Notes on New Developments for Artissima 2018

A NEW SECTION – SOUND – AND NEWS ABOUT ART EDITIONS  

Sound is the new section on contemporary sonic research. An integral part of the fair, Sound will be set up outside the institutional spaces of Artissima, at the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Torino, to present 16 individual projects focusing on sound selected by an international duo of curators: Yann Chateigné Tytelman, curator and art critic in Berlin, associate professor of art history and theory at HEAD Geneva, and Nicola Ricciardi, artistic director of OGR, Torino.  

Art Editions & Multiples, the section created in 2012 that hosts galleries specializing in artists’ editions and multiples, expands in 2018 to include non-profit projects and becomes Art Spaces & Editions.  

 

   

A NEW MEMBER OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE AND YOUNG INTERNATIONAL CURATORS FOR THE CURATED SECTIONS  

The selection committee of the fair welcomes a new member, Alessandro Pasotti, co-founder of Galleria P420 (Bologna), joining the team of international gallerists that select the galleries of the Main Section, Dialogue, Art Spaces & Editions and New Entries. The latter section, focusing on emerging international galleries, can rely for the first time on the consulting of Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, curator of the International Biennale for Young Art 2018 of Moscow. Personalities of international stature are involved in the committees for the curated sections Back to the Future, Present Future and Disegni, coordinated for the second consecutive year respectively by Anna Daneri, Cloé Perrone and Luís Silva and João Mourão, directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon in Lisbon.  

 

   

SPECIAL PROJECTS  

Artissima Experimental Academy is a new educational project in collaboration with COMBO, an innovative hospitality concept, extending beyond the four days of the fair and featuring a series of encounters and events for art professionals.  

The first appointment of the “Artissima Experimental Academy” happens during the fair with the project DAF Struttura curated by Zasha Colah, an independent curator and co-founder of Clark House Initiative, Mumbai, in collaboration with Jan St. Werner, founder of the music group Mouse on Mars and visiting professor at the ACT Department of Arts Culture and Technology of MIT.  

Artissima Junior, conceived and realised in collaboration with Juventus, involves young visitors in an immersive artistic experience of participation. Artissima Junior is organised as a workshop space inside the Oval, where hundreds of children, together with the South American artist Alek O., are invited to make a large environmental installation.  

Alfabeto Treccani is the new project of Artissima in collaboration with Treccani: an encyclopedic narrative of Italian contemporary art in images, through a series of art multiples created specifically by Italian artists from different generations.  

Carol Rama_100 years of seductions is an exhibition project in collaboration with Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte celebrating 100 years from the birth of Carol Rama, that illustrates the eclectic personality of an artist who has left her mark on Italian contemporary art.  

Disegnare l’invisibile is an educational project in collaboration with Moleskine. Itinerant and performative drawing lessons led by the artist Marzia Migliora to involve art lovers students in a new experience, poised between creation and contemplation of contemporary art.

NEW DIGITAL DEVELOPMENTS AND THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION  

The digital platform of Artissima, implemented in 2017 to provide moments of in-depth coverage and to offer a virtual experience of the fair 365 days a year, has now optimised its processes, improving the online areas set aside for exhibitors and collectors, for the second year with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo.  

Within this project and in order to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the fair lauched Artissima Stories. 25 Years of Art, an exclusive programme of interviews in blog and video formats, coordinated by Edoardo Bonaspetti and Stefano Cernuschi: 25 stories about Artissima, 25 viewpoints on the leading contemporary art fair in Italy and its transformations, on Torino and on contemporary art.  

#ArtissimaLive, the live editorial team composed of online magazines, bloggers and websites hosted at the OVAL, explores the theme of time seen as a “live” narrative of the present, while the #ArtissimaRewind palimpsest takes over a physical space at the fair to narrate the past through exploration of the contents of previous editions of the event. The graphic design for 2018, Hall of Fame, by the Torino-based studio FIONDA directed by Roberto Maria Clemente, offers an unusual, fresh reinterpretation of the iconographic repertoire of Artissima.  


A NEW AWARD  

THE EDIT Dinner Prize, has been added to the six prizes assigned at the fair. Based on collaboration between Artissima and EDIT, the innovative food centre in Torino, the initiative focuses on the age-old, intense relationship between food and art.  


THE FIRST EDITION OF THE NEW ENTRIES FAIR FUND  

Along with the prizes, Artissima 2018 presents the first edition of the New Entries Fair Fund powered by Professional Trust Company, a new three-year fund created to support candidate galleries in the New Entries section. Every year three galleries will be chosen for the quality of their research and talent scouting, leading to a grant to finance their participation at the fair.    


THE BIRTHDAY PARTY  

For the opening of Sound, to celebrate their respective anniversaries Club to Club and OGR – OFFICINE GRANDI RIPARAZIONI have organised a “drink and dance” evening event to which the guests of the fair are invited.