Rivoli Castle announces its 2023 program. Also a major exhibition on Pistoletto

Presented by Castello di Rivoli its program for 2023, including new exhibitions, educational activities, research, curation of the Collections, and numerous collateral activities. Also a major solo exhibition for Pistoletto's 90th birthday.

The Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea announces its program for 2023, including new exhibitions, educational activities, research, curation of the Collections, and numerous collateral activities. The museum will also organize exhibition activities in external venues as usual.

“Planning a museum in the year 2023,” says Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, "means thinking about art as a bodily sensory experience, as a place of recreation and real happiness, but also thinking about art as an awareness of ongoing historical traumas, from the Taliban’s Afghanistan, to the falling bombs in Ukraine, to the protests and repression in Iran. Almost an oxymoron, art heals through aesthetics but also through the intelligence of artists and the critical thinking it generates in visitors. On the one hand we will see Olafur Eliasson’s immersive, psychedelic environment and Renato Leotta’s CONCERTINO per il mare, and on the other hand the works of artists at war: this co-presence of pleasure and pain, this simultaneity between the promise of a digital, metaverse world that will save us, and the perception of cold, darkness and death, are the two opposites that can be composed in the audience’s reflections. It is no coincidence that at the end of the year, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, we will mount the major exhibition of Michelangelo Pistoletto, the protagonist of Arte povera. With his concept of the Third Paradise (of co-presence of opposites and their synthesis), the artist envisions a trinamic society and a regenerated world. To share this vision, the efforts of the Education Department will be important. The dissemination of knowledge of contemporary art and culture will be expressed both at the Museum-with the countless activities for the public, for teachers, for families and for schools-and in the territories outside the museum."

Until July 2, 2023, Olafur Eliasson: Trembling Horizons, which opened last November, will continue in the spaces of the Manica Lunga. The artist has specially conceived a series of immersive and sensory artworks on the theme of visual perception and ecological thinking that invite the active participation of those who encounter them. Among the new exhibitions opening in 2023, the major exhibition Explosions. Artists at War. The exhibition features historical works and new projects by leading contemporary artists such as Ukrainian Nikita Kadan and Afghan Rahraw Omarzad, artists who live in conditions characterized by war and who are particularly sensitive to the role art can play for peace. Historic works include an important nucleus of paintings made by Slovenian artist Zoran Mušič, who was interned in Dachau in 1945. In addition to a substantial number of works from the series We Are Not the Last, 1970-1976, the artist’s very first drawings made in the Dachau camp and never before exhibited will be presented.

Renato Leotta’s project CONCERTINO per il mare, 2022, which stems from his observation of the ecosystem of the Mediterranean seabed, will also be presented in the spring.

Castello di Rivoli holds the most important nucleus of historicalArte Povera works in the world and periodically dedicates focus projects to its protagonists. In autumn 2023, to celebrate Michelangelo Pistoletto ’s 90th birthday and in conjunction withArt Week in Turin, the museum will present a major solo exhibition of the artist whose research has helped redefine the concept of art since the mid-1960s. For this exhibition Pistoletto has conceived an unprecedented immersive work-installation of great visual impact that will invade the spaces of the Manica Lunga.

The exhibition activity of the CRRI - Castello di Rivoli Research Center, on the other hand, will kick off in May 2023 with an exhibition dedicated to Paolo Pellion di Persano, one of the most important contemporary Italian photographers who worked in close collaboration with artists, particularly those of Arte Povera. Later, in the spring, the CRRI will present an exhibition dedicated to the works on paper of Giuseppe Penone, which resulted from the donation in 2021 of 219 works on paper and precious archival materials, as well as the exhibition version of Unfolding One’s Skin - Window, 1970-2019. In the fall, the CRRI will organize an exhibition dedicated to the notebooks and works on paper of Fabio Mauri, among the masters of the Italian post-World War II avant-garde, whose insight into the relationship between art and ideology led him to consider the screen as the main “symbolic form” of the world, the sign of the new media civilization.

Thanks to the new acquisitions that over the years have steadily contributed to enriching the Museum’s Collection, with the intention of enhancing the presence of some nuclei of works never previously exhibited, in the fall of 2023 Castello di Rivoli will also present a rearrangement of the permanent Collection that will be developed in the rooms on the first and second floors of the Museum. On the occasion of the rearrangement, the new edition of the Permanent Collection catalog will be presented.

Among the most important collateral activities, a performance action by Tabita Rezaire will be presented in the summer of 2023 as part of the multi-year COMP(H)OST program, as well as the fifth edition of Supercondominio, the annual assembly of new spaces for art in Italy, which will feature a program of live music and special digital projects specifically conceived for the spaces of the Savoy Residence. Collaboration with the CRC Foundation on collateral exhibition activities in venues outside the Museum will continue in 2023. Among these, on January 24, 2023, Otobong Nkanga’s new installation Of Grounds, Guts and Stones , 2022, will be presented in Pollenzo (Bra), created with the scientific collaboration of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo and Slow Food, a few kilometers from the center of Bra. This work concludes the A CIELO APERTO program, works commissioned by the CRC Foundation in its 30th anniversary year. During 2023, the activities of COSMO DIGITAL will also continue with the presentation of new works created for the new Castello di Rivoli website, which, also by virtue of the technological upgrade of the Museum, will include a new cataloging of the works of the Permanent Collection. Finally, the Cerruti Collection programs will continue with rotating exhibitions in the Museum’s rooms of important works and with numerous lectures and thematic visits to the Cerruti Villa. On December 18, 2023, the approach of the end-of-year festivities will be accompanied by the exhibition Asters, Celestial Spheres, Cosmogonies. Works from the Cerruti Collection, which, in an effort to tell the story of artists’ relationship with the influence of the planets, astronomical discoveries and, more generally, the forms of time, offers a selection of precious atlases dated between the 16th and 18th centuries along with works ranging from the 16th century to the 2000s.

Image: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of rags (1967). Photo by Renato Ghiazza. Courtesy of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin.

Rivoli Castle announces its 2023 program. Also a major exhibition on Pistoletto
Rivoli Castle announces its 2023 program. Also a major exhibition on Pistoletto

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