Because November in Torino is Artissima! The whole city becomes the fulcrum of contemporary art in Italy, with an amazing programme of exhibitions and events in the main institutions and galleries, to accompany the 24th edition of he fair, and until the end of the fall season.
Castello di Rivoli sets aside the Manica Lunga for a retrospective by the artist of Armenian origin Anna Boghiguian, and starting on 2 November a large show of work by Gilberto Zorio, one of the pioneers of contemporary art history and a leading figure of Arte Povera. These events are followed, starting on 3 November, by the exhibition of Cécile B. Evans, winner of the illy Present Future award in 2016, assigned during the last iteration of Artissima. Until 31 December masterpieces from the permanent collection will be gathered in the exhibition Cutting Through Time on the “re-discovery” of contemporary art, in a path from the student protests of 1967-68 to the present.
GAM – from 1 November to 14 January – presents the exhibition I Do Not Love Nature. Italian Pop Art from the GAM collections, a tribute to Pop Art through the works of artists like Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Piero Gilardi, Giosetta Fioroni, Pino Pascali, just to name a few. Till the end of November visitors can see the exhibition From Bombs to the Museum, featuring works from the collection to narrate the rebirth of the spaces and intentions of GAM after the bombing during World War II. Until the end of January, the museum also offers the exhibitions 1959-1962: Japan in Torino and Sportification.
Fondazione Merz opens a solo show by the Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa on 30 October, titled El Palacio de las Tres Historias, a new project composed of two large installations and photographic works on the theme of the metropolis as an ideal space, a zone of participation and growth of stories and perspectives, with particular reference to the city of Torino.
The fall calendar of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo offers a range of shows: until 1 October The White Nights, Hiroshi Sugimoto presents a new series of photographs by the artist on the theme of historic Italian theatres; until 15 October A House, Halfway, is a group show on the theme of “halfway houses”, alongside the solo show by Ghita Skali, Palm Attacks. During the week of Artissima – on 3 November – the Foundation opens the first solo show in Europe by the artist Sanya Kantarovsky.
On the same day comes the opening of the exhibition Like a Moth to the Flame, with the aim of creating a portrait of the city of Torino starting with objects collected by the city and its residents, shown for the occasion at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and OGR – Officine Grandi Riparazioni of Torino the recently opened new cultural centre.
The theme of collecting is also addressed by the exhibition Paranormal. Tony Oursler vs Gustavo Rol at Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli from 3 November to 25 February. An ideal collection composed of works by the well-known American artist, and a selection of objects from his enormous collection of items connected with the world of the occult, seen in relation to the activities and works found in the collections of the painter and psychic Gustavo Rol, active in Torino during the second half of the 1900s.
From these reflections on the magical side of Torino, the focus shifts to its Baroque raiment in the exhibition Double Dream by the contemporary artist Elisa Sighicelli, fascinated by the architecture of Palazzo Madama and the painterly flow of reflections on its windows, captured in two photographic triptychs printed on satin and shown on the piano nobile of the museum during and after Artissima, from 1 November to 29 January.
A gaze at the unusual is also offered by the exhibitions presented until 14 January at Museo Ettore Fico which hosts, also in the new facility at Via Filippo Juvarra 15, two shows on Niki de Saint Phalle, a leading figure and the sole female exponent of Nouveau Réalisme: a retrospective and another show on the famous “Tarot Garden” of Capalbio. In the spaces of Via Cigna 114, visitors can also see the exhibition Tarot that retraces the history of tarot cards in Italy, from the mid-1400s to the present.
At the Giardini dei Musei Reali, starting from the month of October, visitors can see the work Pietre Preziose (Precious Stones) by Giulio Paolini, an installation made by the artist with pieces of marble from the Chapel of the Holy Shroud – a masterpiece by Guarino Guarini – which was destroyed by fire in 1997. A project of the Consulta per la Valorizzazione dei Beni Artistici e Culturali of Torino with the support of Reale Mutua.
The relationships between natural forms the historical and contemporary forms of colonialism are the focus of the solo show by Uriel Orlow at PAV: an extensive body of works – films, photographs, installations and sounds – to outline a scenario around the idea of the botanical world as a stage of complex, variegated political dynamics. Opening on 4 November.
Starting on 5 November (until 16 December) the autumn appoint with Breakfast at Barriera is back, at Associazione Barriera, with the group show “Related Things Unrelated Things Related…” Starting with the ellipsis at the end of the title, the show intentionally puts the accent on a sense of suspension: the artists, in fact, have decided not to communicate with each other during the preparation phase, and will discover the works of their colleagues only at the start of the installation.
Until 26 November 2017, Fondazione 107 presents Malmaison, a solo show by the artist Marcovinicio: a nucleus of drawings and paintings never shown before, in a coordinated project specifically made by the artist for the exhibition space at Via Sansovino 234.
For photography lovers, until 7 January: CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia proposes the exhibiton “Arrivano i Paparazzi! Photographers and Stars from the Dolce Vita to the Present”: 150 images that narrate the story of “stolen photography”, from the Dolce Vita to today, in Italy and around the world, featuring celebrities and stars of yesterday and today.
For cinema buffs, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo – until 15 October – is screening the film The Waterway by the French art duo Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, and the film Mephobia by Mika Gustafson (Sweden, 2017), winner of the section “Irregular Lovers” at the Lovers Film Festival, which will be presented at Artissima inside the Piper programme of encounters.
In the area of music and photography, the festival Club to Club offers a special appointment at OGR – on 2 November – with the live show featuring the photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and the English musician Powell, after their collaboration on the video for Tillmans’ solo show at the Tate Gallery in London.
The fall calendar of the galleries in Torino also adds many new initiatives to the programme of exhibitions: Giampiero Biasutti presents, starting on 4 November, the group show MIAs Mid-career Italian Artists, while Biasutti & Biasutti offers a solo show by Piero Ruggeri Da materiche lacerazioni until 4 November, followed by Novecento. An Italian Painting until 20 January. Guido Costa Projects http://www.guidocostaprojects.com/it/ opens on 4 November, for Contemporary Arts Night, a solo show by the artist Chiara Fumai, on view until 17 February. At Riccardo Costantini Contemporary visitors can see the show InnSaei, a site-specific sculpture project by the artist Ferdi Giardini; on 4 November, parallel to the gallery’s participation at Artissima in the Back to the Future section with Nicola Ponzio, the latest works by the same artist will be shown at the gallery. The residency programme Cripta747 continues, and during Artissima – from 3 to 5 November – it presents a show of the winners of Cripta747 Residency Programme SEP/OCT 2017: Diogo Evangelista and Viktorija Rybakova. Also during the fair, Davide Paduletto Arte Contemporanea opens an exhibition on 4 November titled Opening Contemporary – Home! Sweet Home, while from 18 November the gallery presents a solo show by Aron Demetz. At e/static c/o blank until 7 December visitors can see the exhibition Drawing the Air curated by Carlo Fossati, while from 4 November to 14 January Raffaella De Chirico hosts the solo show by Narciso Contreras titled Libya: A Human Marketplace and, in the Project Room, RAR: Imaginal Landscape by Federica Patera and Andrea Sbra Perego. The gallery Gagliardi e Domke presents, until 20 October, the exhibition Artists of the Gagliardi Collection – Act II. From 13 October to 22 December Giorgio Galotti presents a solo show by the Norwegian sculptor Anders Holen. The gallery’s programme also includes the group show Fondante set up at the Museum of Fruit until 10 November. In Arco celebrates 30 years of activity with the group show Thirty Years, on view until 20 January 2018, while in the new space at Largo Montebello 40 Luce Gallery hosts No Evidence of Sign: Stephan Balkenhol, Chris Hood, Hugo McCloud, Margo Wolowiec (until 27 October) and, from 4 November to 31 January, the solo show 1975 – Robert Davis. Norma Mangione Gallery presents, until 28 October, the group show curated by Eva Brioschi Corners / In Between, followed, starting on 4 November, by the solo show Anita Leisz curated by Tenzing Barshee. Starting on 31 October 2017, Mazzoleni presents Colour/Neon In Contextual Play. An installation by Joseph Kosuth curated by Cornelia Lauf. The original installation includes works by Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Pier Paolo Calzolari and Kosuth himself. Until 14 October, the space of Galleria Franco Noero at Via Mottalciata 10/B hosts the solo show by Sam Falls sine sole sileo, while at Piazza Carignano the gallery presents an exhibition by Mark Handforth, After Nature. For Artissima, on 31 October the gallery opens four shows: the solo by Mario Garcia Torres and, in the spaces-in-residence, a project by Andrew Dadson; Piazza Carignano 2 hosts a solo show by Pablo Bronstein and the Risorgimento Museum presents the off-site project by Martino Gamper. Alan Charlton returns to Torino at the Noire Gallery until 10 January, with a solo show made specifically for the gallery’s spaces. Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea presents a solo show by Gabriele Arruzzo, until 28 October, while on 4 November they open a solo show by Botto & Bruno – White Noise, curated by Lea Mattarella. Giorgio Persano presents, until 14 October, Stanze, on the artist Per Barclay, a path of sight and sense, followed starting on 30 October by the solo show of the Austrian painter Herbert Brandl. Photo & Contemporary presents, until 29 October, the exhibition Vintage Polaroids 1981 – 1997, a selection of snapshots made by Giovanni Gastel and presented at Palazzo della Triennale in Milan in the fall of 1997, in an exhibition curated by Germano Celant. The gallery Weber & Weber presents the exhibition Mending by the artist Greta Pasquini (until 21 October) and Opere by Antonio Violetta (until 23 December). Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporanea at Torre Pellice presents the solo show by Tony Cragg Skulls Etc and that of Giuseppe Penone Images de Pierre (until 5 November). On 27 October, a new space opens at Via Bertolotti 2 in Torino with a solo show by Christiane Löhr.
Outside Torino, finally, Castello di Rivara Museum of Contemporary Art reprises the traditional Autumn Equinox #30 (until 5 November), alongside a triptych on the artists Hermann Nitsch, Giuseppe Chiari and Alighiero Boetti.