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EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO LADY DIANA AT VENARIA REALE – ends January 28th, 2018

Exhibition Dedicated to Lady Diana at Venaria Reale Turin - ends January 28th 2018

A free spirit. Charity worker. Public figure. Fashion icon. Princess. Mother. Wife. Lover. Sadly, one of the most photographed persons in the world.

Diana, Harry and William
Diana, Harry and William

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.

The visitors will have the chance to admire some of the most famous shots depicting the Princess, as well as stories, testimonies and references to newspapers relating about her life or other relevant events.


WHERE: Salle dei Paggi, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale

WHEN: currently on display, ends January 28th, 2018

HOW MUCH: full €12, reduced €10 for over 65 and groups of at least 12 people, €6 for 6 to 21 years of age, free admission for children under the age of 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Musei.

GIOVANNI BOLDINI EXHIBITION AT VENARIA REALE – until January 28th, 2018

Giovanni Boldini, Portrait of Mademoiselle De Nemidoff (1908)

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, 2018 the 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.


WHERE: Salle delle Arti, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale

WHEN: from July 29th, 2017 until January 28th, 2018

HOW MUCH: full €14, reduced €12 for over 65 and groups of at least 12 people, €8 for 6 to 21 years of age, free admission for children under the age of 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Musei.

STEVE MCCURRY AND HIS MOUNTAIN MEN AT FORTE DI BARD, AOSTA VALLEY – until November 26th, 2017

Steve McCurry's ''Mountain Men'' Exhibition in Aosta Valley - until November 26th, 2017
Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005
Steve McCurry, Litang, Tibet, 2005

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. The exhibition 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.


WHERE: Forte di Bard, Aosta Valley

WHEN: from May 28th until November 26th, 2017; closed on Mondays

HOW MUCH: admission fee €9; reduced fee €7 for students, for visitors over 65 years old and for minors from 6 to 18 years of age; free entrance for the disabled and children up to 5 years old

 

VIVIAN MAIER RETROSPECTIVE AT PALAZZO DUCALE IN GENOVA – until October 8th, 2017

Vivian Maier, Self-portrait (1955)

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. 

Vivian Maier, New York (1954)Vivian Maier, New York (1954)
Vivian Maier, New York (1954)

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.

Vivian Maier, Chicago (1956)
Vivian Maier, Chicago (1956)

For those who do not know the full story of how this marvelous artists and her photos achieved international fame and iconic status, there’s a very thorough multi-prized 2013 documentary entitled “Finding Vivian Maier”, written and directed by John Maloof himself – i.e. the one who bought Maier’s box full of untouched negatives during an auction and happily became the very first to introduce her work to the world:


WHERE: Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Mateotti 9, Genova

WHEN:  from June 23rd until October 8th, 2017

HOW MUCH: open ticket €12;  full price €10; reduced fee €8 for the disabled and for those aged from 19 to 27 years old; reduced fee  €3 for under 18 years old, free admission for children under 6.

PETER LINDBERGH EXHIBITION AT VENARIA REALE – from October 7th, 2017

Peter Lindbergh Exhibition at Venaria Reale from October 7th, 2017

“There will never be anything like the era of the supermodel again…” (Peter Lindbergh)

Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh (2015)
Kate Moss by Peter Lindbergh (2015)

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.

Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot.


WHERE: Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale

WHEN: from October 7th, 2017 until February 4th, 2018

HOW MUCH: full €12, reduced €10 for over 65 and groups of at least 12 people, €6 for 6 to 21 years of age, free admission for children under the age of 6 and for owners of Abbonamento Musei.

FRANCO FONTANA’S LANDSCAPES EXHIBITED AT PALAZZO MADAMA – until October 23rd, 2017

”You find only what you already know and you understand only what you’ve already learned…”  (Franco Fontana)

There is a brand-new photography exhibition in town, and it fully deserves the 8 EURO entrance fee, and many many times more!!! Palazzo Madama’s Medieval Court, right at the very heart of Turin, houses – from July 13th until October 23rd, 2017 – the colorful ”Franco Fontana. Landscapes” Exhibition.

The exhibition is curated by photography expert Walter Guadagnini, Director of CAMERA – Italian Center for the Photography of Turin – and comprises twenty-five large format images borrowed from the UniCredit Art Collection, one of the biggest corporate collections in Europe nowadays.

There would be much more to say about the photographer himself, but I believe that the essence of his artistic credo can easily be grasped simply by analyzing his creations: nature, humanity at large and at small, intimate emotions such as love, joy, sorrow, and ultimately life itself can only be seen and understood in color. Or, as Fontana prefers to put it, ”the purpose of art is to make visible the invisible ”.


WHERE: Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello, Turin

WHEN: from July 13th until October 23rd, 2017; the museum is closed on Tuesdays

HOW MUCH: full €8,00; reduced fee €5,00 for minors under 18 and for people with disabilities; free entry for minors under 6 and for holders of Abbonamento Musei & Torino Card.

MAGNUM CELEBRATES 70TH ANIVERSARY AT CAMERA TURIN – ends May 21st, 2017

Martin Parr, Venice, Italy (Italy, 1989)

This year, Magnum Photos celebrates 70 years of age. It must have been challenging, over the years, to bear witness to so many significant historical events and social and cultural turmoil, while actively trying to change the course of history. The company (and its founders & many eyes) has aged well and has yet to “catch” the real, unadorned image of our planet and ultimately, of ourselves. As their motto, their aspiration  towards “challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.” The expression itself “activist photography” is, in my opinion, deeply tautological. Is there any OTHER kind of photography out there?

Martin Parr, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy, 1990)
Martin Parr, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy, 1990)

Turin’s very own CAMERA (Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) celebrates the event with an exhibition entitled “L’Italia di Magnum – From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin, lasting until May 21st, 2017. Curated by Walter Guadagnini, the event brings together over two hundred photos depicting Italy from the 1940s to the present day and reunites yet again the likes of Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed, Ferdinando Scianna, Elliott Erwitt, Mark Power, Paolo Pellegrin, Thomas Hoepker, Chris Steele-Perkins, Thomas Dworzak, Erich Lessing, Robert Capa, Patrick Zachmann, Herbert List, and Bruno Barbey. Continue Reading

“ROBERT DOISNEAU. ICONS” EXHIBITION AT FORTE DI BARD UNTIL MAY 1ST, 2017

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)

3 REASONS WHY THE BRUEGHELS’ EXHIBITION AT VENARIA IS A MUST

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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