionMazzoleniTorinoITA
Main SectionMazzoliBerlinDEU
Main SectionUrs MeileLucerneCHE
Main SectionMeno ParkasKaunasLTU
Main SectionMind Set Art CenterTaipeiCHN
Main SectionFrancesca MininiMilanoITA
Main SectionMassimo MininiBresciaITA
Main SectionMONITORRomaITA
Main SectionFranco NoeroTorinoITA
Main SectionNoireTorinoITA
Main SectionLorcan O'NeillRomaITA
Main SectionOsartMilanoITA
Main SectionOTTOBolognaITA
Main SectionP420BolognaITA
Main SectionAlberta PaneParisFRA
Main SectionAlberto PeolaTorinoITA
Main SectionRafael Pérez HernandoMadridESP
Main SectionGiorgio PersanoTorinoITA
Main SectionPhoto&ContemporaryTorinoITA
Main SectionPi ArtworksLondonGBR
Main SectionPodbielski ContemporaryMilanoITA
Main SectionGregor PodnarBerlinDEU
Main SectionprometeogalleryMilanoITA
Main SectionRepettoLondonGBR
Main SectionMichela RizzoVeneziaITA
Main SectionRodríguezPoznańPOL
Main SectionRossi & RossiLondonGBR
Main SectionLia RummaMilanoITA
Main SectionStudio SalesRomaITA
Main SectionRichard SaltounLondonGBR
Main SectionRosa SantosValenciaESP
Main SectionThomas SchulteBerlinDEU
Main SectionSfeir-SemlerBeirutLBN
Main SectionSide 2TokyoJPN
Main SectionSMACCape TownZAF
Main SectionSommerTel AvivISR
Main SectionSpazioAPistoiaITA
Main SectionSprovieriLondonGBR
Main SectionJiri SvestkaiPragueCZE
Main SectionCatinca TabacaruNew YorkUSA
Main SectionTaik PersonsBerlinDEU
Main SectionThe Gallery ApartRomaITA
Main Section/DisegniTucci RussoTorre PelliceITA
Main SectionIsabelle Van Den EyndeDubaiARE
Main SectionViasaternaMilanoITA
Main Section/Present FutureVistamare/VistamarestudioPescaraITA
Main SectionHubert WinterViennaAUT
Main SectionJocelyn WolffParisFRA
Main Sectionz2o Sara ZaninRomaITA
Main SectionZilbermanIstanbulTUR
Art Spaces & EditionsCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte ContemporaneaRivoliITA
Art Spaces & EditionsColophonarteBellunoITA
Art Spaces & EditionsL'Arengario S.B.GussagoITA
Art Spaces & EditionsMartincighUdineITA
Art Spaces & EditionsDanilo MontanariRavennaITA
Art Spaces & EditionsSantolarosaOsloNOR
Art Spaces & EditionsTreccani ArteRomaITA

What Not To Miss, At The Fair and Beyond

The aforementioned 10th anniversary of Back to the Future is certainly one of the 2019 highlights, as it will show the research conducted to evaluate the success of artists in the years following their participation in this section.

Another gem of the 26th edition is Hub Middle East, a new project created in collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei. Choosing the Middle East as a geographical area in focus, it will give an overview of its art scene, bringing foundations, museums and galleries representatives, alongside collectors, critics, curators and artists to Torino, and giving them a talks platform to present the latest developments.

At the fair itself, the visitors can also visit the UniCredit Art Advisory booth, which offers a free independent consulting service to all those interested in art and collecting. Guided tours will be available through the Walkie Talkies initiative, while conversations, debates and presentations of projects, research and events will be held at the Meeting Point. Don’t miss out on a selection of art books and publications either!

Within the #ArtissimaStories and #ArtissimaPills programs, we can find interviews with individuals and news from the world of art respectively, published on the fair’s website and social media.

Beyond the fair, in the city of Torino, there is an interesting exhibition taking place within Jana, the historic boutique. In response to the theme of Artissima 2019, Abstract Sex: We don’t have any clothes, only equipment will use videos, photographs, works on canvas and paper, as well as objects and sculptures, to convey the importance of desire and challenge its traditional representations.

In the words of curators Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti and Guido Costa:

Due to the pervasive spread of the new technologies, a concept of the body has emerged where it is dilated and has unstable boundaries, in which the simulation of real experience increasingly supplants action in reality, with ambivalent political consequences. For example, while on the one hand cybersex has finally liberated female pleasure from reproductive functions, on the other it has led to the triumph of an economy of immaterial pleasure of a patriarchal order. What type of strategies and allies exist in the reappropriation of desire, emancipating it from the dichotomies and values imposed by the techno-patriarchy?

Last but not least, with Artissima Telephone, the fair will continue its explorations into sound art which began last year. Taking place at OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazion, the exhibition will survey the use of the telephone as an artistic medium.

Location of Artissima 2018 – OVAL Lingotto Fiere Turin

Artissima 2019 Turin – Practical Information

The 26th Artissima will take place from November 1 through 3, 2019 at the Oval in Torino, Italy. The Collectors’ preview is scheduled for October 31 starting at noon, while the Vernissage (by invitation) will be held from 5.30 to 9 pm.

Fair opening hours will be 12 to 8 pm on November 1 and 2, and 11 am to 7 pm on closing day. Ticket prices range from 18€ for the full price, to 13€ for the reduced ticket (children aged 12-18, elderly over 65, university students, soldiers in uniform), while the three-day pass is 36€. Entry is free for visitors with a disability and their companions/carers.

During the Artissima weekend, you can also find Widewalls as part of the #ArtissimaLive project!

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

JANEZ, JANEZ, JANEZ JANšA, JANšA, JANšA - All About You, 2016
JANEZ, JANEZ, JANEZ JANšA, JANšA, JANšA – All About You, 2016. 300 customized credit cards, 110×390 cm. Courtesy Janez Janša
Left Vanessa Beecroft - VB52.002.NT, 2003 Right Ugo Mulas - Lucio Fontana, Milano, 1964
Left: Vanessa Beecroft – VB52.002.NT, 2003. Digital c-print, 163,4×127 cm. Edition of 3. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma Milano – Napoli / Right: Ugo Mulas – Lucio Fontana, Milano, 1964. Modern Print. Gelatin silver print on baritated paper on board, 80x70x4 cm. Edition of 8. Courtesy Galleria Lia Rumma Milano – Napoli
Barbara Hammer - Multiple Orgasm, 1976
Barbara Hammer – Multiple Orgasm, 1976. Transferred 16mm fim, color, sound. Courtesy the artist’s estate and KOW, Berlin
Left Petrit Halilaj - Several birds fly away when they understand it, 2013 Right Marija Avramović - I am full of love and wonder, 2018
Left: Petrit Halilaj – Several birds fly away when they understand it, 2013. Risograph printing and drawing on paper, drawing, 30×20 cm. Courtesy The Artist and ChertLüdde, Berlin. Photo: Trevor Lloyd / Right: Marija Avramović – I am full of love and wonder, 2018. Mixed media on canvas, 70×60 cm. Courtesy Galerija Novembar
Alighiero Boetti - A tutto tondo mettere al mondo, 1977
Alighiero Boetti – A tutto tondo mettere al mondo, 1977. Mixed media on canvas paper, 162x200x3 cm. Courtesy courtesy Dep Art Gallery, Milano. Photo: Bruno Bani, Milano

Featured images: Artissima Fair 2018. Photos by Perottino – Piva – Bottallo / Artissima. All images courtesy Artissima.