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:
”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.
”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.
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.
Art lovers from & about Turin should rejoice: there’s a grand new event coming our way on March 18th, and it’s happening at Venaria Reale, of all places. This original video installation is dedicated to none other than the exceptional Michelangelo Merisi (aka Caravaggio)… I must confess I didn’t not who that was at first, but the title of the installation kind of gave that information out: ”Caravaggio Experience” promises to bring a hint of post-post(?) modernity to the work of the well known painter (to be more pricese, to exactly 57 of his artistic productions). Continue Reading
Palazzo Madama decided to prolong the display of the ”Words and Stars” installation ideated by Nobel-prize winner Orhan Pamuk and visual artist Grazia Toderi. If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s still time until March 29th, 2017.
Moreover, keep in mind that you can see it for free the first Wednesday of the month.
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. Continue Reading
Or, as the organizers like to put it: “a new, never-seen-before exhibition” entitled “Real Bodies”, especially designed for its worldwide premierein 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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
It’s not even December yet, but the great news just keep on coming!
Although it was supposed to end this November 13th, due to its resounding public success the surprisingly artistic and emotionally charged “On the Front Line. Women Photojournalists in War Zones” photography Exhibition on display at Palazzo Madama has been prolonged for two full months more, until January 16th, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.