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14/12 2010

Luci d’Artista

A special edition of Luci d’Artista
while awaiting the celebrations
for the 150 years of the Unity of Italy

The first Italian experience combining art and landscape through the use of light returns.

New works by Tobias Rehberger, Carlo Bernardini and Richi Ferrero
The Tappeto Volante (Flying Carpet) by Buren with the colours of the Italian flag for an open-air exhibition of international level.
Luci d’Artista opens the contemporary art season in November

Luci d’Artista (Artist’s Lights), the first Italian experience capable of staging the interaction between art and urban landscape through the use of light, in a “special edition” that will see the “Luci” illuminate Torino in honour of the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy.

The festival – created by Città di Torino, the Fondazione CRT, the Compagnia di San Paolo and Gruppo IREN, in collaboration with the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (Ministry of National Heritage and Culture), Regione Piemonte, the Chamber of Commerce of Torino and with the technical support of Teatro Regio – is one of principal events of Contemporaryart Torino Piemonte, the programme that characterises the autumn season of contemporary arts with the scheduling of events relating to visual arts, music, theatre, cinema and performing arts.

Twenty installations of very high quality and visual impact, created by as many artists of international fame, are located for the occasion in various points of the city, giving rise to a true “open-air” exhibition and an original journey of lights.
Thus the Torino winter comes to life with a beautiful atmosphere, an emotional journey intended for both local citizens and tourists, through a series of exceptional “sets”.

The event, recognised in Italy and abroad as the symbol of a Torino witnessing constant artistic change, has shown itself over time to have the capacity and potential to bring ordinary people closer to contemporary art, by promoting the dialogue between these two entities.

This year’s collection is enhanced by three new works: My noon by Tobias Rehberger, Cristallizzazione sospesa (Hanging crystallisation) by Carlo Bernardini and Bwindi Light Masks by Richi Ferrero.

In its thirteenth edition, thanks to an exchange with the city of Lyons (to which Torino gives on loan the work Palle di neve, Snowballs, by Enrica Borghi), should also have been exhibited the illuminations Ressort et Tortillons by Cie Leblanc. Because of the goods transport blocks, in operation in France for a few weeks, the installation did not reach Torino in time for the mounting.

My noon by Tobias Rehberger, a large luminous clock that marks the hours in binary format will be mounted in Piazza Castello.

Cristallizzazione sospesa by Carlo Bernardini, a work created with fibre optic cables and structured as a linking of additional installations, will run through the courtyard of Palazzo Bertalazone in Via San Francesco d’Assisi.

Bwindi Light Masks by Richi Ferrero, forty identical masks coming from a border area between Congo and Uganda, will be placed as little monoliths in twos and threes and illuminated in the courtyard of Palazzo Chiablese.

Accompanying these will be the works of Daniel Buren, whose Tappeto volante is always mounted in the ancient Piazza delle Erbe, this year, in special edition, will be lit up in white, red and green, by Francesco Casorati, Nicola De Maria, Marco Gastini, Carmelo Giammello, Rebecca Horn, Joseph Kosuth, Qingyun Ma, Luigi Mainolfi, Mario Merz, Mario Molinari, Luigi Nervo, Domenico Luca Pannoli, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Luigi Stoisa and Gilberto Zorio.

On the very central Via Roma can be admired Noi (Us) by Luigi Stoisa; in Via Garibaldi a red cable in straight flexneon with geometrised silhouettes of birds is the Volo su… (Flight on…) (by Francesco Casorati; Palomar by Giulio Paolini, a work conceived as an ancient astronomical atlas, illuminates Via Po.

Confirmed in the monumental Piazza San Carlo, “sitting room” of the city, Regno dei Fiori: nido cosmico di tutte le anime (Kingdom of Flowers: cosmic nest of all souls) by Nicola De Maria; Neongraphy, the large neon sign with pictures of ideograms by Qingyun Ma, will once again adorn the entrance to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Adjacent to Teatro Regio, in Piazzetta Mollino, will be remounted Vento Solare (Solar Wind) by Luigi Nervo and in the pedestrian Via Lagrange you can read the story Luì e l’arte di andare nel bosco (Luì and the art of going into the wood) by Luigi Mainolfi.

The Piccoli spiriti blu (Little blue spirits) by Rebecca Horn, circles of light capable of giving a surreal and dream-like aspect, dominate the city from Monte dei Cappuccini; Il volo dei numeri (Flight of numbers) by Mario Merz, the luminous sequence of numbers by Fibonacci in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…) stretches out along the dome of the Mole Antonelliana.

Michelangelo Pistoletto at Porta Palazzo, on the Antica Tettoia dell’Orologio, in the heart of one of the biggest open-air markets in Europe, uses coloured neon to write Amare le differenze (Love the differences) in 39 different languages.

Marco Gastini “painted” the ceiling of the Galleria Subalpina with the luminous signs of the work L’energia che unisce si espande nel blu (The energy that unites expands into the blue); at the South entrance to the city, in the pond of Italia ’61, is situated Luce Fontana Ruota (Light Fountain Wheel) by Gilberto Zorio, a rotating star that evokes a mill; at the Murazzi Doppio Passaggio (Torino) (Double Passage) by Joseph Kosuth will catch the light.

Walking along via Pietro Micca under the Planetario by Carmelo Giammello it will be possible to come across, opposite Via Prati, L’amore non fa rumore (Love doesn’t make noise) by Domenico Luca Pannoli, while the Concerto di parole (Concert of words) by Mario Molinari accompanies us to the Giardini Reali.

The Luci d’artista can be admired from 3 November 2010 to 16 January 2011.

The works by Buren, Gastini, Horn, Kosuth, Merz, Pistoletto and Zorio will be switched on again on 17 March and will remain mounted for the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy.

To allow citizens and tourists to better experience the packed calendar of events and initiatives of ContemporaryArt Torino Piemonte, the Turismo Torino e Provincia agency has also created some ad hoc suggestions:

PASSEGGIATE SOTTO LE LUCI (WALKS UNDER THE LIGHTS), a picturesque walking tour, in the company of a professional guide, lasting one and a half hours, which takes place every Saturday at 17.00 from 13 November 2010 to 14 January 2011.

CITY SIGHTSEEING TORINO, the red double-decker bus, which every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday provides an exclusive trip at 18.00 lasting an hour to admire the Luci d’Artista; from 6 November 2010 to 15 January 2011.

WEEKEND CONTEMPORARY ART, valid in November and December, is an occasion not to be missed with prices starting from €99.00 per person for: 2 overnight stays in a double room with breakfast, 1 Torino+Piemonte Card lasting two days for each participating adult (a child under 12 can sleep with the parents free of charge) and 1 ticket per person to discover the spectacle of Luci d’Artista comfortably on board the CitySightseeing tourist bus.
For information and bookings:

WEEKEND SPECIALE CAPODANNO (NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND SPECIAL), valid from Thursday 30 December 2010 to 2 January 2011, with prices starting from €128.00 per person: 2 overnight stays in a double room with breakfast, 1 Torino+Piemonte Card lasting two days for each participating adult (a child under 12 can sleep with the parents free of charge), 1 Merenda Reale (Afternoon Snack) per person, 1 ticket per person for the New Year’s concert at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi and 1 ticket per person for the CitySightseeing tourist bus.

For information and bookings:


Città di Torino – Luisa Cicero
Servizio centrale informazione e rapporti con il cittadino
Ufficio Stampa e relazioni con i media
(Central information service and citizen relations
Press Office and media relations)
+39 011/4421932 mobile + 39 3462356935
fax +39 011/442.23.01

Turismo Torino e Provincia – Silvia Lanza
tel. +390118185011
mob: +393498504589



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