November is the month when Turin traditionally celebrates contemporary art (yes, I know, not everybody’s choice when it comes to entertainment), with lots of events usually organized and promoted by the Contemporary Art Foundation Torino Piemonte. This year, some of Turin’s museums adhere to the Night of Contemporary Arts initiative and will remain open on the evening of Saturday, November 5th, from 18.00 to 23.00 (last entry at 22.00) with a special fare – 1 EURO tickets.
MAO (Museum of Oriental Art): free admission to visit the “Ye Shanghai” Installation
Museum of Cinema at Mole Antonelliana: reduced admission fee, from 20.00 to 23.00; guided tour at the Gus van Sant Exhibition (Italian only) at 5 EURO + entrance fee; guided tour of the museum’s permanent collections at 6 EURO + entrance fee.
With Christmas just around the corner, Turin puts on its festive clothes starting with October 28th (more precisely, at 7 pm sharp), when the 2016 version of the now-famousLuci’Artista will be plugged in. This year the city celebrates the 19th anniversary of the event, gathering as always some of the most important contemporary artists and their light installations dedicated to Christmas and its connotations.
For those of you not familiar with the way itorinesi go nuts about Natale, well, my advice to you is to do some sightseeing at night, the city it’s just gorgeous, despite the cold.
WHERE: city center, in the main piazzas and on the main streets
WHEN: from October 28th to January 15th
HOM MUCH: unless you plan on going on a shopping spree in Via Lagrange, Via Garibaldi or Via Roma, admiring this year’s installations is for free, as always
I decided to finally post, like so many others, on one of the things that went viral as of late: the chance to win Heywood Hill’s “Library of a Lifetime Prize” – or, as the official webpage tells it, “the world’s first lifetime literary prize for readers”. Why so exciting? Well, for once, it gives everyone, from everywhere in the world, the chance to receive a hardback book a month from Mayfair’s first-class Heywood Hill Bookshop FOR LIFE & FOR FREE. That is, the winner will get, by post, one newly published and carefully hand-picked hardback book to suit his/her own personal bookish preferences. Continue Reading
“Before my birth there was infinite time, and after my death, inexhaustible time. I never thought of it before: I’d been living luminously between two eternities of darkness.” (Orhan Pamuk)
For literature fans and visual arts amateurs alike, Turin’s very own Palazzo Madama houses one of the most innovative events of the fall. The exhibition is a poetic collaboration between the Italian visual artist Grazia Toderi and the world-renown, Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk. Entitled “Words and Stars”, the finite product of their artistic endeavor wishes to “explore the affinities between naive metaphysical questions and the joy of gazing at the stars” by relating a carved ivory inlaid orrery (i.e. a clockwork model of the solar system) built by Italian artist Peter Piffetti around the middle of the 18th century to one of Toderi’s works specially designed on the occasion. The aim of the event, that of answering questions such as: “Can our thoughts be compared to distant stars on the move? Is there a visual link between the landscapes of our minds and the sky above?” Continue Reading
Don’t feel like leaving Turin just yet? Well, next time you prepare for boarding your outbound flight, parting ways will be easier, and why not?, more harmonious.
Since October 5th, 2016 Turin’s Caselle Airportmade available to all those passing through the keys of a Kawai pianoforte. The gift was inaugurated with an extraordinary concert featuring some of Teatro Regio’s much acclaimed artists and the accords of Puccini’s timeless “La Boheme”. Continue Reading
“I’ve never needed a model for my painting; the sense of sin is my teacher.” (Carol Rama)
“The Passion According to Carol Rama”, the artist’s entire work retrospective on display at GAM (Turin’s Gallery of Modern Art) from October 12th, 2016 to February 5th, 2017. Catchy exhibition name, I have to give them that Continue Reading
The Savoy Gallery continues the series of events housed by its recently inaugurated “Spazio Confronti” – this time, it puts on display two of the most representative European portraitists of all time: the Baroque Anton Van Dyck (1599 – 1641) andthe modern(ist) Giovanni Boldini (1842 – 1931).Although they lived more that two centuries apart and were characterized, without a doubt, by different creative visions and approaches to painting, they both struggled with trying to encompass the elusiveness and rambunctious energy radiating out of the children they portrayed (even when complete stillness was required). Continue Reading
If for those wishing to transfer to Turin for longer stays the best choice to do some visiting is Abbonamento Musei, there are also really convenient options for those passing through Turin only for a couple of days, too. Called TORINO+PIEMONTE CARDS, they actually are passes valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 consecutive days and including amazing activities: