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artists in natural habitiat…

Went to visit the collection at Castello di Rivoli, near Turin, with UNIDEE. They do have a very decent contemporary art collection there, Sol le Witt, Maurizio Cattelan, Rebecca Horn etc…but for me it was more fun to go for the “artists in the art gallery” angle in my photographs…A big thanks to the Castello di Rivoli who allowed us to take photos inside of the collection.

triptychs…

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blixa…

Funny but of late there seems to have been a bit of a trend for gigs and accompanying art exhibitions round these parts, only the other week i saw Patti Smith play live at Bovisio in Milan, while the ticket also got you into the exhibition It’s Not Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!

…as you can see from the exterior, it’s basically a show of musicians dabbling in ART…it included Pete(r) Doherty drawings using his own blood…so it must be art…hmmmm. Musically speaking Patti Smith was well, Patti Smith…you can’t complain about that, and age has not withered Patti, she is still rather fabulous…

Fast forward a week or 2 and i find myself near Turin at the Castello di Rivoli Contemporary art museum, this time to see Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto play a set and again the ticket also gives you the price of gallery entry to a group show (EXHIBITION EXHIBITION) inside the gallery. Regardless of what’s on show, I love the idea of going to see art at midnight, it seems like a good use of time. In fact the art was so so, but Blixa…wow…unlike Patti age has withered Blixa, but he was compelling, part Golam, part weird old drunk professor…falsetto screams…Teutonic rants, electronica…white noise…what’s not to like??? I made a wee stop motion film…see below

Blixa Bargeld & Alva Noto live at Castello di Rivoli, Turin – Sept 23th 2010

 

art castles…

Up early and took the train to Turin and then on to to outskirts, to Rivoli to visit the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.  As well as temporary exhibitions of international repute, the museum is also home to a formidable permanent collection established in 1984, the year the museum opened, including works by Merz, Pistoletto, Cattelan, Taceta Dean, Sol Le Witt, Bill Viola, Rebecca Horn etc etc…

Actually in my humble opinion it’s really worth going to the collection at Rivoli. Stuck a little on the peripheries of Turin, it’s actually quite hard to physically get there without a car. You need to take the tube and then 2 buses from the centre of Turin. This means during weekdays at least the place is pretty quiet – lousy for business but great for you as a punter- and you can have this huge constructed/deconstruction art palace and all the contents it holds, nearly to yourself. In the era of blockbuster shows and the importance of bums on seats, this is kind of a rare treat to be savoured…in my humble opinion…

…another kind of art? A house near the museum in Rivoli…