Turin’s own Palazzo Madama is a rising star on the sky of my personal museum preferences: from photography exhibitions to literature flavored installations, it seem to have it all. Its latest accomplishment: the wonderful display of one of the biggest and most important Italian private art collections: that of diplomat, museum director and art connoisseur Vittorio Emanuele Taparelli d’Azeglio (1816-1890). The exhibition, available from December 2nd, 2016 to March 6th,2017 and entitled “Collecting as Passion”, reflects nothing but the lifelong penchant the Turin-born aristocrat had for ceramics and gilded glass, for graffiti and paintings and the lengths he went to in order to acquire his most valuable pieces. Also, couldn’t harm the fact that his own (let’s call it successful money-wise) family already had in store some pretty amazing collectibles.
Wait a minute, who?
Well, he’s the Italian piano guy with the messy hair, the one who speaks a bit funny and seems to be residing in another realm (I personally would place him among the elves, now that I finished Muriel Barbery’s fantasy novel on their life and artistic proclivities).
Without further ado, Giovanni Allevi and his pointy ears will mesmerize our ears, eyes and very souls during an extraordinary Turin concert at Teatro Colosseo on January 6th, 2017. The event is part of a bigger Italian tour entitled “Symphonic Celebration Tour” that celebrates the artist’s 25 years of live performances. As usually, Allevi will undertake the triple role of composer, pianist and orchestra conductor: he will perform some of the pieces that made him famous worldwide and will conduct some of Tchaikovsky, Puccini and Rossini’s masterpieces.
Since there are so few places in and around Turin to screen movies in their original language, I might as well write about them and help them become even more popular among cinephiles of all shapes and colors. If you count yourself among those who – just like me – absolutely HATE seeing dubbed movies, then the list of titles to be checked out before Christmas at Cinema Centrale Arthouse in Turin is the following:
- Clint Eastwood’s “Sully” (2016) – ends Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
- Tim Burton’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016) – from Thursday, December 15th until Wednesday 21st, 2016
- Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016) – from Thursday, December 22nd until Wednesday 28th, 2016
WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, Via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin
WHEN: usual screening hours: 16:00 – 18:00 – 20:00 – 22:00 (give or take 5-10 mins)
HOW MUCH: € 8 (Saturday, Sunday and legal holidays), € 7,50 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday), € 5 (all days except Wednesdays for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, disabled), € 4,50 (all Wednesdays, for everyone)
Or, as the organizers like to put it: “a new, never-seen-before exhibition” entitled “Real Bodies”, especially designed for its worldwide premiere in Milan, available until March 19th, 2017. On display, you are promised to find over 350 organs (some affected by chronic diseases or by the aging process) and entire human bodies (such as the athletes’ gallery immortalizing 12 postures characteristic to sports such as football, basketball, dance and fencing).
Well, to be truly honest, the idea is not that new, since the first who came up with this controversial plan of showcasing real body parts and bodies was Gunther von Hagens – the (in)famous inventor of the process of plastination, whose 1995 display became a world phenomenon and attracted more than 37 million visitors (!!!). Which makes the Milan event only the newest – and biggest so far – approach to the fascinating universe encapsulated by the human body, with its strengths, its weaknesses, and its wonderful peculiarities.
Besides the many and colorful mercatini di Natale which have joyfully invaded our beautiful (and noisy) city, there is also a brand-new unusual and exotic exhibition in town. Housed by the Museum of Oriental Arts (MAO) – where else? – from December 3rd, 2016 to February 19th, 2017 and entitled ‘‘FIGURES OF DREAMS. Marionettes, puppets, shadows in the Oriental theater”, the event promises to be the first exhibition in Italy dedicated exclusively to the phenomenon of Oriental puppetry.
In other words (or cutting through the bombastic announcement), the visitor will be able to enjoy the display of no less than 400 figures belonging to the personal collection of Augusto Grilli – a passionate Italian collector and founder of the company that bears his name, which document the fascinating and complex world of the Chinese, Indian, Nepalese, Vietnamese, Javanese, Burmese, Turkish and Greek shadows, puppets and marionettes.
If you happen to be circling the city center on December 16th and you’ve got some change in your pockets (1 EURO might just be enough) make sure you make a long stop at Palazzo Madama – that particular Friday Turin celebrates alla grande the museum’s 10th anniversary and also its much-awaited re-opening (yippee!!! full access to the entire museum, no more undergoing works).
The organizers though that the celebration could be made worthwhile by throwing in the equation this awesome 1 EURO entrance fee and prolonged visiting hours, too. The formula worked quite nicely this fall and proved its efficiency in bringing lots of visitors in, therefore the cold days outside and the chance of visiting permanent and temporary collections almost for free seem like a match made in heaven.