In its second year under the artistic direction of Francesco Manacorda, Artissima 18 will take place from 4 to 6 November 2011 (preview 3 November) at the Oval, Lingotto Fiere, Turin. Artissima 18 is as usual hosting 160 galleries in four sections: Main Section, which includes the most notable galleries on the international art scene. New Entries, the most compelling galleries that have been operating for less than five years and are participating in Artissima for the first time. Present Future, devoted to a group of emerging artists invited by a team of international curators to appear in single presentations by their respective galleries. Back to the Future, launched in 2010, it highlights practitioners who were active in the 1960s and 70s it takes the form of a museum-style exhibition and is selected by an international Curatorial Committee. In 2010, Back to the Future attracted much interest, both from the many galleries that chose to participate in the section, and from collectors and the press.
This year’s cultural programme builds on the exploration of future scenarios for the museum which began in the ‘House of Contamination’ in 2010. It comprises two interlinked events: one within the fair during opening hours (titled ‘Simple Rational Approximations’), and the other outside in the evenings (‘Artissima LIDO’). The two projects examine new models and structures for the production of contemporary art, and, for the first time at the fair, both are curated by artists. Simple Rational Approximations is a project for a museum imagined by Turin-based artist Lara Favaretto in collaboration with Artissima director Francesco Manacorda. Artissima LIDO This year, for the first time, Artissima presents an evening programme in the centre of Turin and outside the fair’s opening hours. Several artist-run initiatives from across the Italian peninsula are temporary displaced into a number of venues around the medieval area of the Quadrilatero Romano, continuing their experimental activities in the same city simultaneously.