ARTISSIMA 2018, Turin's International Fair of Contemporary Art, opens its 25th edition to the public November 2nd to 4th, 2018. Directed by Ilaria Bonacossa for the second year, the fair features 195 galleries from 36 countries.
Artissima will feature eight major sections:
The Main Section, which is dedicated to established contemporary art galleries; 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; the 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 Spaces & Editions, devoted to galleries and no profit spaces presenting editions, prints and multiples by contemporary artists; Present Future, a section curated by Cloé Perrone, Myriam Ben Salah and Juan Canela, which is dedicated to emerging artists presented by the galleries that represent them, along a specially designed itinerary; Back to the Future, a presentation of solo-exhibitions of contemporary art pioneers focused on the 1980–1994 years; Disegni section devoted to the expressive medium of drawing; and Sound, the new section devoted to monographic sound projects in the contemporary art scenario that will take place in a different venue, the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Torino.
For its 25th edition, Artissima presents also some special projects: “Artissima Experimental Academy”, a new educational project developed in collaboration with COMBO, an innovative hospitality concept that will open in Turin, Milan, Bologna, and Venice in 2019. “Artissima Experimental Academy” will live beyond the four days of the Fair, presenting during the year, a series of appointments and meetings for art professionals.
Artissima Stories. 25 years of art, an exclusive format of interviews in blog and video formats, coordinated by Edoardo Bonaspetti and Stefano Cernuschi, with Anna Bergamasco. A programme of 25 stories about Artissima: 5 directors, 5 curators, 5 collectors and 10 gallerists. 25 viewpoints on Artissima and the contemporary art world, released every week at the fair website and social media profiles, from September to November.
In addition, During Artissima 2018 international juries will award seven prizes to participating artists and galleries. The second edition of the Campari Art Prize will be assigned to an artist under 35 selected from those featured in the various sections of the Fair, who focus in their research on the evocative power of storytelling in all its interpretations, and on the communicative dimension of the work. The Refresh Irinox Prize, for the new section Disegni, is awarded to an artist who, through the use of drawing, is able to “reinvent while conserving”. The OGR Award is a prize of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT leading to the acquisition of a work of the new Sound section as part of the foundation’s collection, for the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin. The The EDIT Dinner Prize, new prize consisting in the production and artistic direction of a dinner to be realised at EDIT on the occasion of the 2019 edition of the fair. The illy Present Future Prize assigned to the most significant work in the Present Future section. The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize awarded to the gallery with the most deserving project in terms of historical relevance and booth presentation in the Back to the Future section. And the Ettore e Ines Fico Prize in collaboration with Fondazione Ettore Fico, that promotes the work of emerging artists among all those participating in Artissima.