Public days: 3 - 5 November 2023


Launched during the last edition of the fair, the METAmorphosis project is the result of dialogue between Artissima and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, in synergy with the OGR Award and in collaboration with the technical partners ArtshellLCA Studio Legale e REVIBE – Metaverse Experience Factory.

The aim of the project is to reflect on the relationship between art, technology and innovation by investigating the complex phenomenon of the Metaverse, highlighting its potential and limitations and proposing a critical, formative and educational vision for art world professionals (galleries and artists) and the public of enthusiasts.

The 4 participating artists were selected at Artissima 2022: Marco Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris, Venice / Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia / Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London / R M – Martina Simeti, Milan.
> Learn more about the artists below.

The artists were invited to work on the project idea of a physical work and its digital alter-ego in the Metaverse.
> Explore the projects on the dedicated platform developed ad hoc by Artshell.

An international jury composed of Amira GadLars Henrik GassSamuele Piazza and Domenico Quaranta have selected the winner of the OGR Award – Rebeca Romero – who presented her physical and virtual work Semilla SAGRADA on 17 May 2023 at OGR Torino in the Duomo and on Spatial in the Metaverse. The work was acquired by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT becoming part of its Collection, and remaining on loan to OGR Torino in its physical and digital versions.

Click here to discover the digital version of the artwork.


REBECA ROMERO - vincitrice dell'OGR Award

Galleria Copperfield, Londra

Rebeca Romero (Lima, 1980) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Peru and based in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally with exhibitions including Oracles and Algorithms, Copperfield London, UK (2022), and so on, Das Weisse Haus, Austria (2022), Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Firstsite Colchester & South London Gallery, UK (2021), The Obsolete in Reverse, Springseason Gallery, UK (2020) and London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, UK (2020). Her text/sound work has been featured in platforms like New Writing with New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, UK (2022) and Future Artefacts, RTM.FM (2021).


Galleria Alberta Pane, Parigi, Venezia

Marcos Lutyens (London, 1964) lives and works in Los Angeles. His artistic practice targets the psychic and emotional well-being of his audiences by skillfully leading participants in hypnotic exercises that affect the deepest levels of their psyche. His works take form in installations, sculptures, drawings, short films, writings and performances. In his explorations of consciousness, Lutyens has collaborated with celebrated neuro-scientists V. Ramachandran and Richard Cytowic, as much as studying under shamans from different cultures. From these research, he has worked with visitors' unconscious states in museums, galleries and biennales around the world, including dOCUMENTA (13), Guggenheim New York, Centre Pompidou, Istanbul Biennale, Venice Biennale, among others.


Galleria Apalazzo, Brescia

Eva & Franco Mattes are an Italian artist duo living in New York. They were among the first artists to use the internet as a medium to create art. Through videos, installations and websites, their work responds to and dissects our contemporary networked condition, always approaching the ethics and politics of life online with a darkly humorous edge. Their works can be found in the collections of the SFMOMA, Whitney Museum of American Art, Fotomuseum Winterthur, X Museum and the Walker Art Center. Their largest solo exhibition to date is scheduled to open in July 2023 at Frankfurter Kunstverein.


Galleria Martina Simeti, Milano

R M (Geneva, 2015) is an artist duo working between Geneva and Berlin. Their visual practice investigates the local codes and the coping strategies generated around diseases and stigmas. Until 2022 they have been working under the moniker Real Madrid, reduced then to R M. Their work has been exhibited in private and public institutions like Swiss Institute (New York), Migros Museum (Zurich), Centre d’Art Contemporain (Genéve), Centre Culturelle Suisse (Paris), GAK (Bremen), Auto Italia South East (London). They received a Swiss Art Award in 2018 and were fellows in 2019/20 at the Istituto Svizzero in Rome.
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