2 November 2017 | Press presentation, preview, opening 

3-4-5 November 2017 | Open to the public

Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin


Artissima 2017 will inaugurate on Thursday 2 November, welcoming visitors from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 November at the OVAL in Torino. The 24th edition of the fair will take place for the first time under the guidance of Ilaria Bonacossa, appointed as director in December 2016. 

Artissima confirms its position as a unique event on the European cultural scene, attracting galleries, artists, collectors and sector professionals from all over the world. 

Renowned on an international level for its focus on experimental practices and constant innovation from one year to the next, in 2017 the fair will feature a series of new developments that will impact both its programme and organisation. Besides the recently announced Disegni (Drawings) section, the revised team of curators and an innovative digital platform, Artissima will be enhanced by further ideas and initiatives: a special exhibition project, the “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente” (Warehouse of Present-Day Italian Art), a trailblazing programme of talks and a renewed architectural layout for the fair pavilion. 

“The year 2017 – Ilaria Bonacossa explains – marks the 50th anniversary of the initiatives that were essential to the genesis of Arte Povera. Artissima attempts to trace back to some of the most unconventional experiences of that period, which laid the groundwork for Torino’s status of Italian capital of contemporary art. Artissima, as a hybrid space open to the future, will investigate the relationships between artistic practices, the market, collecting and leisure time through the temporary reconstruction of iconic contexts like the Deposito d’Arte Presente (1967–68) or the Piper (1966–69) club. The roots of these experiments in the city led to the birth of important museums and international institutions for contemporary art, including the fair itself. In particular, Artissima considers these experiences in terms of their visionary capacity to reinvent roles and to activate contaminations between different disciplines, while still remaining a source of inspiration for many artists today.”


The sections 

Artissima 2017 will present a new layout of its spaces designed by the studio Vudafieri Saverino Partners of Milano, enhancing the pavilion and the fair’s various projects. These include the new curated Disegni section, joining the four existing sections (Main Section, New Entries, Dialogue and Art Editions) and the curated sections (Present Future and Back to the Future), for a total of seven. The Disegni section focuses on the particular nature of drawing as a form of expression, a technique capable of capturing the immediacy of the creative gesture and the thinking behind it, hovering in a space between the idea and finished work. This section is curated by an exceptional duo: Luís Silva and João Mourão, directors of Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon. 


The new exhibition project 

Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, the “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente” (Warehouse of Present-Day Italian Art) is Artissima’s new cultural project on Italian art. The Deposito will contain remarkable works loaned by Piedmont-based institutions and private collections, together with pieces from the galleries taking part in the fair, acknowledging their outstanding role in shaping the history of contemporary art in our country. For this new project, Artissima has taken inspiration from one of the most innovative experiences in 1960s Torino, a moment of great artistic vitality: the Deposito d’Arte Presente (1967–68). A place of production and display of works by emerging artists organised by Marcello Levi (1922–2014), the Deposito – in the words of the scholar Robert Lumley – was “an extemporaneous, non-permanent collection … a space for the present, for a type of art connected to the hic et nunc and stripped of any sacred character.” With the “Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente” Artissima retrieves that format, shifting it into the present time and using it as a conceptual setting for a project that absorbs the operative modes of the original. The Deposito is not really an exhibition, but a place to trigger a narration on the last 20 years of Italian art, to capture it today and understand its future developments, creating a dynamic place for display and discussion. Artissima therefore is not just a platform for curatorial research, but also a public manifestation of the space in which gallerists, collectors and museums conserve works.



Artissima 2017 is organised in collaboration with the many culture and art institutions operating in the city and its territory. Artissima will operate in synergy with the city’s museums and particularly with Castello di Rivoli, Fondazione Torino Musei, GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Fondazione Merz, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Collezione la Gaia, Museo Ettore Fico, PAV and the new OGR Torino. New partnerships will also be launched with local organisations active in the field of contemporary creativity, like the Club to Club Festival of Electronic Music, the Lovers Film Festival of Torino organised by the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and the Centro Conservazione e Restauro La Venaria Reale.

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