Artissima, 10 works from the Italian Art Depot Present


One of Artissima's new sections is the Deposit of Present Italian Art: 128 works by artists from 1994 to the present. Is it possible to set a canon of contemporary Italian art?

The Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente is one of the newest sections of Artissima(here are details and information about the fair): it is a sort of “warehouse” that houses works created from 1994 to the present by some of the best contemporary Italian artists. The project, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini(you can read an in-depth interview with Vittoria Martini, which we published in recent days,here ), offers 128 works in all and, we read in the presentation, “stems from the reconnaissance of the history of Artissima retraced as a great archive to study retrospectively, through a fresh look, the Italian art system and its market.” It is also a tribute to the Deposito d’Arte Presente conceived between 1967 and 1968 by gallerist Gian Enzo Sperone. With the Deposit curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Valeria Martini, is it possible to set a canon of Italian art of the last two decades? To the critics and the public the answer: we simply provide here an overview (no doubt incomplete: just to give an idea) with ten works we have selected.

Artissima, ingresso del Deposito d'Arte Italiana Presente
Artissima, entrance to the Depot of Italian Art Present


Giulia Piscitelli, Italsider/Collant
Giulia Piscitelli, Italsider/Collant (1994; photographic print mounted on aluminum, 100 x 70 cm)


Luca Vitone, Wide City (1998; modello in legno della Torre Velasca, vernice ad acqua, 40 stampe fotografiche a colori montate, mappe turistiche di Milano, 140 x 60 x 37 cm)
Luca Vitone, Wide City (1998; wooden model of the Velasca Tower, water paint, 40 mounted color photographic prints, tourist maps of Milan, 140 x 60 x 37 cm)


Giorgio Andreotta Cal, Torino-Guarene (2008; serie di 20 polaroid, 110,7 x 8,8 cm)
Giorgio Andreotta Cal, Turin-Guarene (2008; series of 20 polaroids, 110.7 x 8.8 cm)


Goldschmid & Chiari, Repression Device #50 (Collage, passepartout, 50 x 50 cm)
Goldschmid & Chiari, Repression Device #50 (2012; Collage, passepartout, 50 x 50 cm)


Alessandro Sciaraffa, Ti porto il mare (2012; tre tamburi, pelle naturale, acciaio, motori elettrici, circuiti elettronici, 101 x 217 cm ciascuno)
Alessandro Sciaraffa, I Bring You the Sea (2012; three drums, natural leather, steel, electric motors, electronic circuits, 101 x 217 cm each)


Alis/Filliol, Alieno
Alis/Filliol, Alien (2013; plasticine, chipboard base, 145 x 22 x 22 cm)


Alek O., Tangram (Jumping Dog) (2013; stoffa acrilica di un ombrellone teso, 243 x 243 cm)
Alek O., Tangram (Jumping Dog) (2013; acrylic fabric of a stretched umbrella, 243 x 243 cm)


Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio interpreta Luigi Tenco (2002; casse, 10 copertine con dischi in vinile, impianto stereo)
Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio interprets Luigi Tenco (2002; speakers, 10 covers with vinyl records, stereo system)


Renato Leotta, Aventura (Thessaloniki) (2017; argilla cruda, 55 x 53 x 40 cm)
Renato Leotta, Aventura (Thessaloniki) (2017; raw clay, 55 x 53 x 40 cm)


Patrizio Di Massimo, The Sword Swallower (2017; olio su tela di lino, 153,5 x 123,5 cm)
Patrizio Di Massimo, The Sword Swallower (2017; oil on linen canvas, 153.5 x 123.5 cm)