ITALY / Torino / Castello di Rivolli: Olafur Eliasson
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until Sunday January 29 2023

Castello di Rivoli
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Piazza Mafalda di Savoia Rivoli - Torino
10098 Torino

From 21 September 2022 to 29 January 2023 on the third floor of the Manica Lunga there will be an exhibition curated by Marcella Beccaria and dedicated to Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967), a contemporary artist interested in climate change and perception, who places viewers at the centre of his artistic investigation in complex light installations.

The exhibition will consist of a large new installation specially created for the Manica Lunga, which changes the entire space into a gigantic optical machine. The artist transforms the Manica Lunga, which measures 147 metres in length and 6 metres in width and was built as the art gallery of the House of Savoy around 1630, into a place of intense perceptive and sensorial experience, a place that recalls the research on optics of the past while at the same time exalting the importance of corporeality and physical presence in the digital age.

Utopian and subtly revolutionary, Eliasson's practice combines the memory of the encounter with nature with the broad ramifications of scientific research and ecological thinking to imagine a happy future for the planet and society. In 1999 Eliasson presented Your Circumspection Disclosed (1999), his first installation in an Italian museum, at the Castello di Rivoli. Born from his encounter with the architecture of the Castello, the work is, in the artist's words, "an extension of the eye, or rather a machine for seeing." In 2008 the artist created

The sun has no money (2008), presented on the occasion of the collective exhibition 50 lune di Saturno (2008), which became part of the Museum's collections thanks to the Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT. The theme introduced by the title The sun has no money can be traced back to a series of researches carried out by the artist in that period, marked by a serious economic crisis on a global scale. The exhibition will also include a reading room open to the public, where almost one hundred catalogues covering the artist's production to date will be collected, starting with the very first solo exhibitions from the 1990s to the present day.

The exhibition at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea is organised in collaboration with the exhibition that Palazzo Strozzi in Florence is devoting to the artist at the same time.
The Olafur Eliasson exhibition is also made possible thanks to the additional contribution of Fondazione CRT.

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