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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.

TURIN ROCK CONCERTS NOT TO MISS THIS FALL & WINTER

Kraftwerk

As always, the selection is quite subjective, but there you have it:

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams

KRAFTWERK 3D “The Catalogue” Concerts – at OGR Turin, on November 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th, 2017 at 19.30 pm and 22.30 pm

electronic rock, the original edition

BRYAN ADAMS – at PalaAlpitour, on November 12th, 2017 at 9.00 pm

mostly pop-rock, mostly nostalgic, mainly for the over 30s

Ara Malikian
Ara Malikian

ARA MALIKIAN – at Teatro Colosseo, on November 23rd, 2017 at 9.00 pm

for the fans of some good old folk & rock music, with a twist

DEPECHE MODE – at PalaAlpitour, on December 9th and 11th, 2017 at 9.00 pm

Here’s the Revolution!!!!!!!!!!


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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.

2016 DOCUMENTARY DEDICATED TO ROBERT DOISNEAU SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE ARTHOUSE TURIN

2016 Documentary on Robert Doisneau at Cinema Centrale Arthouse Turin
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)
Robert Doisneau, Le baiser de l’Hotel de ville (1950)Ro

This summer as always, Turin’s very own (niche) Cinema Centrale Arthouse unrelentlessly keeps on introducing some very interesting pieces of cinematography – in original language. This time, they bring, for the first time here in Italy, a 2016 documentary regarding one of the sacred monsters of photography: Robert Doisneau.

The documentary  – originally entitled Robert Doisneau, le révolté du merveilleux” – was  directed by Clémentine Deroudille, the artist’s own granddaughter, and wishes to acquaint the viewer with some novel (?!) aspects of Doisneau’s life and work. French critics found it a bit redundant and clichè at times, but that doesn’t mean it is not worth seeing it. At least for revisiting, one more time, some of papy‘s insights into the mundane.

Original trailer:

N.B. Screenings, thankfully, in the original French version (for connaisseurs, obviously), with Italian subs.


WHERE: Cinema Centrale Arthouse, via Carlo Alberto 27, Turin

WHEN: daily screenings from July 20th, 2017 until July 26th: 20/07 at 7 pm – 21/07 at 9.15 pm – 22/o7 at 4.45 pm – 23/07 at 7 pm – 24/07 at 7 pm – 25/07 at 9.15 pm – 26/07 at 4.45 pm

HOW MUCH: as part of the “Summer of Love” initiative, tickets at € 5 full price and € 3 reduced fee ( for over 65, under 18, university students under 26, the disabled)

2017 TURIN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR FEATURES RICHARD FORD AND DANIEL PENNAC

Richard Ford and Daniel Pennac at 2017 Turin International Book Fair - from May 18th to 22nd
30th Edition of Turin International Book Fair
30th Edition of Turin International Book Fair

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)

HOW MUCH: full fee €10,00

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

ISABELLE HUPPERT’S “L’AVENIR” SCREENING AT CINEMA CENTRALE – until May 3rd, 2017

''L'Avenir''(2016) screening at Cinema Centrale Athouse, Turin until 26th April, 2017

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.

Isabelle Huppert in ''L'Avenir''(2016)
Isabelle Huppert in ”L’Avenir”(2016)

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)

MILOS FORMAN RETROSPECTIVE AT CINEMA MASSIMO UNTIL MAY 1ST, 2017

'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' at Cinema Massimo, Turin

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.

'Hair' (1979)
‘Hair’ (1979)

Therefore, you might want to make some time on these particular days:

Wednesday, April 19th:

h. 16.00/17.45 The Loves of a Blonde (Cz 1965, 87’) 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)