Turin’s very own CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography – houses, until January 7th, 2018 a brand-new photography exhibition entitled “Arrive the Paparazzi! Photographers and Divas from Dolce Vita until Today”. Curated by experts Walter Guadagnini and Francesco Zanot.
The event focuses upon the complex relationship between famous people – actors, politicians, socialites etc. – and those people that both helped them reach celebrity status, by following them incessantly and reporting their every move, and at times managed to ruin their most intimate happy moments. The visitor will have the chance to take a peek into the private lives of Anita Ekberg, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Lady D, courtesy of famous photographers such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti, Ron Galella, Lino Nanni, Alison Jackson, Ellen von Unwerth and Armin Linke. On display, more than 150 stolen pictures revealing the scandalous deeds of the famous, in Italy and elsewhere.
Or, as the curators themselves put it: “These are photographs that have marked forever the popular perception on public figures, actors, singers, politicians – most of all women. ‘Taken’ by private moments when, masks put aside, they turn to being (almost) common.”
There are some noteworthy 2017 English blockbusters and future Oscar competitors screening – in original language, of course! – this month in Turin, at Cinema Massimo, SALA 3 in Via Giuseppe Verdi 18. The schedule includes : Aronofsky’s controversial Mother!, the much awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, and, last but not the least, the most recent screen adaptation to Jo Nesbo – The Snowman. Continue Reading
Free spirit. Charity worker. Public figure. Fashion icon. Princess. Mother. Wife. Lover. Sadly, one of the most photographed persons in the world.
The various personas composing Lady Diana Frances Spencer’s multifaceted identity are revealed, discussed and ultimately put into new light – at 20 years after her death – at Venaria Reale, until January 28th, 2018. Continue Reading
After the 2016 success and crazy media coverage, London’s very posh and very exclusive Heywood Hill Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street returns with its “A Year in Books FOR LIFE” competition. Everyone from everywhere gets the chance to participate to the “win a hand-picked book a month for the rest of your life” draw. The deadline ends at midnight (London time) on Tuesday, October 31st 2017.
As always, the selection is quite subjective, but there you have it – this fall Turin expects the likes of Depeche Mode, Kraftwerk, Ari Malikian and Bryan Adams. Feels like I really really need a babysitter!
KRAFTWERK 3D“The Catalogue” Concerts – at OGR Turin, on November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017 at 19.30 pm and 22.30 pm
electronic rock, the original edition
BRYAN ADAMS – at PalaAlpitour, on November 12th, 2017 at 9.00 pm
La Belle Époque returns to Turin, and this time it’s Giovanni Boldini‘s turn to promote the everlasting charm of the oh-so-ephemeral bon ton at the end of the 19th century. His personal style, in my opinion, brings to mind masterpieces signed by contemporaries such as Anders Zorn, Joaquín Sorolla, John Singer Sargent and Paul Helleu. Nevertheless, his genius in adoringly depicting female beauty is unmistakebly Italian.
From July 29th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018the somptuous halls of Venaria Reale house more than 100 oil and crayon paintings signed by Giovanni Boldini, from both private and public collections across Europe. Also, on display will be some of his less-famous Italian fellow artists of the same era, such as Telemaco Signorini, Francesco Vinea, and Cristiano Banti.
How could one miss it? Steve McCurry is still in great shape, and still exhibited here in Italy, not too far from Turin.
Until November 26th, 2017, there’s his “Mountain Men” display at Forte di Bard, in Aosta Valley. Theexhibition features a selection of 77 images depicting harsh landscapes, interesting portraits and scenes of everyday life, all th a common denominator: the complex altering relationship the people living up in the mountains have with the land they inhabit. The photographs were taken during McCurry’s trips to Tibet, Yemen, India, South America, China, Russia, including his Italian escapades to Aosta Valley from a few years back.
It seems like fate has decided to bring together some of the biggest names in photography here in Italy this year. Apart from the Franco Fontana, Steve McCurry and Peter Lindbergh exhibitions happening in and about Turin, there’s also a Vivian Maier retrospective taking place in Genova, from June 23rd until October 8th, 2017.
Entitled “Vivian Maier. A Photographer Found”, the exhibition features 120 black & white photographs taken between the 1950s and 1960s, along with a selection of colour pictures taken in the 1970s. Also, the organizers promise some Super-8 films on how this special Mary Poppins would approach and “capture” her subjects. Continue Reading
“There will never be anything like the era of the supermodel again…” (Peter Lindbergh)
Organizers at Venaria Reale prepare yet another gig dedicated to international high-class photography, and this time it is Peter Lindbergh‘s turn to step into the spotlight. Entitled “A Different Vision of Fashion Photography”, the exhibition comes to Turin via the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, it lasts from October 7th, 2017 until February 4th, 2018 and it features a retrospective of some 220 fashion-related mostly black & white photographs Lindbergh has taken since the early 1980’s.
This summer as always, Turin’s very own (niche) Cinema Centrale Arthouse unrelentlessly keeps on introducing some very interesting pieces of cinematography – in original language. This time, they bring, for the first time here in Italy, a 2016 documentary regarding one of the sacred monsters of photography: Robert Doisneau.
The documentary – originally entitled “Robert Doisneau, le révolté du merveilleux” – was directed by Clémentine Deroudille, the artist’s own granddaughter, and wishes to acquaint the viewer with some novel (?!) aspects of Doisneau’s life and work. French critics found it a bit redundant and clichè at times, but that doesn’t mean it is not worth seeing it. At least for revisiting, one more time, some of papy‘s insights into the mundane. Continue Reading