Maurice Guilbert, Toulouse-Lautrec as both the artist and the model
Toulose-Lautrec, The Passenger in Cabin 54 (1896)
Toulose-Lautrec, The Passenger in Cabin 54 (1896)

Alas, it’s here! After the small “scandal” surrounding the ifs and the buts implied by the actual costs of such an event, the much awaited and much-debated Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibition is finally in town. As die-hard art fans already are aware of, it should have been in June, then moved to September, then was replaced by an Edward Hopper Exhibit. It wasn’t meant to be, Hopper went to Rome instead of Palazzo Chiablese (who wouldn’t!!!!) and Lautrec was postponed until late October.

Toulose-Lautrec, Jane Avril - poster (1893)
Toulose-Lautrec, Jane Avril – poster (1893)

The exhibition includes some 170 works never before displayed here in Italy, belonging to the exquisite collection at the Herakleidon Museum of Art in Athens, Greece. Among them, expect to see color lithographs (such as “Jane Avril”), posters (“The Passenger in Cabin 54” and “Aristide Bruant in His Cabaret” are maybe the best known), drawings in pencil and pen, promotional graphics and illustrations for newspapers (as those from “La Revue Blanche”).

Needless to say, Turin (and myself) craved such an event to gloriously end 2016, and people all sizes and shapes are expected to attend – crippled, but wide-eyed and surprisingly modern Viscount Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec had lots of tricks up his sleeve and a  keen eye when it came to presenting the unadorned face of the society and the people of his time.

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WHERE: Palazzo Chiablese, Piazzetta Reale 1, Turin

WHEN: from October 22nd, 2016 to March 5th, 2017; opening hours – on Mondays: from 14.30 to 19.30, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 to 19.30; Thursdays from 9.30 to 22.30

HOW MUCH: full € 13.00; reduced € 11.00 for visitors from 15 to 26 years, visitors over 65 with valid ID, disabled, teachers etc.; special reduction € 6.50 for children from 6 to 14 years; free admission for children up to 6 years of age, accompanying person to disabled visiting the exhibit, owners of Abbonamento Musei Torino Piemonte and Torino + Piemonte Card; FAMILY SPECIAL: adult € 11.00 – € 6.50 children (aged 6 to 14 years)

! SPECIAL OPENINGS: Monday, December 5th: 9.30 – 19.30; Tuesday, November 1st: 9.30 – 19.30; Thursday, December 8th: 9.30 – 19.30; Saturday, December 24th: 9.30 – 17.30; Sunday, December 25th: 14.30 – 19.30; Monday, December 26th: 9.30 – 19.30; Saturdays, December 31st: 9.30 – 17.30; Sunday, January 1st: 12.30 – 19.30; Monday, January 2nd: 9.30 – 19.30; Friday, January 6th: 9.30 – 19.30.

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