Highlights of the 30th edition

Highlights of the 30th edition


Photo: © Perottino-Piva-Peirone / Artissima

November 14, 2023
Highlights of the 30th edition
November 2–5, 2023

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The 30th edition of Artissima International Fair of Contemporary Art in Torino came to the end on November 5 with 34,000 visitors in four days. Directed for the second consecutive year by Luigi Fassi, the fair has brought an explosion of international vitality spreading from the pavilion to benefit the entire city of Torino. The 2023 edition was the fourth to feature Intesa Sanpaolo as the Main Partner of the event. 

Artissima 2023 presented the four flagship sections of the fair in the spaces of the Oval Lingotto of Torino—Main Section, New Entries, Monologue/Dialogue and Art Spaces & Editions—along with the three curated sections—Disegni, curated by Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Present Future, curated by Maurin Dietrich and Saim Demircan, Back to the Future, curated by Defne Ayas and Francesco Manacorda—also available on the digital platform Artissima Voice Over.

Luigi Fassi said: “We conclude this 30th edition with the certainty of having achieved very positive results, spreading from the Oval to have an impact on the city at large. We are pleased to have contributed to bring new energy, resources, relations, ideas and proposals to the world of contemporary art, weaving positive and effective relationships with the city’s institutions to create a true network, inside and outside the fair. Artissima embodies the talent of a laboratory of growth and development for the art of our time, becoming an ideal crossroads for all its protagonists. Our goal has always been to produce.”

The numbers
181 galleries, 39 taking part for the first time; 33 countries represented in the fair; 68 monographic projects; 11 prizes, grants and supports and two funds. The seven sections of the fair have called attention to about 1,500 works of art. Artissima welcomed over 1,600 new collectors from 30 countries and about 12,000 art professionals, including curators and directors of museums surpassing the results of 2022.

Highlights at the fair included the exhibition of a body of photographic works by Luca Locatelli in dialogue with Intesa Sanpaolo; the New Entries BAR, a project to support the research of the galleries in the New Entries section and their artists, within the conceptual platform IDENTITY supported by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo and curated by Cripta747; Artissima and Juventus have continued their collaboration with Artissima Junior, a project by the artist Eugenio Tibaldi for children from six to eleven years of age; Beyond Production, the platform activated in 2021 by Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, presented Symposium; The planetary curator, a flow of thinking and discussion on the issue of care envisioned by the magazine CURA. with the support of Jaguar; Artissima Digital, supported by Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, to amplify the experience of the fair on artissima.art and Artissima Voice Over; the ongoing AudioGuides promoted by Lauretana for independent exploration of the fair; the collaboration with the multimedia review of cultural research Lucy. Sulla cultura and with Il Giornale dell’Arte on the launch of new podcast Lo stereoscopio dei solitari.

Prizes and acquisitions
Artissima 2023 has organized three prizes, two honours, six initiatives of support and two fundsilly Present Future Prize, promoted by illycaffè, was assigned to Bekhbaatar Enkhtur, presented by the gallery Matèria, Roma. VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize was assigned to Elisa Alberti, presented by the gallery Krobath, Vienna. Tosetti Value Photography Award was assigned to Kiluanji Kia Henda, presented by the gallery Fonti, Napoli. Matteo Viglietta Award by Collezione La Gaia was assigned to Igor Grubić, presented by the gallery Laveronica, Modica. Carol Rama Award by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte was assigned to Marwa Arsanios, presented by the gallery mor charpentier, Paris, Bogotà. Premio Diana Bracco—Imprenditrici ad arte was assigned to Carla Chiarchiaro, who runs Galleria ADA, Roma. Premio Pista 500 by Pinacoteca Agnelli was assigned to Chalisée Naamani, presented by the gallery Ciaccia Levi, Paris, Milano. OGR Award was assigned to Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Rebecca Moccia, respectively of the galleries mor charpentier Paris, Bogotà and Mazzoleni, London, Torino. Prize “ad occhi chiusi…” by Fondazione Merz was assigned to Marwa Arsanios, presented by the gallery mor charpentier, Paris, Bogotà. Prize ISOLA SICILIA by Fondazione Oelle was assigned to Caroline Ricca Lee, presented by the gallery HOA, Sao Paolo. Ettore e Ines Fico Prize by MEF Museo Ettore Fico di Torino was assigned to Francesca Ferreri and Samuel Nnorom, presented respectively by the galleries Peola Simondi, Torino and Primo Marella, Milano, Lugano. IDENTITY Fund for New Entries was assigned to the galleries Eugenia Delfini, Roma, HOA, Sao Paolo, and Reservoir, Cape Town.

Furthermore, for the 30th anniversary of Artissima, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT increased the historic Acquisition Fund to 200,000 euros and acquired twelve works by six artists for Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM—Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna di Torino.

Thanks you to all our exhibitors and partners.

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