The best window on contemporary art and on young artists, and the leading event with the most important Italian and foreign contemporary-art galleries: the new ARTISSIMA – International Fair of Contemporary Art – opens in Turin. A stunning list of projects, exhibitions, and new names – some of the most interesting in the international contemporary-art world for three days of events inside and outside the fair. ARTISSIMA 16 combines passion and curiosity, in a forward-looking, experimental climate that makes it a unique experience for visitors. In the words of its director, Andrea Bellini, ARTISSIMA is “an authentic intellectual adventure, a place where personal encounters, tastes, and choices are still important: a type
of approach to contemporary art that is dedicated to true collectors and art lovers.”
A unique international network of curators will once again constitute the added value of ARTISSIMA, allowing it to open up and explore new territories and make contact with the most interesting areas of creativity: from Shanghai to Los Angeles, Istanbul, and London, discovering the finest talents among emerging artists, gallery owners, and curators.
ARTISSIMA is also an event for young people. It is designed as the ideal place for encouraging the circulation of ideas and it offers meetings that are always thought-provoking. In recent years, it has given rise to a whole series of different side events that range from cinema to electronic music, and comics and photography, through to animation video and design. The new challenge that the sixteenth ARTISSIMA is taking up is that of BLINDING THE EARS, a particularly innovative and original curatorial event that explores the interaction between the Visual arts and the Theatre.
At the fair: more than 100 of the finest contemporary-art galleries on the national and international stage will appear in the MAIN SECTION and NEW ENTRIES. Important sections with a curatorial approach and orientation: PRESENT FUTURE, an authoritative launching pad for the new generations, and a unique opportunity to discover the emerging names of tomorrow’s worldwide contemporary art scene, and CONSTELLATIONS, a selection of installations and large-format works by famous and emerging artists shown in a museum-style display. 3 awards: the Premio illy Present Future, the Premio Guido Carbone New Entries and, making its debut this year, the Premio Ettore Fico. And a whole range of projects: new ones, such as THE STORE, well-established ones like ASCOLTA CHI SCRIVE – LISTEN TO THE WRITER or revisited ones like ARTISSIMA CINEMA, which this year will be shown inside the fair.