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Stunning List of Projects, Exhibitions, and New Names Featured at Artissima 16
Heimo Zobernig, Untitled, 2002. Friedrich Petzel gallery, New York.
TURIN.- 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.

Outside the fair: BLINDING THE EARS – Action, Behaviour, Performance, Instant Theatre in Turin, for the first time ever, a grand project with an exclusive series of events that will be taking over the most important theatres in Turin, as well as interacting with this year’s new ARTISSIMA FUMETTO in Palazzo Birago and ARTISSIMA VOLUME at the Circolo Esperia. And the new exhibition of the FRAC exhibition at Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto di Biella.


a new format
Now in its sixteenth year, ARTISSIMA has recently managed to create such a strong and unique identity that it has carved out a highly competitive role for itself in the international world of contemporary art. As international and international collectors and critics have acknowledged, it has turned into a totally new and highly dynamic event, with a young and experimental approach, where the finest research in the field of the visual arts can be seen to be an authentic cultural adventure.

In the words of the director himself, Andrea Bellini, the aim of ARTISSIMA is to “create and perfect a new model of economic and cultural organisation, in the absolute conviction that contemporary art can offer a redeeming change of perspective even, and especially, in a difficult situation like the one we are living through right now. Once again, art will take us on innovative and unforeseen journeys, helping us to believe in the power of change and of the imagination.”

an accessible fair
The cost of the stands, which is already highly competitive, is being reduced: this is a concrete response that ARTISSIMA is offering its exhibitors in view of today’s tough economic times. This decision makes the Fair one of the most accessible on the international stage in relation to its high cultural level and quality.

the theatre project
The side events of ARTISSIMA will this year constitute a single, sweeping thematic journey in the form of BLINDING THE EARS: this will be a non-stop, five-day event devoted entirely to the relationship between the visual arts and the theatre – a highly topical form of interaction in view of the increasing attention that the world of art is devoting to different forms of dialogue between body and space. The idea is to work in an area that, from many points of view, is still unexplored in curatorial terms. It is a place where the “non-theatre” of visual artists encounters “traditional” theatre. This does not mean turning the theatre into an exhibition space, nor exhibition spaces into theatres, but rather considering the theatre as a place to be used for what it really is: a place for performances, with its own codes, its own practices, and its own representations. BLINDING THE EARS will be showing the results of this in an experimental manner, in both the artistic and the scientific sense of the term.

In particular, the title of the event pays tribute to Carmelo Bene and to his vision of a theatre to be seen and experienced in its entirety. In Bene’s view it is precisely the actor, not the script, who should recite by heart and create the work: words acquire new meaning, losing the purely communicative function they previously had. And thus it was that Bene talked of “blinding the ears”.

During the week of the Fair, from Wednesday 4 November to Sunday 8, a stunning array of international artists will be putting on a series of entirely original works in Turin: plays, performances and concerts will be put on at Teatro Regio, Teatro Carignano, Teatro Gobetti, Cavallerizza Reale and Teatro Astra.





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