May you live in interesting times at the foot of hills. How to lie low and ski at once. The Piedmont Pavilion, Venice

May you live in interesting times at the foot of hills. How to lie low and ski at once. The Piedmont Pavilion

… Pistoletto, Castella, Gozzano, Ricuperati, Mollino, Gasperl, Leotta, Perrone, Pellizza da Volpedo, Ceylan, Pinot Gallizio, Rama, Ghiotti, Simondo, Dionisio, a Fiat 500 from 1957, Olivetti, the orbiter of the Mars Rover, the Fiera del Tartufo, some Barolo wine, a new coffee machine for outer space and pre-cinema optical devices…

Drafted by Marianna Vecellio
Combo Venezia, Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio 4878

Dates: May 8 – July 20, 2019
Preview: Tuesday May 7 2019, 5 – 7 pm
6.00 pm performance by Michelangelo Pistoletto Applauso al mare (Applause to the sea, 1968-2019)

The Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo present May you live in interesting times at the foot of hills. How to lie low and ski at once. The Piedmont Pavilion, an exhibition born from a concept by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Director of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Drafted by Marianna Vecellio, the exhibition takes place at Combo in Venice, which also opens its doors to travelers and Venetians on May 7.

The exhibition includes works of art from the Collections of both Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, as well as furniture, a large painting, some products of the Piedmontese industry and territory, such as the Fiat 500 from 1957, the TGO orbiting probe (Trace Gas Orbiter) of the European ExoMars mission, optical devices that anticipated the birth of cinema, but also a precious bottle of Barolo from the artist Pinot Gallizio’s cellar, a 1950s artist project on the Truffle Fair and the story of a revolutionary espresso machine for outer space. There are also two new artworks.

The pavilion is built as a theater piece, or as an imaginary government. The characters are:
Prime Minister: Marianna Vecellio
Minister of the Word: Gianluigi Ricuperati
Minister of Communications: Irene Dionisio
Minister of the Sea: Renato Leotta
Ministers Without Portfolio: Vincenzo Castella, Bepi Ghiotti, Diego Perrone, Michelangelo Pistoletto

May you live in interesting times at the foot of hills. How to lie low and ski at once. The Piedmont Pavilion is a project promoted and organized by Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, realized with the contribution of Regione Piemonte, Compagnia di San Paolo and Combo, with the support of BIG Broker Insurance Group, Fondazione CRC, Camera di Commercio Industria e Artigianato di Torino and the collaboration for the loans of Associazione Centro Studi di Letteratura, Storia, Arte e Cultura Beppe Fenoglio O.n.l.u.s., Lavazza, Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Thales Alenia Space (JV Thales/Leonardo), Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT and Museo Casa Mollino.

Antonella Parigi, Councilor for Culture and Tourism of the Regione Piemonte declares: “The Piedmont Pavilion is an ambitious project, born from the synergy of some excellent institutions of the territory, which will allow to enhance the important regional artistic heritage in an international context of great prestige, during the Venice Art Biennale. An exhibition with which we want to strengthen the positioning of Piedmont as the territory of choice for the contemporary and which, moreover, will be able to promote the cultural heritage of artists, movements, but also designers and architects who, starting from here, have succeeded in affirming and export their vision all over the world.”

“The Compagnia di San Paolo recognizes creativity and innovation as a peculiarity of Turin and Piedmont, characters to bring out, enhance and promote in order to succeed in affirming the contemporary identity of our territory in a world that is constantly evolving and increasingly globalized.” – declared Alberto Anfossi, General Secretary of the Turinese Foundation – “In this framework, this exhibition, which is the result of a collaboration between two significant art institutions of the city, represents an important opportunity to promote culture and creative and innovative character that Piedmont and Turin have historically been able to express.”

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo affirm: “In an era of globalization and digitalisation, of being “in Piedmont in Venice,” this “off” Biennial exhibition explores the meaning and nonsense of identity claims; it wants to welcome and collect, not without a touch of humor, Piedmontese artistic and creative expressions that speak of being incorporated, of urban and rural life, of the daily and the cosmic, in close continuity, of being absolutely “in” and absolutely “out”, and of a certain condition of “orphanhood”.”

Gianluigi Ricuperati states: “The gaze beyond the line, beyond barriers and fences, beyond mountains, capable of exposing oneself to thought and to the relationship with the other – is this perhaps not the most intimate figure of Piedmont? And art in its tension towards elsewhere has perhaps not always been the underground plot that leads to giving meaning to the foolish, as an optical instrument capable of capturing the hidden detail behind which is often hidden the inhumanity of the human? The Piedmont Pavilion offers viewers an unprecedented extraterritorial and cross-disciplinary space, the playful and very serious attempt to reconstruct a coherent existential warp in an increasingly chaotic world dominated by temporary and violent identities, in which only the ephemeral appears reassuring.”

The curator Marianna Vecellio states: “The Piedmont Pavilion is a multi-faceted device and space, a connection network between facts, human beings and the things of the world, capable of illustrating a real and false place at the same time. A regional pavilion that is also transnational, a temporal, historical, artistic, cultural, technological stratification that is also a game, fake news, a theatrical piece and a territory that no longer exists as a representation of a confined area, but as a measurer of experience.”

The exhibition is hosted in the new spaces of Combo in Venice.
“Project founder Michele Denegri defines Combo – as a new meeting spot between travelers and locals. Combo was born in forgotten buildings, and aims to become the most convenient housing for tourists, the most stimulating place for residents and the most attractive site for artists and creatives. With this intention, Combo opens its doors in Venice while hosting The Piedmont Pavilion, a sharp  reflection on the concepts of territory, identity and community that resonates well with the spirit and vision of the entire Combo project.”

On May 7 at 6.00 pm and on July 20, 2019 – on the occasion of the exhibition’s finissage – the performance by Michelangelo Pistoletto Applauso al mare (Applause to the sea, 1968-2019) will be presented in collaboration with the Education Department of Castello di Rivoli.
On the occasion of the exhibition, new works will be realized by Irene Dionisio and Renato Leotta. The productions of these new works are supported by Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 2 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday closed.