at the Palazzo Turinetti archive Publifoto and treasures from the 1600s

from PIERLUIGI PANZA, our correspondent in Turin

From May 17, the new headquarters of the Intesa Sanpaolo Museum will appear in the city. Here is a polo shirt designed by Michele De Lucchi and dedicated to photography and the Piedmontese Baroque.

After the great industrial and post-industrial season that shaped it, Turin is trying to reinvent itself by adding a more resilient and solidarity dimension.. Here at Palazzo Turinetti, the new headquarters of the Italian galleries Intesa Sanpaolo (piazza San Carlo 156) opens to the public on May 17 and is dedicated to the most mechanical and technically reproduced art: photography. To this new museum center of the banking institution, which follows Milan e vicenzaa new headquarters will also be added on May 21st in Naples. The decision to dedicate this pole to photography and the image completes the offer of the city, which also houses the Film Museum.

Palazzo Turinetti, which overlooks the noble square of the city, has an important driveway, almost an outer-inner space, where the architect Michele De Lucchi, with a certain boldness, rebuilt a wooden portico on two sides, missing as an obvious citation. . The courtyard functions as a reception and distribution space. Going up to the second floor, you find yourself in the noble part of the building, where an art gallery, predominantly from the 17th century, furnished with historical furniture, has been preserved. Also from the courtyard, a large staircase leads down to at least one, where it has been emptied and re-functional. a vault that has become a museum of photography. Repair work lasted 420 days.

Imprint of the museum space very modern and technologically advanced. Temporary exhibitions and photography conservation workshops are located on the first underground floor, while permanent didactic routes and a ticket office are located on the second underground floor. The archives of the Publifoto agency, a cultural property documenting Italy’s historical events from the 1930s to the 1990s, have been moved from Milan to this new location. Acquired in 2015, Intesa Sanpaolo has already begun to preserve and expand this archive. One of the first two temporary exhibitions from 17 May. in this new Galleria d’Italia, an exhibition dedicated to Publifoto images from the post-war period to the moon landing (curated by Giovanna Calvenzi and Aldo Grasso): documents the transition from poverty to economic miracle in our country. The second temporary exhibition, always available from 17, is called Fragile miracle. Journey into a changing nature photographer Paolo Pellegrini (curated by Walter Guadagnini with the participation of Mario Calabresi). a report made with the assistance of a bank that documents climate change in areas such as Namibia, Iceland, Costa Rica. The exhibition also features photographs by Christina Mittermeier from National Geographic, Paolo Verzone and an exhibition with photographs by Lisetta Carmi (curated by Alisa Rohrwacher), an American Gregory Crewdson (curated by Jean-Charles Vergne) and Luca Locatelli (curated by Elisa Mede, with partner Ellen MacArthur of the Chicago Foundation). Then other exhibitions on current topics, like those on the climate crisis, the circular economy and the fight against inequality. Unpublished photographic evidence will be continuously collected in the area.

In the long arm of the building, a large touch panel allows you to view the archive’s digitized images, which are thus made available to the collective function. Also available is a 40-meter multimedia room equipped with 17 4K projectors capable of offering the visitor an immersive experience in images and videos..

The noble floor of the building is completely different, the result of a long history of collecting. In the post-war period, Sanpaolo bought the bombed and destroyed Palazzo Turinetti (owned by a family of bankers). Historian and architect Arturo Midana came up with the idea of ​​using it to house baroque-style fixed furniture from other bombed-out buildings. The bank also bought them and kept them in different buildings. He also provided the setting for the Palazzo Sommariva with sumptuous boiseriebaroque and rococo with overdoors and mirrors adapted for the Palazzo Turinetti, where now, with the care of Gelsomina Spione, Alessandro Morandotti and Fernando Mazzocca, the seventeenth-century Compagnia di San Paolo Oratorio, nine paintings bought back in the twentieth century by a bank, has also been placed. On the walls are paintings of the main characters of the Piedmontese Baroque. and a tapestry by François Boucher, a second copy of which is in the Quirinal. There are also two paintings by Gian Paolo Pannini, whims Giovanni Ghisolfi and fantastic views of boiserie 17th-century Fleming Isaac de Moucheron.

Galleries of Italy – he says Honorary President of Intesa Sanpaolo Giovanni Basoli – they offer society the spiritual contribution that only art and culture can give. I consider the Gallerie d’Italia to be one of the most important cultural events in Europe.. Photography, in particular, is a tool for historical documentation and can be used to understand it. With its exhibitions, the Galleria d’Italia testifies to our DNA. This place will increase the attractiveness of our territories, landscaping them for the future, assures Managing Director Carlo Messina, who also reassured us about apocalyptic scenarios in the economy, warning about the shutdown of Russian gas.

The satisfaction of the city authorities is evident, including Stefano Lo Russo, mayor of Turin, and Alberto Sirio, president of the region. The next meeting will take place on Saturday 21 September in Naples, where the new and larger headquarters of the Gallerie d’Italia will open in the Piacentine building on Via Toledo. At the same time, – recalls the president of Intesa Sanpaolo, Gian Maria Gro-Pietro, – we will have thirty thousand square meters of exhibition space, and we will become one of the world’s private leaders in cultural activities. There is nothing better in Italy than investing in culture and this is part of our corporate balance sheet. The permanent assets of Intesa Sanpaolo are the result of donations left to about fifty banking institutions that have been merged by Intesa over time.

May 16, 2022 (modified May 16, 2022 | 9:05 PM)

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