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
«Little one, what are you doing all alone?» «I’m playing with the Great Flood.»
Guido Gozzano, Cocotte.
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 byCarolyn 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) and Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT.
Ex Convento dei Crociferi, Campo dei Gesuiti, Cannaregio 4878
30121 Venice | Italy