(Graphic created by Sara De Bondt studio, showing galleries participating in Artissima 18 linked according to section)

Artissima, the International Fair of Contemporary Art in Turin, Italy, opened its doors this weekend. The fair, which is smaller than Art Basel or FIAC in number of visitors, has nevertheless very good reputation amongst art professionals, making it thus more of an insiders’ event. The focus at Artissima is on discovery, the possibility to meet people and to talk about art. Artinfo quoted the fair’s director Francesco Manacorda, calling Artissima a large ‘Liste’ without ‘Art Basel’ on the side.

This year Artissima hosts 161 galleries, divided over 4 sections: the main section, the new entries section, present future with 16 emerging artists and back to the future, showing artists from 60s & 70s who have enjoyed little recognition in past decades, yet whose work is of a particular significance today.

Of interest is also the visual identity of this year’s Fair edition: created by London-based studio Sara De Bondt, the design uses concepts of charts, networks and real-time data, such as the number of visitors on the fair or the medium time spent on the Fair’s website. The Artissima’s identity is not the first design for contemporary art institutions created by Sara De Bondt. The studio has also created the memorable visual identity for Wiels Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, exhibition graphics & catalogue for V&A museum or file notes for the Camden Art Centre.