Robert Doisneau exhibition at Forte di Bard until May 1st 2017
“If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions.”
(Robert Doisneau)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)

Since the Helmut Newton exhibition in Genova ended some time ago, photography fans can quelch their thirst for quality visual “stimulation” with the “Robert Doisneau. Icons” Exhibition on display at Forte di Bard until May 1st, 2017. By the courtsy of the Robert Doisneau Atelier in Paris and the Bard Association, the Italian (and not only) public will have the chance to see some of the most “iconic” photos taken in the history of photography.

Robert Doisneau, Le pains du Picasso (1952)
Robert Doisneau, Le pains du Picasso (1952)

Beginning with his famous Le baiser de l’Hôtel de ville (1950) – which was a staged shot, if the artist himself it to be trusted – , Doisneau made a name for himself as an exponent of the “humanist” photography trend emerging in the cultural capital of Europe right after WW II, and thus as the founding father, along with Henri Cartier-Bresson – another monstre sacré -, of street photojournalism. Without a doubt, Doisneau’s trademarks are his portraits (of children, random people in the city parks or on the streets, or of some of the most influencing personalities of his time) and his extraordinary ability to imortalize the hidden charms and unintentional poetry of the everyday life.

WHERE: Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley

WHEN: ends May 1st, 2017

HOW MUCH: full price € 7,00, reduced € 5,00 for visitors over 65 years old and for minors from 6 to 18 years old; free entrence for under 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Torino Musei; audioguides € 2,00 (couples € 3,00)


Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Little Tower of Babel (1563)

There are only a couple of weeks left for the “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish Art” Exhibition currently on display at Venaria Reale. For those still needing convincing, here are 3 awesome reasons for visiting it:

Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, The Dutch Proverbs (1559)
  1. Among many others, it relevantly discusses (and displays) some of the artists which greatly influenced the work of Pieter Brueghel the Elder: you’ll get the chance to see works signed by none other than Hieronymus Bosch (yup, the one with the funny visions of hell & such).
  2. The event sheds some delightfully clarifying light upon one of Pieter Brueghel the Elder’s most famous works – ”The Danish Proverbs”, whose abundance of references usually goes misunderstood, – and upon the artist’s obvious love for word play.
  3. Now is your chance to finally figure out who painted what & who was the father/son/nephew/son-in-law etc. of whom in the great Brueghel family tree, since there are so many of them, and they seem to have ran out of names, sometimes around the 1550’s.

More information on the event here

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Wassily Kandinsky on display in Milan

2017 announces to be a great year for art lovers and museum goers currently living in Piedmont or coming our way. Milan – by my humble opinion the cultural capital of this part of Italy (Torinese, don’t shoot the messenger, I’m merely stating a fact) – expects tourists by the thousands this year, too, since it prepares some of the most interesting exhibitions in the country. Starting this spring, we can enjoy:

Keith Haring, Untitled (against family violence) (1989)
Keith Haring, Untitled (against family violence) (1989)
  1. ”Kandinskij, the Knight-Errant” – from March 15th until July 9th, at MUDEC; the exhibition focuses on the relationship between the Russian painter’s art and his propensity for science, with exploration and travel functioning as leitmotifs of his own existence.
  2. Edouard Manet, The balcony (1868-1869)
    Edouard Manet, The balcony (1868-1869)

    ”Keith Haring – About Art” – from February 20th to June 18th, at Palazzo Real; aims at introducing, for the first time here in Italy, the entire artistic production of this unusual trend-setter and the different causes he embraced as an activist.

  3. Edouard Manet and the Paris of his time – from March 8th until July 2nd, also at Palazzo Reale; the event features some of the artist’s masterpieces currently on display at Museé D’Orsay and depicting some of the elements which transformed Paris into the city we know (and love) today.