OVAL Lingotto Fiere
Turin | Italy
Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research.
Nearly two hundred galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair, Artissima is also composed of three art sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists, drawings and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art.
Setting off on a wave of new impulses and energies, this year Artissima has selected a timely and emblematic theme—desire/censorship—that is reflected in a new visual identity: a black visual diaphragm perforated by six circles, offering glimpses of photographic images along with fragments of text, suggesting other interpretations. A semantic drift that alternates common meanings with forbidden, unspeakable overtones. An invitation to experience Artissima, and the contemporary art that feeds it, as a seductive space to explore and to discover.
Artissima will also feature three special initiatives: Hub Middle East—a new project in collaboration with Fondazione Torino Musei that sets out to offer an overview of galleries, institutions and artists active in a geographical area of central importance for developments in contemporary society; Artissima Telephone—an exhibition project curated by Vittoria Martini for the OGR Officine Grandi Riparazioni offering a survey of the use of the telephone as an art medium; Abstract Sex: We don’t have any clothes, only equipment—an innovative show of Artissima conceived by Ilaria Bonacossa and curated by Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti and Guido Costa. Occupying the spaces of Jana, a historic fashion boutique in Turin, the exhibition investigates the importance of desire in the most recent artistic and cultural research, through videos, sculptures, works on canvas, paper, and objects presented by the galleries taking part in Artissima 2019.
via Giacomo Matté Trucco, 70