& other things in Turin
A visual report by Sanne Luteijn
The first week of November is a very busy week in Turin. I’ve been told there are about 7 art fairs in one week. During my time here, mostly spend at The Others Art Fair, I also visited a few other venues.
DAMA @ Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana
Hosted at Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Dama is a collaborative and independent project dedicated to a group of international emerging galleries invited to present the work of an artist in dialogue with the venue. Highlights from this third editions include a Live Programme curated by Martha Kirszenbaum and a film retrospective survey on Meriem Benanni. For the first time, the new section CORTE is open, dedicated to experimental open air installations and hosted in the courtyard of Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana. (text via http://myartguides.com/fairs/dama-2018/)
Exhibitors and artists
Arcade, London (Caroline Achaintre); Berthold Pott, Cologne (Johanna Von Monkiewitsch); Bonny Poon, Paris (Marie Karlberg); Cassina Projects, New York (Yves Scherer); Edel Assanti, London (Marcin Dudek); Fiebach, Minninger, Cologne (Lisa Tiemann); Giorgio Galotti, Torino (Renata De Bonis); Hubert Winter, Vienna (Tina Lechner); Leto, Warsaw (Konrad Smolenski); Osnova, Moscow (Nika Neelova); Piktogram, Warsaw (Florian Auer); Vit, Prague (Habima Fuchs); The Goma, Madrid (Cristina Garrido); Siliqoon, Milano (Ohlsson/Dit-Cilinn); Tenderpixel, London (Peter Bartoš, Curated By Petra Feriancová And Borbàla Soòs); Furiosa, Monte Carlo (Nick Oberthaler)
Museo Della Frutta
Collezione di Frutti Artificiali modellati dal Prof. Garnier Valletti
Sharing a space at The Others Art Fair with the wonderful Rianne Groen has brought me more then art. Her passion for visiting obscure places has triggered an enthusiasm with me as well. The fruit museum was definitely a first for me, but a tip if you ever visit Turin. Quite fun. A leap in the past in order to think about biodiversity, which is a very topical subject.
The heart and centre of the Museum is an extraordinary pomological collection by Francesco Garnier Valletti, consisting of thousands of varieties of apples, pears, peaches, apricots, plums, and grapes. The reconstruction of the analysis laboratories, of the pomological collection rooms, of the library, and of the director’s office, add value to the precious historic-scientific heritage of the Stazione di Chimica Agraria (Agricultural Chemistry Station) since 1871 till today. And everything is within the context of research applied to agriculture in Turin between nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (text via http://www.museodellafrutta.it/en/)
Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research. Nearly two hundred galleries from around the world participate every year. In addition to the fair, Artissima is also composed of four art sections, headed by a board of international curators and museum directors, devoted to emerging artists, drawings and rediscovering the great pioneers of contemporary art, and to the sound projects (new section). It is curated by Artissima Srl, a company connected with the Fondazione Torino Musei. (text via https://www.artissima.art/en/about/)
Cimitero Monumentale di Torino
This cemetery was located not to far from The Others Art Fair, which was one of the reason why we decided to visit. Not expecting what we saw. The mausoleums located there are very impressive and eclectic in architecture. I did not take to many pictures but it gives an impression. An obscure tip to visit when you are in Turin.
The Monumental Cemetery of Turin – formerly known as General Cemetery – is the largest cemetery in the city of Turin and one of the first in Italy for the number of deceased. In 1827 the mayor of Turin was the Marquis Tancredi Falletti of Barolo. He contributed to the project of the Monumental Cemetery with a large donation. The project was approved in the area called the “Half Moons”, the name of the beautiful park that stood there until 1706. The park was destroyed by French troops besieging Turin when they put their camp. The Monumental Cemetery of Turin was officially opened in November 1829. Today it occupies an area of 600.000m/2.
The Cemetery is an open air museum. The “City of Silence” is home to celebrities and numerous works of art, such as Bistolfi, Calandra, Canonica, Fumagalli, Rubino and so on. Writers, statesmen, historians, politicians, artists, footballers, heroes are numerous characters who have traced the history and culture not only of the city of Turin but the entire country of Italy and now rest in the Monumental Cemetery of Turin. (text via http://www.significantcemeteries.org/2015/02/ the-monumental-cemetery-of-turin-italy.html)