After another busy week at Cittadellarte, we went to Turin for a short trip. The journey started at the Castello di Rivoli, a former castle that has been bombed during the 2nd World War and, since 1984 (year of its inauguration), has been hosting several significant contemporary art works, playing a fundamental role within the visual arts scene in Italy. One of the aspects of their approach that mostly called my attention was the large spaces dedicated to the artists and their installation: differently from many institutions (such as Tate Modern and Britain, in London or the Centre Pompidou, in Paris), in which you find really big rooms filled with artworks from a number of artists, at the Castello di Rivoli there are majorly one big installation per room and the works are arranged carefully, following both the needs of the artists and the curatorial program of the space. According to Marianna Cecellio, assistant curator at the institution, the choice of the rooms, works to be displayed and the way the setting up will be done through the dialogue between the artists and the curators, always considering the possible dialogues between the artwork, the space and the audience. I personally think that they are doing a great work, as I’ve never seen an exhibition with so much space for reflection, interpretation and a deep experience of the artworks, a really powerful experience! My highlights are the works of James Lee Byars (The wand), Olafur Eliasson (The sun has no money), Maurizio Cattelan (Untitled) and Giuseppe Penone (Casket). For more information about our visit, please visit the UNIDEE 2011’s blog.

Even though our visit to the city was mainly due to the Castello di Rivoli, it was just impossible for me to return on the same day, as I had to experience a bit more of the city…

I found Turin very welcoming and interesting, full of graffiti, cultural activities and friendly people. There’s a nice mix of rough, old environments with a cool looking, added to a busy cultural agenda; everything situated within a concise urban environment. It was one of those places that you visit and get that feeling of “I have to come back”, to experience and discover more and more. The sense of space in the city is very different from London and São Paulo, but slightly similar to Paris, as one can find wide streets as well as blocks and whole areas rigorously well planned. In Turin, you have the sense of a big city, but with well spread areas, so you don’t feel oppressed at all.

The development of the architecture was one the aspects that strongly called my attention, as it is possible to spot dozens of cranes whilst walking around the city. It was quite impressive to see such a number of constructions in a relatively small urban perimeter, differently then London, for example, where there are countless construction works, but spreads throughout a much wider urban setting. Another aspect that I could notice is that the great majority of the new buildings are residential developments, so one can tell how much Turin has been attracting more and more people every day.

On Thursday evening, we went to the SUB URB ART festival (located in a former factory now due to be demolished to give space for a new housing development) organized by local artists, which was a great opportunity to meet new people (such as the artists Matteo “Raw Tella“, Giux and Mattia Lullini) as well as to experience a little bit of the underground art scene of the city. A big thank you to Matteo “Raw Tella”, who hosted me for that night at the HQ, and bloody well done for the amazing work!


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