Tuesday, June 30, 2015

San Giovanni Fireworks

Was festival of San Giovanni again, and as per tradition, fireworks display lighted up the sky of Turin, along the river Po, at piazza Vittorio.

To avoid the crowd, we stayed at piazza Castello , looking toward via Po where the fireworks are visible.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Back Light Of A Church

Walking on a street seldom taken, the sky presented a spectacular light shining through the white cloud, outlining the silhouette of  the church in front.

Just one of the day when observing the sky seemed to be more interesting.....

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Arte Alle Corti - Palazzo Civico

The Beehive of Jessica CARROLL, 2 meters diameter Bronze.

"To do work in large bronze, as this hive of two meters in diameter, need many helpers and a foundry of course. I began to tell boys of the foundry stories about bees: that when the cells are disordered born there drones, that bees have six legs and that is why the
hexagon , the hexagon is in nature the cheaper and more effective system to build and that some animals have genetic, intrinsic knowledge to do certain things, like bees hives or termites bridges for millions of years and that we men instead we must learn to make them and that the observation of these animals can teach us how to do them.

So also in the foundry we have become a "Super organism" and a multiple of between 3 and 6 the hive was formed. "

( Words of the artist )

Monday, June 22, 2015

Here Comes The Pope

For the very first time the Pope Francesco came to visit Turin. 

The two days visit is packed, first he went to the Royal palace, then he proceeded to visit the holy shroud at the Duomo. After that, he held a mass in piazza Vittorio which was tightly secured and fully set up for the event, passes to attend the mass had to be booked a month before, huge screens were set up along via po e in various piazza for people who couldn't make it to attend the mass in piazza Vittoria.
After the mass, he traveled to the Archbishopric for lunch. A Roma family, mom, dad and four children who until a few months ago lived in the settlement along Stura Lazio; a lump of homeless; 11 underage boys inmates ; 5 immigrants were the guests of the lunch.
Next he visited the Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice, and ended the evening by meeting the youth of Piedmont at piazza Vittorio.


Three times he past under my apartment and only once I managed to snap some photo of him from the balcony.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Arte Alle Corti - Palazzo Carignano

In the work of Elisabetta Benassi entitled MareoMerz, a fishing boat hangs in the net the last car belonged to Mario Merz. Here it triggers a 'interaction between monumental architectural space, the center of the city and its history (and Italian history), and the open space, that of the journey, with a close relationship with the memory of the art (the car of Mario Merz, master of Turin, which is fished, as emblematic object of Arte Povera). But there is perhaps also an echo of what is happening these days in the "Mare Nostrum".

The opera MareoMerz is located in the courtyard of palazzo Carignano.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Arte Alle Corti - Palazzo Birago di Borgaro

In the courtyard of Palazo Birago di Borgaro includes two art works. After Love, the large installation of Vedovamazzei, alias Simeone Crispino and Stella Scala, is located at the center and is also visible from the street through the main gate. 

The work is the reconstruction of the lopsided house from the famous film of Buster Keaton's One Week (1920). The building, in which you can enter, is based on a careful study of the frames of the film. With the installation of this work creates a paradoxical and unsettling contrast between the refined  symmetrical beauty of the baroque architecture of the court and the deconstruction of messed modest prefab.  

The installation of the Swiss couple Glaser / Kunz, Daniel Glaser and Magdalena Kunz, Autoportrait, helps to create an alienating situation in a noble courtyard. It is a car parked next to the wooden house, inside are two dummies (Talking Heads), which, through a video projection on the faces and their recorded voices, producing a hyper-realistic vital effect .

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Arte alle corti - Palazzo Cisterna

"Art courts "is an exhibition of sculptures and installations-paced contemporary art that develops in the open in the courtyards and gardens of seven large buildings of the city.The goal is to let the general public to discover the lesser known aspects of the historic center of Turin. 

 The garden of Palazzo Cisterna is normally closed to public, a nice green area with huge trees and a big fountain in the center, often we can only take a peek of the garden through the metal fence. Finally, with this exhibition, we are allow to enter into the garden and have a walk among the plants and the art.

A visitor admiring the art of Iuliano

There are a few installations in the garden and the courtyard, one that catches immediate attention is the work of Enrico Iuliano. His installation designed specifically for the garden of Palazzo Cisterna is formed by joining two existing works:Composition glass of Vespa of 2005 and Hourglass 2008. The Vespa and the APEC, placed both in a tub of aluminum 15 meters long and filled with dyed red water, act as a conduit for the flow of liquid in a continuous loop that creates a kind of post-industrial fountain.

Beside the work of Iuliano, in the garden displayed several pieces of work from other artists as listed:  

Agave leaves with copper, Nicola Bolla;

 Men Blue

Men Blue, pair of human figures, with scale and lighting elements, Richi Ferrero;

 The Herd Of dogs

Herd, group of statues of dogs, and Tree Heart, aluminum, Paolo Grassino;

 The Wolves

Being so the wolves / the most difficult to hunt / how will the men, the group of sculptures of wild wolves, Jelena Vasiljev.
Constraints, installation in wood and concrete, of Francesco Granieri;
Suture and shape, powerful steel sculpture, organic, minimal, of Salvatore Astore;
Cefalopede girl with elephant foot, inquientante and metamorphic figure between the human and the beast of Daniel Spoerri;
Kingdom, ironic banner of Saverio Todaro;

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Swing

A new installation on the grass patch next to the castle in piazza Castello, a giant snail pulling down a giant flower, forming an arch, a swing hung onto the arch with a child swinging happily on it.

I love these sculptures they put around, they added a sense of humor and cheer.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Palace of Venaria View From The Garden

The Palace of Venaria (Italian: Reggia di Venaria Reale) is a former royal residence located in Venaria Reale, near Turin, in Piedmont, northern Italy. It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997.

The view from the garden

The Palace was designed and built from 1675 by Amedeo di Castellamonte, commissioned by duke Charles Emmanuel II, who needed a base for his hunting expeditions in the heathy hill country north of Turin. The name itself derives from Latin, Venatio Regia meaning "Royal Hunt".

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Grand Galleria Of Venaria Reale

One of the main projects of the architect Filippo Juvarra to Venaria consisted in the construction of the sleeve in South begun by Michelangelo Garove : the harmony and proportions transferred to new spaces, lavish decorations of stucco, cornices, pilasters of the Great Gallery, were intended to make the system a masterpiece of scenic Juvarrian around the eighteenth century.

The gallery, which connected the apartment of the king to that of the heir to the throne, is one of the most amazing and spectacular of the entire complex. Its rich decorations is due to the hand of Peter Philip Somasso, Giuseppe Bolina, Antonio Pope and Giovambattista Sanbartolomeo.Also the dimensions of the gallery are completely remarkable with a height at the center time of about 15 meters, a length of about 80 meters and a width of 12 meters.

During the French occupation the original floor was removed and reused for the Beaumont Gallery in Turin, while the current, which incorporates the design of Juvarra, was carried out in 1995.

One of the peculiarities of the Great Gallery is the splendor of the light beams generated by 44 large windows and large 22 "eyes" (oval openings inside and outside rectangular) places on time allow a play of light and shadows, such as enhance the infinite variety of patterns and the two esedre, relentlessly, influencing visitors.

Monday, June 1, 2015

CDP June Theme day : Stylish

CDP theme day again and it is : Stylish.....

Last week there was the Garden, plants and flowers show/market at piazza Carlo Alberto, extended along via Carlo Alberto.

Beside all the wonderfully beautiful flowers and amazing plants, a couple selling roses caught my eyes and attention, what a style ! And I wasn't the only one who was interested in taking their photo, Many people were starting to hold up their cameras and cellphones to snap some shots of them, until they started to joke about wanting payment for their shots.

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