Artissima 2017 highlights

Artissima 2017 highlights


Courtesy Artissima.
November 14, 2017

November 2–5, 2017

Oval, Lingotto Fiere

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52,000 visitors, 32 countries represented at the fair, over 3200 collectors from all over the world, 7 prizes, 1500 journalists, 43 partners and sponsors
The 24th edition of  Artissima, the international fair of contemporary art,directed for the first time by Ilaria Bonacossa, closed on November 5. As always, the fair marked an explosion of vitality in Torino that expanded from the fair venue to the whole city.

From November 2 to 5, Artissima reached a total of 52,000 visitors, showing an increased attendance compared to previous editions, and confirming that the fair is a truly unmissable contemporary art gathering on a worldwide level. 

Artissima 2017 put a particular focus on emerging artists and young collectors, a choice that was intended to be an investment in the future of art. The new section Disegni was aimed at nurturing a new kind of collector while highlighting the value of an artistic medium capable of capturing the immediacy of the process that from thought leads to creative gesture.  

The stats for Artissima 2017: 206 galleries from 32 countries, with a 62% share of foreign exhibitors. As a whole, in the 7 sections of the fair, which included three curated projects, over 2000 works were presented. The fair welcomed more than 300 international curators and museum directors from all over the world, including 89 professionals taking part in the various fair initiatives. Collectors and decision-makers from 23 countries, including 7 from outside Europe, joined the 5000 people strong crowd that animated the city of Torino in occasion of the fair. This year, many collectors came to Artissima for the very first time, proving the efficacy of the fair’s expansion programme, and 9 museum boards from around the world visited the fair, including the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art of Moscow, Palais de Tokyo of Paris, MALBA – Museo de Arte Latinoamericano of Buenos Aires, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Warsaw, the Friends of Zachęta and the Patrons of Manifesta 2018.

The 2017 edition of Artissima coincided with the 50th anniversary of Arte Povera, which was examined in two special projects: the Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente and Piper. Learning at the discotheque.

Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente was a new cultural project focusing on Italian art and hosting works by 128 artists made from 1994 to the present. The project was possible thanks to prestigious loans from Piedmont-based institutions and galleries taking part in the fair.

Piper. Learning at the discotheque was the title of a programme of events that took place within Artissima and were coordinated by  the classroom, a centre of art and education directed by Paola Nicolin that aims to reinvent the relations between practices of teaching and exhibiting. Having started on the opening day of the fair, the initiative included lectures, interviews, conversations, film screenings and DJ sets, and involved over 43 international artists, experts and curators.

Artissima 2017 also stood out for major digital innovations. The fair catalogue was published in digital form and it was accessible from The online agenda allowed registered visitors to plan a schedule of their favourite events such as talks, guided tours, prize ceremonies and encounters. The fair also presented the new #SocialRoom, which offered a device recharge station that enabled visitors to become protagonists of the social network pages of Artissima.

Finally, Artissima 2017 updated the range of prizes assigned during the fair, for a total of seven awards, underlining the fair’s concrete commitment to support novelty and creativeness in the artistic field. 

The illy Present Future prize went to Cally Spooner, presented by the galleries GB Agency (Paris) and Zero… (Milano) for the work Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, 2017. 

The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future was assigned to the gallery Loevenbruck (Paris), for a project on Jean Dupuy

The Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize was assigned to David Douard, presented by Galerie Chantal Crousel (Paris).

The new OGR Award, consisting in the acquisition of a work by the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, went to Rokni Haerizadeh, presented by the gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai).

The new Refresh Premio Irinox was assigned to David Haines, presented by the gallery Upstream (Amsterdam). 

The new Campari Art Prize was assigned to Sári Ember, presented by Ani Molnár Gallery (Budapest).

The new CARIOCA KIDS Prize was assigned to Theo Drebbel presented by Viasaterna (Milano). 

Among the many museum acquisitions, this year Artissima was again an important event for Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, which acquired 9 works forCastello di Rivoli and GAM. Moreover, MEF – Museo Ettore Fico purchased 6 works to further enhance the collection of the museum. 

2018 will mark the 25th anniversary of Artissima and we truly hope to have you with us to celebrate this important moment for the fair!

Artissima is a trademark of the Regione Piemonte, the Città Metropolitana di Torino and the Città di Torino; it reports to Fondazione Torino Musei. The 24th Artissima is produced with the support of the three institutions that hold the trademark, jointly with Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRTCompagnia di San Paolo and the Camera di commercio di Torino. The organisation of Artissima is entrusted to Artissima srl, the company formed in 2008 to oversee the artistic and commercial relations of the fair. 


Main Partner: UniCredit
Partners: Art Defender, Edit, Gruppo Campari, illycaffè, Irinox, K-Way, Lancia, Lauretana, Montblanc, Nino Franco Prosecco, QC Termetorino, Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte, Torino Outlet Village, Tosetti Value
In-kind partners: Artek, Cappellini, Carioca, Cassina, Dedar, Driade, Edra, F/Art, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, GL Events Italia – Lingotto Fiere, Golran, Gufram, Guido Gobino, Lago Design, Magis, Marrone, Metalsistem, Moroso, Nemo Lighting, Pastiglie Leone, Torino Airport | Sagat, Trenitalia, Vitra
Official Carrier: Arterìa
Official Insurance: Art Defender Insurance
Media Partners: La Stampa, Artsy
Media Coverage: Sky Arte HD

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