Gallerie d’Italia – Torino: an essential visit in the heart of Turin
In northern Italy, the City of Quatre Rivières remains renowned for its international fairs such as the Motor Show (the oldest in the country), and Artissima, which appeals to art collectors. Its palaces also contain great museums, like the Municipal Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art where thousands of works by great masters reside.
Fourth group museum Gallery of Italiaafter three addresses inaugurated in Vicenza (in 1999), Naples (in 2007) and Milan (in 2011) – all within historic and restored buildings –, the Gallerie d’Italia in Turin opened its 5000m2 devoted to photography in the spring of 2022.
Since then, this new institution in Turin has exhibited as many new creations as it has preserved the works of Piedmontese Baroque at the Palazzo Turinetti, where it is located. A triple historic location since it is also the former headquarters of Intesa Sanpaolo – an emblematic Italian bank born from the merger between the Turinese Sanpaolo IMI and the Milanese Banca Intesa –, and the HQ of its private photographic fund: l ‘Archivio Publifoto Intesa Sanpaolo. More than seven million photographs from the Publifoto photographic agency, but also contact sheets and negatives acquired by the transalpine firm are therefore based there.
A passion of the banking actor for an exceptional set of images of society and politics, produced over more than 60 years by the most illustrious Italian reporters. The story continues today through the commissions sent by the Gallerie d’Italia – the official cultural institution of Intesa Sanpaolo – to contemporary photographers like Gregory Crewdson [voir encadré].
Vice-director of this space, Antonio Carloni was himself a photographer before working for the Italian press and festivals, including Capire il Cambiamento Climatico, on the theme of global warming. ” Since the opening of the Gallerie d’Italia, I have been working on the commission made to Gregory Crewdson, and others to come, which will deal in particular with migratory flows “, he presents. A freedom of tone currently exceptional in Italy, made possible thanks to Intesa Sanpaolo’s own funds and supported by the notoriety of the Archivio Publifoto. ” The hundred or so people we employ work to preserve these archives and collaborate with exhibition curators who are all independent. It’s a pride. »
Unpublished works by Gregory Crewdson to see until January 22
This traveling exhibition, “Gregory Crewdson, Eveningside”, which will be at the Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles 2023, unites the first and latest works by the American, including a new series unveiled at the Gallerie d’Italia .
A titan of the genre of staged photography, the artist, who works with a real film crew and whose aesthetic is close to the films of David Lynch and the paintings of Edward Hopper, is ” one of the greats of our time “, underlines the curator of the exhibition and art critic Jean-Charles Vergne, who acquired several of his works for the Regional Fund for Contemporary Art Auvergne which he directs, as well as the National Center for Plastic Arts in France. .
Architecture and Intesa Sanpaolo, conductors of this new museum
Five months of renovation led by AMDL Circle, Michele De Lucchi’s agency, were necessary to deploy Intesa Sanpaolo’s vision there. ” We have fully worked on the semi-dark atmosphere of the premises, ideal for the conservation of material and photographic works, and which helps to catalyze the visit experience. summarizes the team of the eminent architect on the occasion of the opening of “Gregory Crewdson. Eveningside”, a new exhibition at this strategically located museum (in the center of Turin, in Piazza San Carlo).
Michele Coppola, the director of all the Gallerie d’Italia in Italy, serving as head of the Art, Culture and Heritage department of Intesa Sanpaolo, is also pleased with the public success of the first exhibition of the Turin Gallery: spectacular photos landscapes in the process of dissolution, by the Roman Paolo Pellegrin. ” Our next exhibitions will also be linked to current events because we do not wish to limit ourselves “, he says, convinced.
” Without pretension, I believe that our financial efforts to preserve and develop culture follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, the private art patrons of the Italian Renaissance. It remains to be seen whether the Gallerie d’Italia Academy, a professional training course for the management of artistic heritage created and provided by the Gallerie d’Italia, will contribute to the emergence of new private cultural institutions in Italy.
Galleria d’Italia – Torino
Piazza San Carlo 156,
Phone +39 800 167 619
Turin: Gallerie d’Italia, A new Italian museum dedicated to photography