Turin’s Art Fair Artissima Is Looking for a New Director

Italy’s premier contemporary fair is rethinking its future.

Artissima. Photo by Giorgio Perottino.
Artissima. Photo by Giorgio Perottino.

Fondazione Torino Musei has released an open call looking for a new director to overlook international contemporary art fair Artissima in Turin, Italy.

The announcement comes as a surprise, following the recent re-appointment of four-year director of the fair Sarah Cosulich for the 23rd edition of Artissima, which will take place this November.

While there has been some rumored discontent with Cosulich’s work within the local art scene, Artissima has grown geographically and ideologically under her guidance.

Cosulich introduced initiatives to involve young galleries and emerging artists, and in 2014 a new section dedicated to performance was added to the fair.

She has worked on bringing in curators and collectors from all over the world and has helped strengthen the tie between Artissima and Turin’s network of prominent museum and foundations through collaborations for collateral projects.

Sarah Cosulich. Photo by Michele D'Ottavio courtesy of Artissima.

Sarah Cosulich. Photo by Michele D’Ottavio, courtesy of Artissima.

Despite Cosulich’s continued participation in this year’s edition of Artissima, Fondazione Torino Musei—the non-profit organization which owns the fair—has released an announcement looking for a new director for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 editions of the fair, with a possibility to extend this contract up to two extra years.

Held in Turin since 1993, Artissima is arguably Italy’s most important contemporary art fair, bringing together international galleries considered for the outstanding quality of their projects and artists.

Artissima is looking for a candidate with established relationships is the contemporary art market. The ideal candidate will not only have knowledge in contemporary art but also in event and business management in order to both successfully direct the fair and also understand its internal workings.

All applications must be received by 12pm CET on September 5, 2016.


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