ARTUNER was founded in 2013, as an online platform which displayed thoughtfully curated selections of artworks to provide an intimate visual experience for collectors and art lovers. The online-only exhibitions were assembled with the assistance of highly regarded curators who worked with leading institutions in the art world, such as An Italian Journey: Modern and Vintage Prints by Luigi Ghirri and Araki | Moriyama: a History of Seduction with Filippo Maggia (Director of the Fondazione Fotografia Modena) and Airports for Shadows and Dust with Andrew Bonacina (Chief Curator of The Hepworth Wakefield).
Although since then ARTUNER has moved from an online-only model to become an innovatively hybrid platform with a strong and itinerant physical presence, online-only exhibitions have remained an instrumental tool both to present for the first time to an international audience young and emerging artists (such as the German David Czupryn, 2015 and Katja Seib, 2016) as well as to introduce a model that would later become a core aspect of ARTUNER, the presentation of an intergenerational dialogue between artists (such as in Take Care: Ettore Sottsass and Jesse Wine, 2015).
A first development toward a more hybrid model was Studioscape: South London, an online presentation of five South London-based artists paired with physical visits of their studios in order to gain a deeper understanding of their practice.
The desire to offering artists an opportunity to develop projects in exciting and ambitious venues led to the organisation of a series of diverse international shows, including in outdoor courtyards in the small Greek island of Sifnos.
Often ARTUNER opted for unconventional locations, like beautiful baroque palaces in Turin, which in the last few years became a backdrop for engaging group shows featuring artists from different generations in dialogue with each other.
Similarly, ARTUNER curated a number of exhibitions in a prestigious building in London through a collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.
Partnerships with galleries have become an important aspect of ARTUNER's model. In March 2015 the venture collaborated with Galerie Max Hetzler and Schiff Fine Art to curate Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism. The ambitious exhibition was shown across all three of Max Hetzler Gallery venues in Berlin and Paris and was complemented by the online show on artuner.com as well as a panel at Palais de Tokyo.
In 2016/2017 ARTUNER has collaborated with newly founded gallery Cassina Projects in New York City. There, ARTUNER curated a series of shows that included our core group of artists such as David Czupryn, Katja Seib, Paul Kneale and Rebecca Salter, as well as established international artists such as Toby Ziegler, Rose Wylie, Giuseppe Uncini and Georg Herold to name a few.
Since 2015 ARTUNER started developing a small group of core artists whom we represent and work very closely with, supporting the development of their practice through a wide range of projects, such as Paul Kneale’s participation to the group show COMMAND-ALTERNATIVE- ESCAPE, in the Arsenale Novissimo, Venice coinciding with La Biennale di Venezia 2017.
ARTUNER’s mission is to continue to seek ambitious venues and collaborations worldwide to promote the artists and art we love, as well as to engage with collectors and curators in innovative and exciting ways.