Artissima XYZ

Artissima XYZ


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September 18, 2020
Artissima XYZ
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Artissima, the International Fair of Contemporary Art, which will be held in Torino from November 5 (preview) to 8, is pleased to announce the creation of Artissima XYZ, an original cross-media platform that transforms the curated sections of the fair into an immersive digital experience.

Artissima moves forward with innovative responses to the necessities of the time, identifying flexible forms of observation and relation, to sustain the present methodologies of the art system and its players, transforming into a hybrid fair capable of narrating and revealing contemporary art. 

Beyond the physical fair, for the 2020 edition, the sections Present Future (curated by Ilaria Gianni and Fernanda Brenner), Back to the Future (curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Mouna Mekouar) and Disegni (curated by Letizia Ragaglia and Bettina Steinbrügge) will exist on the platform Artissima XYZ, online from 3 November to 9 December 2020. Supported by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, Artissima XYZ has been formulated in continuity with Artissima Digital, the digital ecosystem of the fair since 2017.

Suggesting the axes of a Cartesian system, the name XYZ refers to the multi-dimensional and multi-media approach applied by the platform, designed to convey physical experience through virtual experience. Visitors can thus appreciate the value of a work of art not only by seeing it, but also by listening to its critical interpretation and discovering its creative genesis through photographs, videos, interviews and podcasts. Some of the contents will be produced directly by the galleries and artists, while others will be created by the editorial team Ordet—composed of Edoardo Bonaspetti, Stefano Cernuschi and Anna Bergamasco.

The curated sections will be presented offering fresh experiential content to deeply explore the work of all the main figures involved: galleries, artists, curators. Each curatorial team has selected ten projects for its section. 3 sections, 30 artists for 30 galleries, 10 for each section.

Present Future focuses on emerging talents not yet over 40 years of age. 
An international jury will evaluate the proposals of the online Present Future section and will assign the illy Present Future Prize, the award supported by illycaffè, now at its 20th edition, to the most interesting submitted project. 

Back to the Future presents monographic projects for the rediscovery of great pioneers of contemporary art. The section, which is also open to artists’ estates, brings together works made over a specific time span. This year the selected period is from 1960 to 1999. 

Disegni presents monographic projects on contemporary experimentation with the practice of drawing, originally associated with paper and then impacted by radical transformations.

Participating artists and galleries

XYZ—Present Future
Edu de Barros, Sé Galeria Sao Paulo / Simon Denny, Altman Siegel San Francisco / Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Proyectos Ultravioleta Guatemala City / Shadi Harouni, Tiziana Di Caro Napoli / Luís Lázaro Matos, Madragoa Lisbon / Noe Martínez, Llano Mexico City / Sara Naim, The Third Line Dubai / Antonio Obá, Mendes Wood DM Sao Paulo, Brussels, New York / Manuel Solano, Peres Projects Berlin / Kandis Williams, Night Gallery Los Angeles

XYZ—Back to the Future
Guillaume Bijl, Hubert Winter Vienna / Lisetta Carmi, Martini & Ronchetti Genova / Feliciano Centurión, Waldengallery Buenos Aires / Isabella Ducrot, T293 Roma / Rose Finn-Kelcey, Kate Macgarry London / Julije Knifer, Frank Elbaz Paris, Dallas / David Lamelas, Jan Mot Brussels / Ivens Machado, Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro / Mohamed Melehi, Loft Art Casablanca / Regina Vater, Jaqueline Martins Sao Paulo

Sarah Abu Abdallah, Athr Jeddah / Monica Bonvicini, König Berlin / Ellen Cantor, Isabella Bortolozzi Berlin / Keren Cytter, Pilar Corrias London / Sarah Faux, Capsule Shanghai Shanghai / Heike-Karin Föll, Campoli Presti London, Paris / Marguerite Humeau, Clearing New York, Brussels / Bethan Huws, Vistamare/Vistamarestudio Pescara, Milano / Olivia Plender, Maureen Paley London / Ivana Spinelli, Gallleriapiù Bologna

“XYZ—in the words of fair Director Ilaria Bonacossa—does not only suggest three spatial coordinates, but also the final letters of the alphabet, which brought together in an unpronounceable term open up the possibility of new and unexpected languages.”

Browse here all participating galleries at Artissima 2020.



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