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Artissima announces its new director

2 February 2022 Journal News

Artissima is pleased to announce the new director: Luigi Fassi, age 44, will lead the International Contemporary Art Fair of Torino for the next three editions, 2022–24.

The Board of Directors of Fondazione Torino Musei, following the international call for the appointment of the new artistic director of Artissima has selected Luigi Fassi as the ideal candidate to guide the upcoming editions of Artissima, based on the professional background and the project proposed.

 Maurizio Cibrario, President of Fondazione Torino Musei, says: I am certain that this appointment will lead to expansion of the role of the Fair on an international level. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Ilaria Bonacossa for her dedication in leading the fair over the last 5 years and for the engagement with multiple interests existing in the City of Torino, in a fertile and productive network of relationships.

Luigi Fassi succeeds Ilaria Bonacossa, who has directed Artissima for five years, having secured a three-year appointment, which was extended for two further editions. However, the public nature of the fair called for a new appointment.

Bonacossa says: After five years, I cannot but feel satisfied by the successes and the countless challenges overcome and shared with a team that is the envy of the entire art world. I would like to thank Fondazione Torino Musei and all the stakeholders with whom we have worked over these years for their support and trust I am certain that the new director of Artissima, Luigi Fassi, with his curatorial and managerial experience in public institutions, will guarantee full continuity for the future growth of the fair. Turin and contemporary art are an inseparable and strategic match, for the future of the city and the region.

New director Luigi Fassi declares: I would like to thank Fondazione Torino Musei and the City of Torino for their vote of confidence in my selection as the new director of Artissima, an institution that represents a spirit of vitality and innovation, a drive towards the future that has always been a part of my outlook. I approach this new role in full awareness of the responsibility it represents, relying on the force of enthusiasm to move forward with the history of Artissima, based on the work of those who came before me.

Luigi Fassi has been the artistic director of MAN, the Museum of Art of the Province of Nuoro, from 2018 to 2022. He held the position of visual art curator at the Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Austria, from 2012 to 2017, and from 2009 to 2012 he was the artistic director of Kunstverein ar/ge kunst in Bolzano. A Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP of New York in 2008-09, he has organized exhibitions for various institutions on an international level. From 2010 to 2017 he was the curator and coordinator of the Present Future section of Artissima, Torino. In 2016 he was a fellow of the Artis Research Trip programme in Tel Aviv, Israel, co-curator of the festival Curated_by in Vienna, Austria, and of the 16th edition of the Art Quadriennale of Rome. He has been a member of the selection committee of the Artorama contemporary art fair in Marseille (2019-2022), and curator of the project Tomorrows/Today at the Cape Town Art Fair in South Africa (2019-2022). An author of many books and monographs, his articles and essays have appeared in Artforum, Mousse, Flash Art, Camera Austria, Site and Domus.

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