27 Nov Luci d’Artista, a Superb Open-Air Contemporary Art Exhibition in Turin
What a surprising city, Turin. In November and December, it becomes an open-air exhibition for contemporary art
Turin… A surprising city. From early November to the beginning of January, the main centre of Piedmont and former Italian capital (until 1870, when the capital city of Italy was moved to Rome) becomes an open air museum of superb contemporary art with the Luci d’Artista exhibition. Throughout the city, 19 installations by important Italian and international artists offer a beautiful decor to the wide boulevards and the wonderful squares, mixing up old historical buildings and contemporary art in what is often a perfect balance. Light is fascinating, as is the creativity displayed by the artists in the creation of their works.
In some cases, the results are impressive, like in “Tappeto Volante” (Floating Carpet, photo above) by the French artist Daniel Buren, my favorite installation and one of the most popular. The fascination created by this floating blue, red and white floating carpet is powerful and the way the light installation blends in the surrounding scenery is just beautiful.
The Luci d’Artista installations showcase very interesting examples of interaction between art and the urban landscape
Another work that deeply impressed me is ‘Ancora una Volta’ (meaning ‘Once again’), by Valerio Berruti (photo on top of the page). Created with eco-sustainable materials and energy savings lightings, the installation showcases a child appearing and disappearing in a constant rotation, playing with the public ‘once again’.
Luci d’Artista is a wonderful and creative story-telling, like in “Luì e l’arte di andare nel bosco” (Luì, and the art of going in the woods). The lighting sculpture goes through the history of the madman Luì, a symbol of the artist’s alter-ego, able to find children who have gone lost in the silent woods. Piece by piece, the installation reminds of the tale by Italian novelist Guido Quarzo.
Vento Solare, by Luigi Nervo, is one of the most photographed Turin installations, located at Porta Palatina which used to be the main gate to Turin at the time of the Romans.
Together with ‘Ancora una volta’, the other new entry to the 2012 edition on Luci d’Artista is “Luci in Bici” (Lights on bikes) by Martino Gamper. Interestingly, it’s an ambivalent work of art. While part of the installations is fixed, another one is moving, thanks to the collaboration with ToBike (the Bike Sharing service in Torino).
Anyone can rent (upon reservation) the special “Luci d’Artista bikes” and become an actor of the 2012 Exhibition. I had the privilege of trying a bike during a night tour and I can tell you that people in the streets were stopping us all the time, fascinated by the lights drawings and asking information about these ‘magic bicycles’. What’s a pity is that the ToBike website provides information on the Luci d’Artista bikes only upon registration, which is maybe not the most user-friendly approach. But believe me, it’s a lot of fun strolling around whether you’re alone, with a group of friends or with family and kids.
It’s during the night bike tour that I got to see “Amare le Differenze” (Love Difference) by Michelangelo Pistoletto, an important message of tolerance towards the current political, religious and social contrasts. Once again, the proof that art can embrace a universal language.
Overall, Luci d’Artista is a fascinating open-air exhibition that anyone loving contemporary or street art will deeply enjoy.
Note: A big thank you goes to Turismo Torino for the lovely invitation to discover this beautiful city. However, my passion for art has roots dating back to the years when I was a teenager (and it was long time ago :-))
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