Meanwhile, at Artissima

Friday 29th September, 2023 - Bruce Sterling


Artissima 2023, with a focus on this year’s theme Relations of Care, chooses to celebrate its approach of discovery and rediscovery of talents, and the constant pursuit of beauty that has always been its trademark, through the awarding of three important prizes, two special honours and six institutional supports. Created in collaboration with partners, foundations and institutions, the prizes of the 30th iteration of Artissima are aimed at participating artists and galleries, and will be assigned during the days of the fair by international juries composed of curators and directors of the world’s leading contemporary art museums.

The 2023 edition has also been enhanced by important new developments regarding two funds: the debut of the IDENTITY Fund for New Entries and the expansion of the Acquisitions Fund organized by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT.

illy Present Future Prize

The prize, produced in collaboration with illicaffè, has been assigned for 23 years to an artist of the Present Future section – since always a launching pad for new talents – confirming itself as an important contribution to the success of emerging artists at international level.
Jury: Tom Engels, Robert Leckie, Kasia Redzisz, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

VANNI occhiali #artistroom Prize

The prize, supported by VANNI occhiali, continues its exploration of the possible contaminations between contemporary art and eyewear design. It will be assigned to an artist presented at the fair whose research can offer an original perspective on reality, opening an unexpected, surprising viewpoint, as through the action of a lens.
Jury: Lucia Aspesi, Giuseppe Fantasia, Annalia Venezia

Tosetti Value Award for photography
Tosetti Value – Il Family office continues its support of Artissima promoting for the fourth year in a row an award for photography, which will be assigned to an artist presented at the fair whose photographic work is seen as particularly interesting for an understanding of the historical-social and economic situation of our globalized world.
Jury: Walter Guadagnini, Salvatore Vitale, Elena Volpato

Matteo Viglietta Award
The honour, coordinated by Collezione La Gaia and now in its second edition, is a prize created to commemorate Matteo Viglietta: an outstanding, passionate collector who had a very strong bond with Artissima from the outset. It will consist in the acquisition of an artwork that will become part of the Collection.
Jury: Eva Brioschi, Zasha Colah, Zoë Gray

Carol Rama Award
Promoted by Fondazione Sardi per l’Arte and now in its fourth edition, the prize will be assigned to the artist who embodies, through research and work, the ideal of unconventional female creativity and artistic freedom Carol enacted and transmitted with her works and personality.
Jury: Antonia Carver, Omar Kholeif, Milan Ther

Premio Diana Bracco – Imprenditrici ad arte (new!)
Come into being in 2023 thanks to a novel initiative organized by Fondazione Bracco in collaboration with Fondazione Roberto De Silva e Diana Bracco of Milano, this prize focuses on the figure of the gallerist as a female entrepreneur. It will be assigned to a rising woman gallerist, Italian or foreign, whose gallery has at least one location in Italy and whose entrepreneurial history demonstrates a vivid interest in artistic research and quality.
Jury: Isabella Bortolozzi, Eva Elisa Fabbris, Valeria Napoleone, Mia Rigo Saitta

Premio Pista 500 (new!)
Created in 2023 in collaboration with Pinacoteca Agnelli, this prize will grant an artist the opportunity to produce an artwork on a permanent billboard for the track on the roof of the Lingotto, in the proximity of Artissima. Inside the fair, an international jury will select one artist, who will have the possibility of creating a specific work for the monumental poster that will be unveiled at the time of Artissima 2024.
Jury: Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Sarah Cosulich, Michelle Cotton, Elena Filipovic

OGR Award
Now at its sixth iteration, the prize organized by the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT changes its formula and supports the research of two artists with two grants of 5,000 euros each, selected without restrictions in terms of fair section and expressive media. The artists are chosen on the basis of an affinity expressed in their work, a desire, a special attitude of dialogue or confrontation with new technologies.
Jury: Fatima Hellberg, Samuele Piazza, Bettina Steinbrügge

“ad occhi chiusi…” by Fondazione Merz
Fondazione Merz returns for the third year with the prize that aims to select the international artist that corresponds best to the foundation’s research on young artists of the Mediterranean. The selected artist will have the possibility of taking part in a residency in Sicily. The results of the work conducted during the course of the residency will be presented in the programming of ZACentrale at the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo.
Jury: Lara Khaldi, Beatrice Merz, Agata Polizzi, Francesco Stocchi

ISOLA SICILIA by Fondazione Oelle
Fondazione Oelle promotes for the second year the prize for which an international jury selects one artist from those represented by the galleries in the fair. The artist will have the opportunity to take part in a residency at Aci Castello, Catania, during which they will conduct research on the concept of Sicily, an island among islands. Upon completion of the residency, an exhibition will be organised in one of the locations in which the Foundation operates.
Jury: Antonia Alampi, Andrea Bellini, Caterina Riva

Premio Ettore e Ines Fico
Organized with MEF Museo Ettore Fico of Torino and now at its 14th iteration, the prize continues to promote and support the work of young artists, through an acquisition. The winner will be selected among the artists showing at Artissima, thanks to his/her international research and poetics.
Jury: Renato Alpegiani, Andrea Busto

IDENTITY Fund for New Entries
In the context of the three-year programme of IDENTITY, which in 2023 offers a focus on the New Entries section, Artissima presents the IDENTITY Fund for New Entries, directly supported by the fair to facilitate the participation of three galleries in the 2023 edition.
Jury: Andrea Bellini, Francesco Manacorda, Sarah Cosulich, Ilaria Bonacossa

Acquisition Fund by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
The historic Acquisitions Fund organized by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT has been increased to reach 200,000 euros, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the fair. The acquisitions benefit the collections of GAM – Galleria Civica di Arte Moderna di Torino and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea.
Here more info about prizes and funds of Artissima 2023

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