The twentieth edition of Artissima is about to end. For 2013, Artissima has taken major new strides in the internationalization process that began last year, in terms of both the makeup of its various curatorial and selecting committees and the presence of galleries and artists. Special attention has been paid to areas with an emerging role in the contemporary art world, encouraging participation by several countries from South America – especially Brazil – and Asia, in order to introduce diverse new viewpoints and bolster the fair’s identity as a place for discovering the most interesting ideas on the international art scene. The special programme that Artissima dedicates each year to major international collectors has also broadened its geographic targets, drawing more and more art enthusiasts from all over the world.
Back to the Future has probably been the most interesting section for us. Launched in 2010, Back to the Future is the special section in the very centre of Artissima dedicated to figures active in the 1960s, 70s and, starting this year, the 80s. This year the images were strong, violent shots.
Since 2012, the section featured museum-quality solo shows by artists who have played an important role in the history of contemporary art but who have not always received the visibility they deserve among the general public. The curatorial committee, responsible of both proposing and selecting the participating artists among the submitted projects, has chosen the works of 32 artists represented by 30 galleries (6 from Italy, 24 from abroad) coming from 12 countries.
In 2013 the curatorial committee, put together a unique group of internationally renowned curators and museum directors: Caroline Bourgeois, Curator, Pinault Collection, Paris Patrick Charpenel, Director, Jumex Museum, Mexico D.F. Hou Hanru, Director, MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Roma Kasper König, Chief Curator, Manifesta 10, 2014, St. Petersburg Coordination: Eva Fabbris, independent curator, Milano.