Carol Rama dies at 97

Italian feminist and art legend Carol Rama has died at 97 in her hometown in Turin. The controversial artist, whose works often features erotic and psychosexual tendencies, through the female form showed women as vulnerable but also dangerous and powerful creatures. Despite depicting improper actions in her paintings, such as decadent threesomes, her works were earnest and sought after over the span of her career. Rama came into the spotlight in the United States in 2008, with her solo show at the Maccarone Gallery in New York. Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi said of Rama’s death: “During an artistic career of over 60 years, her art never suffered compromise…Her independence of thought was inspirational to everybody that surrounded her.” Carol Rama was born in Turin in 1918, growing up under Benito Mussolini’s fascist rule. Her work allowed her an escape from tragedies she experienced in her youth. Rama’s works will be on show in 2016 at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in...

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“Grow It Yourself” at Parco Arte Vivente

From 13 June until 18 October 2015, Turin’s Parco Arte Vivente (PAV), in Italy, is to host a collective exhibition entitled “Grow It Yourself”. “Grow It Yourself” focuses on recent international experiences of cooperative forms of social and communal production. From collective farming practices to community organisations, and from farm systems to the expanding movement of urban community gardens, the exhibition brings together a series of experiments in which agricultural production, the self-management of natural resources and its effect on food policies, reveals a constituent relationship between artistic practices and social skills. The social experiences collected in this environment, with their multiple articulations and micro-political capacity, always on the verge between artistic practices and rural arts, strongly affirm that agriculture today can become a terrain of resistance against subordination to the neoliberal relations of production, starting from where one may still affect the collective subjectivities. The exhibition includes works by the Myvillages collective (an initiative of international inspiration created by Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra, and Antje Schiffers in 2003), Futurefarmers (Amy Franceschini, Anya Kamenskaya, Stijn Schiffeleers, Michael Swaine, and Lode Vranken), Fernando Garcia-Dory, and Piero Gilardi. The interdisciplinary projects presented set themselves up as alternatives to the dominant model of capitalism and to the apparatus of a large scale distribution and the devastating effects it leaves on society and the environment, both physical and social, in order to affirm the food sovereignty during the process of re-acquaintance with the soil and rural urbanisation....

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Shroud of Turin on display for the first time in five years

Until 24 June 2015, the Shroud of Turin is to be exhibited for the first time since 2010. Visitors can see the shroud at Turin’s Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. In Christian tradition, the Shroud of Turin is a piece of linen cloth on which the body of Jesus Christ was buried, although scientists have proved, with the help of carbon dating, that the fabric dates from the Medieval period. The exhibition of the sacred object is free but already more than 1 million visitors have reserved their tickets. Pope Francis, who supported the display (which coincides with the 200th birthday of St. Jean Bosco who took care of the education of poor children in a newly industrialised Turin) will go himself to see the Shroud on 21 June 2015. The Catholic Church’s position as to the authenticity of the sacred object is still not clear. On this subject, the Archbishop of Turin Cesare Nosiglia told AFP: “[…] this is not an object of faith, nor of devotion, but can help...

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“TUTTOVERO Turin 2015 Our City, Our Art”

Turin’s four contemporary art museums, the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderno e Contemporanea, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, and the Fondatione Merz, are to host an exhibition entitled “TUTTOVERO Turin 2015 Our City, Our Art”, the former pair holding the exhibition from 25 April until 8 November, and the latter from 25 April until 11 October. The exhibition will present a selection of works taken from the collections of both public and private museums in Turin, tracing the transformation of the world and society between 1815 and 2015 through a diverse selection of contemporary art. The Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea will show a series of photographs and videos focusing on modern and contemporary archeology, whilst the Castello di Rivoli’s selection will include sculptures and monumental architectural works. The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will present works by emerging artists, including works by Mario and Marisa Merz. The exhibition has been organised by Contemporary Art Torino Piemonte, and curated by Francesco Bonami, with the help of a group of researchers including Danilo Eccher, Marcella Beccaria, Irene Calderoni, and Beatrice...

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The Others Fair 2014

The Others Fair is to host its fourth edition from 6 until 9 November 2014 in the former jail, Le Nuove, in Turin. The fair is dedicated to emerging contemporary art, involving 80 participants: galleries who opened after January 1 2009, non-profit centres, associations and foundations, artists or curators collectives, artist-run-spaces, publishing projects, art awards, residences for artists, art schools and academies, bookshops which deal with art, spaces dedicated to young, self-produced design and artist graphics. The venue, the former Le Nuove prison, provides the fair with a performance area in the former theatre of the prison which will be host to meetings, presentations, readings, theatre and music performances, video projections, live music and DJ sets. The theme of the fourth edition is to be “The Wild Side”, encouraging those involved to explore ideas outside conventional boundaries and bring them to the...

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