METAMORPHOSIS: THE TRAINING CYCLE AND THE JURY

METAmorphosis, the second episode of Beyond Production, the project organized by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT together with Artissima, in collaboration with OGR Torino, begins with the involvement of four artists and four galleries, taking part in an educational voyage to discover the potential of the Metaverse, and with the announcement of the jury of the OGR Award.

As in Surfing NFT, the first episode of Beyond Production, the Metaverse is approached through a critical perspective on the phenomenon, to train art world professionals and to inform the public at large. As in the first chapter, the METAmorphosis project moves forward with the partnership of Artshell software house for the art market, and LCA Studio Legale for the legal aspects. A new dialogue has been initiated with REVIBE – Metaverse Experience Factory, residing in OGR Tech.

The four artists and the respective galleries participating in the project were selected during the fair, based on careful study on the part of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of the National Museum of Digital Art in Milan and creator of Surfing NFT. They are: Marcos Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris, Venice / Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia / Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London / R M – Martina Simeti, Milan.

The participating artists, thanks to a training cycle of three sessions, are presently exploring the politics and visions of new digital worlds, with the support of the project partners and experts in the field. Above all, they investigate the potentialities and limits of creativity in the Metaverse. The encounters set out to provide the artists with the correct foundations on which to invent a project – thanks to a production budget provided by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT – that narrates the digital transformation one of their physical works might have in the Metaverse, particularly in a 3D digital version of the dome of OGR Torino, uploaded and visible on the Spatial platform.

The projects will be submitted to the jury of the OGR Award, which will choose the artist who has formulated the most innovative, stimulating and critical interpretation of the initial brief: to imagine how their own research and their own physical artworks could be transformed in response to the potential and limits of the Metaverse.

The international jury of the OGR Award will be composed of: Amira Gad, head of programmes of LAS – Light Art Space in Berlin; Lars Henrik Gass, director of the International Festival Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen; Samuele Piazza, senior curator of OGR Torino; and Domenico Quaranta, art critic, curator, lecturer and author of Beyond New Media Art and Surfing with Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT.

The winner, to be announced at the start of March 2023, will have the opportunity – thanks to the technological support of the partners involved in the project – to concretely produce their project idea, digitalizing their own physical work in the ways they have imagined. Both the physical work and its digital counterpart will be acquired thanks to the budget of the OGR Award, becoming part of the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT on loan to OGR Torino.

The winning physical and digital works will also be set up in the physical and virtual dome of OGR Torino, during an event on METAmorphosis in the month of May 2023.

METAMORPHOSIS

Sunday November 6 | 4 artists announced for METAmorphosis, the second edition of the Beyond Production platform born from the collaboration of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT and Artissima that in 2022 invites contemporary artists to explore the phenomenon of the Metaverse. After careful selection of artists taking part in the fair on the part of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of the National Museum of Digital Art in Milan, the four artists have been announced during a talk at the Meeting Point:

Marcos Lutyens – Alberta Pane, Paris, Venice
Eva & Franco Mattes – Apalazzogallery, Brescia
Rebeca Romero – Copperfield, London
R M – Martina Simeti, Milan

METAmorphosis, after offering the participants a formative journey in the Metaverse, its politics and visions, will ask the artists to present an idea that illustrates the digital transformation of one of their physical artworks within the Metaverse.
An international jury will choose the artist who has interpreted – in the most original, stimulating and critical way – the request to imagine how their research, and therefore their work, could be transformed if their life environment was deeply influenced by the logic of existence in the Metaverse. The winner will have the opportunity to digitalize a physical work in keeping with their own imagination. Both the physical and the virtual works will be acquired thanks to the OGR Award and will become part of the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, on loan to OGR Torino.

NEW ACQUISITIONS OF FONDAZIONE PER L’ARTE MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA CRT AT ARTISSIMA 2022

Turin, 5 November 2022 – Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT continues its two decades of support for the international fair Artissima in 2022, acquiring 10 new works created by 7 artists. The works become part of the collections the Foundation has been building for years, earmarked for public viewing: important pieces by Klaus Rinke, Rossella Biscotti and Pietro Moretti enter the permanent holdings of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, while 4 works by Claudia Losi, Francesco Gennari, Simone Forti and Nicolò Cecchella will be exhibited in the spaces of GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna di Torino.

 

For 20 years, Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, the operative agency of Fondazione CRT, has been a constant partner of Artissima, supporting it with an extensive programme of acquisitions, with the conviction that Artissima represents an extraordinary opportunity for the city of Turin, consolidating its role in the international scene.

 

“Once again this year, Fondazione Arte CRT confirms its support for Artissima – says Luisa Papotti, president of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT – through a process of acquisition from the galleries taking part in the fair, selecting works for the permanent collections of museums: the choices have been made by the directors according to coherent criteria in relation to their holdings, in collaboration with the Committee of Experts of the Foundation. The two museums are thus able to expand their collections, conserving their truly contemporary character”.

 

Over the years, through the acquisitions inside Artissima the Foundation has fostered an extensive contemporary art collection, now one of the most prestigious on a national and international level: over 900 works that range from painting to sculpture, video to photography, large installations to NFTs, created by about 300 artists – for an overall investment of over 40 million euros.

The works have all been made available for public viewing through loan agreements with the two museums, which are responsible for the display of the works inside the museums or in other exhibition contexts. The program confirms the importance of the Foundation’s action to support contemporary art museums in the metropolitan area.

 

Works acquired for the benefit of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art

“The new acquisitions for Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art augment the collection in line with the museum’s focus on national and international developments in art from the 1960s to the present, concentrating on highly acclaimed artists as well as rising talents. In tune with the important body of works of Arte Povera, one of the acquisitions brings a piece by the artist of the Düsseldorf group Klaus Rinke (1939), titled Durchs Bild Format gehen von rechts nach links (Through the image format go from right to left), 1972, into an Italian public museum for the first time. This unique work has an important background of exhibitions and was shown at MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1974. A second acquisition involves the Italian artist Rossella Biscotti (1978), with the purchase of the work Trees on Land, 2021, in reference to the epidemic of Xylella fastidiosa, which since 2013 in Puglia has seriously damaged the olive groves. The four amphorae in clay mixed with ashes from burnt trees form a large installation. Finally, another acquisition is from the emerging artist Pietro Moretti (1996), whose painting of an expressionist character narrates the fragility of the present moment. The work by Moretti is La visita, un’altra visita (The Visit, Another Visit, 2022), a large canvas whose subject is a hospital scene with Kafkian overtones, rendered with acid colours and unnatural tones”, says Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Works:

Rossella Biscotti

Trees on Land, 2021

4 unique artworks

handmade jars with terracotta and ash

60 X 60 x 100 cm each

Galerie mor charpentier

 

Pietro Moretti

La visita, un’altra visita, 2022

Oil on canvas

150 x 250 cm

Galleria Doris Ghetta

 

Klaus Rinke

Durchs bild format gehen von rechts nach links, 1972

Silver salts print, one-of-a-kind work composed of 16 photographs

59 X 42 cm each

Galleria Thomas Brambilla

 

 

 

Works acquired for the benefit of GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna di Torino

“With the acquisitions at Artissima 2022, GAM expands the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte CRT and the collection of the museum with works by artists that represent the best of internationally acclaimed Italian art, ensuring the presence of rare historical pieces and recent creations, to carefully weave meaningful relationships with the already acquired heritage. The historic series by Simone Forti, Illuminations (Illuminazioni), from 1972, joins a video from 1973 by the same artist, already in the CRT collection. “Arazzo” (Tapestry) by Claudia Losi enters the collection as a living work that began in 1995 and is still in progress. The museum will welcome the artist on an annual basis to continue the embroidery with a seasonal rhythm. The Autoritratto su menta (Self-portrait on mint) by Francesco Gennari, 2020, joins the sculpture by the same artist inside the collection, triggering a dual presence that is both metaphysical and figurative. Finally, with the desire to grant space for the research of younger artists, GAM has selected the work Marsia (2017-2022) by Nicolò Cecchella, reflecting the force of rethinking and updating the ancient technique of casting”, says Riccardo Passoni, director of GAM– Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna di Torino.

Works:

Nicolò Cecchella

Marsia, 2015-2022

Cement, river sand, iron, paper, rubber, platinum silicone

103 x 82 x 23 cm

Galleria Cardelli & Fontana

 

Simone Forti

Illuminations (Illuminazioni), 1972

Vegetable ink and graphite on parchment

33 x 26.7 x 3.8 cm (with frame)

Galleria Raffaella Cortese

 

Francesco Gennari

Autoritratto su menta, 2020

Ink print on 100% cotton paper, in walnut frame by artist

44 X 31.5X 4 cm (with frame)

Galerie Ciaccia Levi

 

Claudia Losi

Arazzo, 1995 in progress

Cotton and wool fabric with blackberry vegetable dye

250 X 150 cm

Galleria Monica De Cardenas

 

Here is the link to available images and photographic credits

ARTISSIMA 2022 | METAMORPHOSIS

Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT and Artissima continue their reflections on the most innovative trends in contemporary art, investigating their relationship with transformations of the society, with a central focus on works of art and the historical/cultural value of collecting. Beyond Production sums up the key identifying aspects of both: research on innovative projects, an accent on curating, with openness to contamination.

After the 2021 edition featuring the project Surfing NFT, in 2022 during the fair Beyond Production launches its second episode METAmorphosis, to explore the phenomenon of the Metaverse.

As in the case of Surfing NFT, here the objective is to explore the Metaverse and to reveal its strong points and shortcomings, providing a critical vision of the phenomenon that can be informative and instructive for art world professionals (galleries and artists) and the general public. Offering participants a formative journey in the Metaverse, its politics and visions, the project stimulates reflections on the potentialities and limits imposed on creativity by these new worlds, which like the real world have their own physical laws and tenets of sustainability.

Not lastly, the project reminds us of the fundamental values and processes that form the basis for the art market and its value chain, in order to continue to grasp the underlying impact of human relations, both in the enjoyment of art and in its production and sale.

After careful selection of artist taking part in the fair on the part of Ilaria Bonacossa, director of the National Museum of Digital Art in Milan and creator of Surfing NFT in 2021 as director of Artissima, during the days of the fair, a talk at the Meeting Point on Sunday 6 November at 4:30 PM will include the announcement of the 4 galleries and 4 artists who will participating in the project in the months following the event.

After having involved the selected galleries and artists in an educational cycle of encounters on the Metaverse and its potential in the field of art, thanks to a production budget provided by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT the artists will be able to present an idea that illustrates the digital transformation of one of their physical artworks within the Metaverse. The artists will have to imagine a 3D digital alter ego of the work, which will find a place in the virtual 3D space of the Cathedral of OGR Torino, visible on the Spatial platform, an environment of the Metaverse.

The project ideas of the four artists announced during the fair will be evaluated by an international jury of the OGR Award, to be announced in the month of December. The jury will choose the artist who has interpreted – in the most original, stimulating and critical way – the request to imagine how their research, and therefore their work, could be transformed if their life environment was deeply influenced by the logic of existence in the Metaverse.

The winner will have the opportunity to digitalize a physical work in keeping with their own imagination. Both the physical and the virtual works will be acquired thanks to the budget of the OGR Award and will become part of the collection of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, on loan to OGR Torino.

The project also confirms its partnership with the contemporary design studio Artshell, and the law firm of LCA Studio Legale, along with the activation of a new dialogue with REVIBE – Metaverse Experience Factory, a resident start-up in OGR Tech.

 

Domenica 6 Novembre h 4.30 @ Artissima Meeting Point
will be announcement of the 4 galleries and 4 artists who will participating in the project!

ACCRESCERE LE COLLEZIONI, ACCRESCERE LE COMPETENZE

Sabato 5 November h 4.30 @ Artissima Meeting Point 

Artissima, which the Fondazione Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT has been actively supporting for 20 years, represents an extraordinary opportunity to promote the territorial public museums, GAM and Castello di Rivoli, through the acquisition of works intended for museum exhibition.

On this occasion, President Luisa Papotti will announce the new acquisitions concluded at the fair to confirm the importance and continuity of the support from Fondazione Arte CRT to the Turinese event. The Museum Directors, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Riccardo Passoni, will then present the selected works of art, which will implement the Foundation’s collection while supporting the exhibition and curatorial activity of the two institutions.

The meeting will also be a chance to underline the Foundation’s commitment to offering and promoting real opportunities to grow professional skills in the world of art and culture, by inviting Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo to talk about the CAMPO – Curatorial Studies and Practices program, proposed by the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, a training course of excellence established over 10 years ago, and supported since the first editions by the Fondazione Arte CRT.

VENT’ANNI DI SOSTEGNO ALLA PIÙ IMPORTANTE FIERA D’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA ITALIANA

Presentata oggi in conferenza stampa alle Gallerie d’Italia la prossima edizione di Artissima che si terrà a Torino dal 4 al 6 novembre 2022.

La Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT conferma anche quest’anno il proprio sostegno alla fiera attraverso la campagna di acquisizioni a favore della GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea e del Castello di Rivoli; lanciando il secondo episodio di Beyond Production, l’avventura progettuale iniziata nel 2021 con Surfing NFT e che nel 2022 affronterà il tema del Metaverso; confermando per il quinto anni il supporto ad OGR Award.

La Fondazione è partner convinto della fiera da 20 anni, e ne condivide da sempre la sua capacità di attrarre gallerie, artisti, collezionisti e curatori tra i più interessanti a livello internazionale, con la promessa di una fiera sperimentale, innovativa e di ricerca.

 

LUISA PAPOTTI PRESIDENTE DI FONDAZIONE ARTE CRT

Torino, 26 luglio 2022 – Il Cda della Fondazione CRT, presieduto da Giovanni Quaglia, ha indicato Luisa Papotti quale Presidente della Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, il cui Cda in serata ha poi provveduto alla nomina stessa.

Già Soprintendente Archeologia Belle Arti e Paesaggio per la città metropolitana di Torino, Luisa Papotti subentra ad Anna Ferrino alla guida del Cda della Fondazione Arte, composto anche da Caterina Bima (notaio) e Gianni Arnaudo (architetto). Il compito del Cda sarà ridefinire lo Statuto della Fondazione Arte, in stretta connessione con la Fondazione CRT.

“Ringrazio Anna Ferrino e Marco Giovannini, rispettivamente Presidente e Consigliere uscenti, per il grande impegno nel supportare, promuovere e valorizzare il sistema dell’arte contemporanea come fattore di sviluppo culturale, sociale ed economico del territorio e del Paese”, afferma il Presidente della Fondazione CRT Giovanni Quaglia.

I CROWD CRYSTAL DI AGNIESZKA KURANT: DALLA NATURA ALLA CULTURA E VICEVERSA

Nell’ambito del programma culturale della mostra Naturecultures Lunedì 21 giugno ore 18:30 in Live Streeming | Marianna Vecellio presentarà il lavoro dell’artista Agnieszka Kurant.

La conversazione introdurrà la pratica dell’artista e il lavoro in mostra e indagherà il rapporto con l’Arte povera, mettendo in evidenza l’esperienza fisica dell’energia e della natura, e il potenziale delle comunità sociali nel mondo digitale narrato nelle opere dell’artista.

Incontro in lingua inglese con possibilità di traduzione simultanea.

Prenota e scopri qui le modalità di partecipazione.

BIOGRAFIE

Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, Polonia, 1978) è un’artista concettuale il cui lavoro analizza l’intelligenza collettiva, l’intelligenza non umana (dai microbi all’Intelligenza Artificiale), il futuro del lavoro della creatività, e lo sfruttamento insito nella sorveglianza del capitalismo.

Kurant è destinataria del Premio LACMA A+T 2020, del Premio Frontier Art 2019, del Google AMI Grant Award 2022 e del Pollock-Krasner Grant Award 2018.

Le sue personali e i suoi progetti includono Crowd Crystal al Castello di Rivoli a Torino (2021-2022), The End of Signature al MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2022); Errorism al Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz (2021); The End of Signature, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2015); Exformation, Sculpture Center, New York (2013-2014) e al Padiglione Polonia alla 12sima Biennale di Venezia di Architettura (con A. Wasilkowska, 2010).

Il suo lavoro è stato recentemente presentato in mostre come Shifting the Silence al SFMOMA in San Francisco, Broken Nature al Museum of Modern Art in New York, Cybernetics of the Poor at Kunsthalle Wien, Uncanny Valley al De Young Museum, San Francisco, alla Biennale di Instanbul, Our Silver City al Nottingham Contemporary, Proof of Stake all’ Hamburger Kunstverein, The Age of Extreme Self al MOCA Toronto e alla Triennale di Milano. Le sue mostre precedenti includono il Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Guggenheim Bilbao, Witte de With, Rotterdam; Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, Moderna Museet; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; The Kitchen, New York; Bonner Kunstverein; Grazer Kunstverein, la Biennale di Cleveland; Mamco, Geneva; Frieze Projects, London, e Performa Biennial.

Attualmente Kurant è artista in residenza presso Art Explora a Parigi. E’stata inoltre artista borsista presso Berggruen Institute nel 2018-21, artista in residenza al MIT CAST nel 2017 – 2019, borsista allo Smithsonian Institute nel 2018 e artista in residenza al Palais de Tokyo nel 2003-2004.

Marianna Vecellio è curatrice e storica dell’arte, laureata in Storia dell’arte Moderna e Contemporanea all’Università degli Studi di Roma, La Sapienza.

Dal 2012 è curatrice al Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli – Torino – dove lavora dal 2007. Per il Castello di Rivoli ha concepito e realizzato mostre e pubblicazioni prestando particolare attenzione alla soggettività nella società digitale. Tra queste vi sono: Espressioni con frazioni (2022) e Espressioni la proposizione (2021), aaajiao. Deep Simulator (2020), Renato Leotta. Sole (2020), Claudia Comte (2019-20), Michael Rakowitz. Imperfect Binding (2019-20), Pedro Neves Marques (2019-20), Hito Steyerl. The City of Broken Windows (2018-19), Cally Spooner (2018-19), Anna Boghiguian (2017-18), Cécile B. Evans (2017-18), Ed Atkins (2016-17), Rachel Rose (2016-17), Paloma Varga Weisz (2015-16), Intenzione Manifesta (2013-14), Massimo Grimaldi. Before The Images (2009). Sempre per il Castello di Rivoli ha ideato e curato progetti transdisciplinari come Abitare il minerale (2018) e Comp(h)ost (2019-20) che, tra ecologia e postumano, esplorano le nuove forme di coesistenza e trasformazione del vivente.

Ha inoltre curato varie monografie come John McCracken e Luigi Ontani, e collaborato a diversi cataloghi, tra cui le monografie Gianni Piacentino, Robert Overby. Opere 1969-1987 e Giorgio Griffa. Lavori: 1965-2015. Ha pubblicato con istituzioni internazionali, tra cui la Sharjah Art Faundation, Sharjah, Whitechapel, Londra, Le Consortium, Dijon, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Le Centre d’Art Contemporain, Ginevra, Fondation Serralves, Porto e pubblicato su riviste italiane e internazionali.

Dal 2016 al 2019 ha curato il programma di residenze Curva Blu situato sull’isola di Favignana a cui hanno preso parte tra i tanti: Trisha Baga, Diego Marcon, Giulia Cenci, Stephen G. Rhodes e David Horvitz. Sempre per INCURVA ha anche curato Sivilization’s Wake di Stephen G. Rhodes e Barry Johnston (Palermo, 2018).

Ha tenuto conferenze e lezioni presso università e istituzioni tra cui, Triennale, Milano; LACMA, Los Angeles; Charlottenborg, Copenhangen; Naba, Milano; Politecnico, Torino; Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna.


Naturecultures.

Arte e Natura dall’Arte povera a oggi. Dalle Collezioni della Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT al Castello di Rivoli

A cura di Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Direttore, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Marcella Beccaria, Capo Curatore e Curatore delle Collezioni, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea e Samuele Piazza, Senior Curator, OGR Torino.

Dal 29 aprile al 22 settembre 2022 OGR Torino in collaborazione con il Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea presenta “Naturecultures. Arte e Natura dall’Arte povera a oggi. Dalle Collezioni della Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT al Castello di Rivoli, una mostra allestita al Binario 1 e 2 di OGR Torino. L’esposizione è organizzata da OGR Torino e Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, con il contributo straordinario della Fondazione CRT e il supporto della Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT che, dal 2000, arricchisce e valorizza il patrimonio culturale e artistico del territorio in una dimensione internazionale.

La mostra presenta opere in prevalenza della collezione della Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, acquisite tra il 2000 e il 2021 grazie alla Fondazione CRT: una sinergia che ha consentito a Torino e al Piemonte di costruire, in poco più di vent’anni, una delle più significative raccolte d’arte contemporanea al mondo a disposizione del pubblico.

Da maggio a settembre ospiti d’eccezione accompagneranno il pubblico alla scoperta degli artisti e delle opere presenti in mostra.

THE PHAIR 2022

In partenza la terza edizione di The Phair, la fiera dedicata alla fotografia che dal 27 al 29 maggio propone un’accurata selezione di gallerie che presentano progetti artistici legati al tema dell’immagine.

Quast’anno la fiera si allarga più che mai con il ricchissimo programma di Torino Photo Days al quale aderiscono gran parte delle gallerie e istituzioni culturali della città, per un vero e proprio viaggio nel mondo della fotografia.

La Fondazione per l’Arte per Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, che supporta la manifestazione sin dalla sua prima edizione, conferma anche quest’anno il proprio sostegno con un contributo destinato al ricco programma culturale che affianca la parte fieristica.

Per tutte le info, visitare il sito della manifestazione.

NATURECULTURES Art and Nature from Arte Povera to today

OGR Torino and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea
present

Naturecultures
Art and Nature from Arte Povera to today. From the Collections of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT at Castello di Rivoli

Drafted by Carolyn Christov-BakargievMarcella Beccaria and Samuele Piazza

With the support of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
With the extraordinary contribution of Fondazione CRT

29.04 – 22.09.2022

NatureculturesArt and Nature from Arte Povera to today. From the Collections of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT at Castello di Rivoli: a redefinition of the relationship with the world around us and its evolution characterises the exhibition that will open on April 29th 2022 in Binario 1 and 2 of OGR Torino.

In parallel with other international artists active from the end of the 1960s of the last century, Arte Povera artists, many of them from Turin, investigated the reality of physical experience and channelled the invisible energy flowing through the world into their artworks. They used elementary techniques and common materials to bridge the gap between nature and culture. They achieved a bodily awareness of the sensitive world, and with their works they introduced the basic concepts of contemporary ecology. Sceptical of the acceleration of consumer society, they were aware of the need for a new environmental balance between humans and the world.  They were optimistic, energetic, pacifists and anarchists. They transformed the very definition of Art through the merging of painting, sculpture, performance, film and photography into the more open notion of installation art – a space that can be traversed and experienced by the public.

Jointly organized by OGR Torino and Castello di Rivoli, this exhibition brings together works mostly belonging to the collections of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT. Thanks to the synergy between the Museum and the Foundation, this process has allowed Turin and Piedmont to build one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world in just over twenty years, and to share it with our community.

The exhibition includes works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Piero Gilardi, Amar Kanwar, Jannis Kounellis, Agnieszka Kurant, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto e Gilberto Zorio.

Credit: Amar Kanwar, The Sovereign Forest, 2012