Now that Italy’s largest contemporary art fair has come to an end, held in the Oval Pavilion at the Lingotto Fiere in Turin from 3–5 November, Turin has confirmed its avant-garde status with a display of dynamism. A former industrial powerhouse associated with the success of carmaker Fiat, the capital city of Piemonte is adjusting its activities to look resolutely into the future. The heart of the movement Arte Povera created in 1964, this bubbling Italian city was also home to Cesare Pavarese, Italo Calvino and the publishing company Einaudi.

Provide a window on the art of tomorrow: that was the undertaking of the 2017 event titled “Artissima racconta il futuro”. Billed as an experimental centre of today’s creation, the fair promotes itself as one of the focal points of the genre and unites the actors on the contemporary art stage.

To celebrate its 24th anniversary, Artissima celebrated current art research. The event’s new director, Ilaria Bonacossa, introduced new measures, starting with the inclusion of native Italians in its selection committee, as well as people not involved in the world of contemporary art. The 24th edition maintained the traditional six categories (the most important galleries on the international scene, up-and-coming galleries, limited editions of photographs, new talents, dialogue between works by different artists, creators from the 1980s) and added one new one: drawings, for its “creative process in its immediacy”.

As for its visual identity, it is clearly more contemporary in appearance, as is symbolised by the fair’s logo, a schematic image of a river mouth opening towards different forms of art. A stream that irrigates the field of creation.

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