For those of you yearning for some hidden corner where peace and quiet hold hands with quality art and the chance for (self)exploration, “Ettore Fico” Museum might just do the trick. It is one of the latest additions to Turin’s (already) long list of art museums, open since 2009 and focusing mainly on international modern and contemporary creators and creations, but featuring interesting incursions into ancient art, too, just from a different perspective than we’re used to.
What makes a murderer? Can crime and criminal behavior really be predicted? Well, no, I’m not trying to sell you yet another spin-off of Philip K. Dick’s (or, for that matter, Spielberg’s) “Minority Report”, nor do I wish to engage into a hot debate concerning humanity’s penchant for violence. My only intention is that of bringing to your attention one of Turin’s hidden gems: the Museum of Criminal Anthropology “Cesare Lombroso”. Next time when you visit Turin, take a peek inside its fascinating (and at times quite creepy) halls.
After the huge success of the now-almost-ended Marilyn Monroe exhibition, Palazzo Madama dedicates yet another event to the miracle of femininity and its many shapes and expressions. This time, we’re talking about a more serious topic, closer to our present reality: a photography exhibition entitled “On the Front Line. Women Photojournalists in War Zones”, on display from October 7th to January 16th, 2017. It features 70 captions from the work of some of the most important female photojournalists sent to document, with empathy and compassion, the many faces of the wars breaking to pieces the so-called “third world”: Gaza, Palestine, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Central African Republic etc.
These days the curators at Venaria Reale are preparing yet another event to cement out undying love and devotion: a special exhibition dedicated to the Brueghel clan and their masterpieces, entitled “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish Art” and starting September 21st and lasting until February 19th of next year.
The dispay is meant to bring togheter and put in an unifying light over 150 years of family art created during the 16th and the 17th centuries, namely the works of the master Peter Brueghel the Elder, his sons Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder, grandson Jan Brueghel the Younger and great-grandson Abraham, together with paintings signed by Marten van Cleve, who greatly admired and emulated the first one.
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For those curious enough to explore and experience how it felt to actually live in one of the most opulent and luxurious royal estates in Europe (and not only) there is a glamorous exhibition entitled “The Wonders of the Tsars” in place at Venaria Reale. The display features around one hundred objects belonging to the Romanov Imperial Palace of Peterhof, Russia, such as paintings, dresses, porcelain, tapestry and precious stones, with large projections and images of the estate reinforcing the realism of the visit.
I recently found out there is another important photography exhibition not to be missed when in (or about) Turin. The die-hard fans of Magnum Photos and black and white pieces can put on their dancing shoes and revel in the news, there is a magnificent and very comprising Elliott Erwitt Retrospective happening these days, open until November 13th.
I have recently found out that CAMERA – THE ITALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY (i.e. Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) features until August 14th an exceptional event dedicated to none other than Edward Weston, one of the most innovative and influential artists of his time, deemed to have changed the way we see modern photography.
If you are intent on giving Turin and its (furnace-like) heat a chance during the summer you may also want to take into consideration a short trip to the city center, where Palazzo Madama welcomes you with a very posh and quite melancholic exhibition open to all Marilyn Monroe fans out there.
The event, entitled “La donna oltre il mito” (The Woman Beyond the Myth) wishes to depict the real woman behind all the Hollywood glamour, the person and not the flamboyant diva bent on seducing with her pouty lips and luscious body.
“Those who wonder discover that this in itself is a wonder.” (M.C. Escher)
I know, I know, Milan is not Turin. Still, it is only one hour and a half away, either by car or by train. And it’s worth it.
One of Milan’s finest, also close to the Dome and to the Scala Theatre, Palazzo Reale houses these days an event dedicated to M.C. Escher and to his impossible realities, featuring more than 200 pieces of his woodart, lithographs, and mezzotints.