”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.
From May 18th to May 22nd, 2017 Lingotto Fiere will house the much awaited Turin International Book Fair. This year’s edition is maybe the most important one so far, and not only because the event reached its 30th anniversary, but mostly because it is the first one since its administrative breakup with Milan (where a very similar rival festival was created last year). The 2017 edition is entitled ”Oltre i confini” – ”Beyond the boundaries” and wishes to address current issues such as geo-political and economic confinement, immigration, technological advancement and its effects.
Among the most noted guests, authors such as Richard Ford, Daniel Pennac, Annie Ernaux, Jonathan Lethem, Luis Sepulveda, Amitav Ghosh and many others. Moreover, this year the festival will spread outside its traditional spacial ”boundaries”, too, and will literally take over the city, with many additional events making Turin much more colourful these days: from reading shows on hot-air balloons or on submarines and featuring Jules Verne novels, to new takes on established fiction such as John Steinbeck’s ”Grapes of Wrath” by courtesy of none other than Alessandro Baricco. Mostly in Italian, but there will definitely be something for the English-only speakers, since there is a special panel called ”Another Side of America”.
WHERE: Lingotto Fiere, via Nizza, Turin
WHEN: from May 18th to May 22nd, 2017; every day from 10 am to 8 pm (after 8 pm, the Fair turns Off and continues with other events, concerts and meetings throughout the city)
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?
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
Since I am a huge fan of both actrice Isabelle Huppert and of director Mia Hansen-Love, I couldn’t let the opportunity of writing about their 2016 film pass me by. Cinema Centrale Arthouse, the one and only place in Turin where one can exclusively watch movies in their original language, is screening from April 20th until May 3rd, 2017, the multi-prized and stunningly poetic “L’avenir” (2016). The film will be in French, with Italian subtitles.
The movie was nominated last year to no less that 19 prizes across Europe and the Americas; it ultimately counted 7 wins, among wich the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, for Best Director. No small feat, I might say, for a 36 years old who directed only 5 films so far.
As for Huppert, I believe she is the most true to hearself and to womanhood in general artist of her generation and, why not, of many generations to come. Although her perfomance in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle” (2016) was memorable enough, I find her much more endearing and compelling in her role as the middle-aged Nathalie on her day-to-day life, full of family drama, loss, and self-consciousness.
WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin
WHEN: from April 20th until May 3rd, 2017
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)
Turin in spring is quite boring, since there are not so many choices these days for those of us curious to do & see something different. The cultural life of the city could use some refreshment, and maybe that’s why Museo del Cinema and Cinema Massimo dedicated almost an entire month to the screening of Milos Forman’s masterpieces. In original language – English that is, with the exception of ”The Loves of a Blonde”, filmed in Czechoslovakia before Forman moved to Hollywood –, with Italian subtitles.
Therefore, you might want to make some time on these particular days:
For those who may have missed this one-on-one encounter with the wonderful mysteries of (human) nature on display in Milan, there’s still time: the “Real Bodies” Exhibition in Lambrate has been prolonged until March 19th, 2017.
“If you take photographs, don’t speak, don’t write, don’t analyse yourself, and don’t answer any questions.” (Robert Doisneau)
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.
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)
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:
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).
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.
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.
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