The board of directors of the Fondazione Torino Musei has announced Ilaria Bonacossa as the new director of Turin's Artissima art fair. Bonacossa was selected from a shortlist nominated by an external committee composed of Andrea Bellini, Michela Bondardo, Silvia Evangelisti, Guido Guerzoni and Francesco Manacorda. Bonacossa will head up Artisimma for the next three editions. She succeeds Sarah Cosulich, who has directed Artissima for five years, her three-year tenure having been extended for two further editions. On the appointment, the board of the Fondazione Torino Musei commented that new director's mission would be focussed on “strengthening the cultural identity of Artissima, with great attention paid to the development of artistic strategies, as well as a particular sensitivity to the fair’s marketing and commercial policies”.
Bonacossa is a curator and art historian, having studied at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York. She worked as research assistant for the 2003 Whitney Biennial and as curatorial assistant for Manifesta 3, Ljubljana. From 2002 to 2009 she was curator at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin. Since 2012 she has been the artistic director of the Public Museum for Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Genova. She is a founding member of Art@Work, a collective that develops contemporary art projects in the non-profit sector and for private collections.
15 December 2016