Artissima - An eloquent past and a future open to creative explorations

Artissima is internationally renowned for its focus on experimental practices, and as a launching pad for up-and-coming artists and galleries.

02 November 2018

The Artissima's 25th edition will be at the OVAL Lingotto Fiere di Torino until November, 4th, the only fair in Italy to concentrate exclusively on contemporary art.


Internationally renowned for its focus on experimental practices, and as a launching pad for up-and-coming artists and galleries, Artissima is a unique event that attracts a large audience of collectors, sector professionals and art lovers every year.


The fil rouge chosen by Ilaria Bonacossa for the 25th edition will be The Time (Time is on our side), a dynamic flow capable of setting the pace of change, while capturing the emotional suspension time activated by works of art.


Artissima 2018 has eight sections, the first four:

Main Section, presenting the most representative galleries on the international scene. This year 94 galleries have been selected, including 44 foreign ones.


New Entries, section dedicated to emerging international players, with 14 galleries this year, of which 10 from abroad. 


Dialogue, focuses on specific projects in which the works of two or three artists are shown in close dialogue with each other, presenting 19 galleries of which 12 from abroad. 


Art Spaces & Editions, a gathering of galleries specialised in artists’ editions and multiples, project spaces and non-profit initiatives, with 9 exhibitors. 


Four of the sections are curated by teams of international curators and directors:
 Present Future, Back to the Future, Disegni, Sound (new!). 


The new developments for 2018

Sound is the new section on contemporary sonic research. An integral part of the fair, Sound will be set up outside the institutional spaces of Artissima, at the OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Torino.

Art Editions & Multiples, the section created in 2012 that hosts galleries specializing in artists’ editions and multiples, expands in 2018 to include non-profit projects and becomes Art Spaces & Editions.

The selection committee of the fair welcomes a new member, Alessandro Pasotti, co-founder of P420 gallery (Bologna), joining the team of international gallerists that select the galleries of the Main Section, Dialogue, Art Spaces & Editions and New Entries.

Besides the birth of new special projects: Artissima Experimental Academy is the new educational project in collaboration with COMBO, Artissima Junior, conceived and realised in collaboration with Juventus,involves young visitors in an immersive artistic experience of participation, Alfabeto Treccani an encyclopedic narrative of Italian contemporary art in images, through a series of art multiples created specifically by Italian artists from different generations, Carol Rama_100 years of seductions the exhibition project in collaboration with Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte celebrating 100 years from the birth of Carol Rama, and Disegnare l’invisibile the educational project in collaboration with Moleskine.


The 25th edition of Artissima confirms the fair’s connection with the world of international design, thanks to areas offered to the public that have been created with painstaking care.


Artissima also has a significant economic impact on the city, generating an influx equal to 3.7 million euros each year, above and beyond its budget of expenditure.


The fair thus confirms its dynamic role, contributing to the growth of the Italian art market, stimulating and supporting collectors with an eye on innovation in a continuously evolving critical and curatorial vision.

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OVAL Lingotto Fiere
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 12
10123 Turin

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