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Art and Culture

Torino is a city that is accustomed to beauty: from the extraordinary Baroque and Liberty style buildings to such historic masterpieces as da Vinci’s “Self Portrait in Red Chalk” preserved at the Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library); from the 15 Royal Residences (video) declared World Heritage Sites by Unesco, the very central and newly renovated Palazzo Madama and the Venaria Reale which testify to the splendour of the House of Savoy to the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) - video, the most important museum in the world after the one in Cairo. A boundless artistic panorama to discover and experience in the city’s more than 40 museums among which the new MAO (Museum of Oriental Art), an exhibit dedicated to the art and culture of Asian countries hosted in the splendid 17th century Palazzo Mazzonis and the new MuseoTorino, which opened in the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Italy’sUnion. MuseoTorino is an innovative project with a virtual and real museum at the same time: unique in the National and European scene, in terms of how it was conceived and created, and also in terms of how it will be developed. Designed to collect, conserve and communicate knowledge about the city, its collection is made up from the city itself: In this sense MuseoTorino is designed as a spread-out museum, made up of locations and spaces in the city and by the network of museums that contain the testimonies of the city’s history. This Museo Regionale di Scienze naturali - MRSN (Regional Natural History Museum) is divided into the following sections: botany, entomology, mineralogy-petrography-geology, palaeontology, zoology and didacticism, and also has about a thousand square metres of exhibition space which hosts a variety of interesting exhibitions throughout the year, both temporary and permanent (Lo spettacolo della natura, Mineralia, Vi.Vi.Alp., Storico Museo di Zoologia, L'Arca). Finally, in 2012, two new museums were opened, the Juventus Museum, a multimedial path dedicated to the turinese football team history and the Museo del Risparmio (Savings Museum) dedicated to young children, teenagers and their families, where it is possible to approach to the concepts of savings and investment with a simple but not banal language.

But the wealth of tradition has not prevented the city and its artists from looking forward, searching for new forms of expression. Today, Torino is recognized as one of Europe’s most important Contemporary Art capitals (video), thanks to a fabric that is interwoven with public and private associations, collections and foundations, museums and galleries, events and exhibits as well as a history of experimentation and research that ranges from the exuberance of the Futurists to Felice Casorati, from Situationist International to Arte Povera, from Food Art to leading contemporary artistic avant-garde.

GAM (Gallery of Modern Art), the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea del Castello di Rivoli (Museum of Contemporary Art at Castello di Rivoli) and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo are essential stops of the International circuit of new forms of expression along with the Pinacoteca Agnelli (gallery), la Fondazione Merz and the Artissima - Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea (International Fair of Contemporary Art) . 

Many more galleries and prestigious events en plein air are to be added to the list: the magic of “Luci d’Artista” (Lights of the Artist) that annually invades the city streets with luminous installations, or works of public art that connote areas of the city such as the three works along the new avenue of the Spina Centrale (Central Spine) by Mario Merz, Per Kirkeby e Giuseppe Penone, or the sculptures by Tony Cragg in front of the Stadio Olimpico (Olympic Stadium).

This is a city in which it is impossible to count the opportunities of comparison between the most diverse forms of artistic expression, from art to music, from cinema to photography. Great international directors have come back to shoot under la Mole – thanks also to the hospitality, consultancy and services offered by the Film Commission Torino e Piemonte, one of the most active in Italy – and the fantasmagoric Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema) - video - was founded inside la Mole. This museum was designed by Swiss architect François Confino and recently enhanced by new layouts. The Torino Film Festival is one of the most fascinating in Europe and the best known of the city’s numerous cinema festivals. Literature enthusiasts will find authors, editors, literary training schools such as the Scuola Holden, the historic Einaudi publishing house and world famous appointments such as the Salone Internazionale del Libro (International Book Fair) in this city.

The Teatro Regio Torino – a temple of Grand Opera –, the Auditorium Giovanni Agnelli at Lingotto and the RAI Auditorium all host events of great importance on the international music scene. Città di Torino, along with the aforementioned Teatro Regio Torino, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI (RAI National Symphony Orchestra), the Associazione Lingotto Musica, the Unione Musicale and the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi have founded “Sistema Musica”, whose goal is to promote understanding of the art of sound and how to put it to use, supporting the production and distribution of concerts. The Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino (Philharmonic Orchestra of Torino), the Associazione Stefano Tempia and the MITO Settembremusica festival satisfy classical music fans, Narrazioni Jazz jazz fans, whereas dozens of summer events please those fans of “extra-intellectual” music. Torino has been one of Italy’s most prolific cities on the national pop-rock scene for decades. The Teatro Stabile, Teatro Ragazzi e Giovani and the many important companies satisfy the demands of theatre lovers.

When tout court culture meets with savoir faire, the result is great names in design that have made Torino famous all over the world: Pininfarina, Bertone, Giugiaro, and "Studio 65". It is thanks to these that Torino was granted the title of World Design Capital, promoted by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design: in 2008, for the entire year the city hosted a full agenda of events involving leading international designers. Lastly, the city of FIAT could not lack an Automobile Museum (The Automobile Museum) - video - , which was re-opened following a radical and grand transformation of the building and the exhibition space designed by the set designer François Confino.

Had it not been for the support of private citizens of Piemonte who have always believed in Knowledge -the first of which are the Compagnia di San Paolo and the Fondazione CRT- and if that air of excitement (the true, essential engine of culture) were not in the streets, clubs and in meeting places, all of these marvels would not even exist.

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