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Artissima #2: ONE TORINO exhibitions, Autumn in the city
by ArtSlant Team


ONE TORINO, by Federico Florian

With a royal ordinance, in the XIX century the king Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia commanded that Turin's roofs be covered with the vast porches that still run along the beautiful Via Po. The reason for the decree was to offer shelter from the rain to the monarch and his entourage during their route from the Royal Palace to the Church of Grande Madre di Dio. Turin is the city with the largest porticoed area in Europe – here, the porches join together the most representative buildings in town, like a sort of connective tissue linking the vital organs of the urban body to each other. Turin’s porticoes, I would say, are the proof of the attempt to reconfigure metropolitan geography – they represent the vectors of an original monarchist cartography. In a way, Artissima collateral project ONE TORINO seems to arise from a similar cartographic impulse – but there’s no king now, or urban upheaval scheduled.

The name itself sounds like a new city plan, developed just through the imagination, with no help from cranes or wreckers. But what does ONE mean? Is it possible to magnetize the little constellations of metropolitan reality in one single patch? Yes, I think it is...

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Fall is the best season in this Italian city, by Andrew Berardini

Long-necked blue cranes lurch over ancient churches filled with forged relics. Stiffly clothed bourgeois stroll under weeping Chinese maples, leaves burned and creamed, and past high-booted prostitutes shivering in the autumn chill. A woman in a distant window waves to an unseen lover. The symphony of umbrellas opening as travelers step out from the underground. Click, whoosh, click, whoosh, click-click, whoosh.

Torino is my favorite autumn city. The wide regal streets ringing with trolleys, the reflection of neon off wet pavement, the cool Po snaking past the grand piazza of Vittorio Emanuele and the nippled dome of the Grande Madre, the Big Mama. In the crisp fall, you believe this is the town that Nietzsche composed Thus Spake Zarathustra and where De Chirico went chasing after his ghost and discovered his own metaphysical spaces...

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Petrit Halilaj, It is the first time dear that you have a human shape, 2012; Courtesy the artist & Chert, Berlin. At Artissima, Main Section.

Hans-Peter Feldmann, All the clothes of a woman; Courtesy Galleria Massimo Minini, Photo Andrea Gilberti. At Artissima, Main Section.

Guy Mees, Verloren ruimte (espace perdu), 1988; Courtesy Valentin, Paris. © Kleinnefen. At Artissima, Back to the Future Section.

Markus Amm, Untitled, 2011; Courtesy David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Foto: Fredrik Nilsen. At Artissima, Main Section.



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Posted by ArtSlant Team on 11/11/13

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