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Le "Luci d'Artista" sono tornate! - The "Artists' Lights" are back!

Luci d'Artista fa 14, come il numero delle sue edizioni. E anche quest'anno, nell'ambito dello Speciale Autunno di ContemporaryArt, le più attese installazioni della città tornano a illuminare vie, piazze, corsi e portici di Torino, dal 1 novembre fino al 15 gennaio 2012.

E' stato un anno intenso per le Luci, quasi senza soluzione di continuità: sette di esse sono infatti rimaste accese fino a luglio 2011, per celebrare i 150 anni dell'Unità d'Italia, una sorta di omaggio artistico di Torino al particolare compleanno dell'unificazione nazionale.

Diciannove sono le luci quest'anno. Alla conferma di due nuove acquisizioni dell'edizione passata, quelle di Rehberger e di Ferrero che diventano - come consuetudine - parte integrante della collezione, si aggiungono due luci "in prestito". La prima è Flamingo di PITAYA Design, in arrivo dalla Fête des Lumières di Lio, la seconda è una luce itinerante, E adesso usciremo a rivedere le stelle di Maurizio Agostinetto, visibile dall'8 dicembre in piazza Castello.

E poi tornano tutte le altre, dagli Spiriti Blu che dominano la collina allo speciale Tappeto Volante con i colori della bandiera italiana, dalle "differenze" di Pistoletto a Porta Palazzo all'immancabile Planetario di via Pietro Micca.

Per un autunno tutto d'arte.

La collezione di Luci d'Artista qualifica gli spazi urbani, mette in contatto l'arte con la città in maniera immersiva e instaura un rapporto diretto tra creazione artistica e grande pubblico. Un pubblico sempre più vasto anche grazie ai frequenti prestiti ad altre città, che vedono quest'anno le opere di Carmelo Giammello e Domenico Luca Pannoli esposte a Napoli.

Luci d'Artista 2011, 14th edition

The "artists' lights" are back: Turin from 01/11/2011 to 15/01/2012.

This year as ever, Luci d’Artista will turn Turin into an open-air museum of contemporary art. Featuring 19 installations connected by a common denominator – the use of light – produced by many international and famous artists which differ from each other in terms of generation, style, interests and nationality, but which are united in their search for interaction between art and urban landscape, resulting in a surprising interpretation of open space.

The 2011 edition has been expanded to include Emanuele Luzzati’s Nativity Scene, no back in its entirety in Piazza Castello – with 90 cut-outs painted on wood and based on traditional themes – and which will inaugurate the Christmas festivities on 27th Novembre. The Luci d’Artista collection defines urban spaces, putting art in touch with the city in an all-encompassing way, and establishes a direct relationship between artistic creativity and the general public. It has an ever-wider audience, thanks also to frequent loans made to other cities, which this year will see the works of Carmelo GIammello and Domenico Luca Pannoli exhibited in Naples while our city plays host to an installation of lights from Lyons’ Fete des Lumieres.

Lighting up Turin while involving local artists and non, is a project that dates back to 1997, when Fiorenzo Alfieri, Councillor to Commerce and City Promotion at the time, proposed to Genoese artist Emanuele Luzzati to create a highly scenic intervention in the Sambuy Gardens in front of Porta Nuova train station. That is how the Crib was realised, as a representation of the Nativity.

The idea of enlightening the City came from a concrete requirement, a call for help from the world of commerce, traditionally in charge of the Christmas light decorations. The request was for a stronger support from local Institutions, as the shopkeepers’ service could be considered, to all intents and purposes, a common good and a service to the citizenship. The Administration accepted the request and agreed to intervene, provided that this became an opportunity to raise the quality of the Christmas lighting. The shopkeepers, but also citizens and tourists, immediately welcomed the project.

The following year, in the words of Alfieri, taken from the introduction to the first Luci d’Artista in Turin catalogue: “By gradually putting together our proposals with those of some street associations, experts, artists, citizens, we ended up with a truly extraordinary project” (Electa, 1998). Fourteen artists were in fact involved, coming from different backgrounds and active tendencies in the city. They obviously did not conceive the Christmas lighting as a mere decorative intervention but as an open-air work of art.

That was only the beginning of what is an ever-growing exhibit, in terms of numbers, great scenic impact of the works and fame of the artists involved: 28, 21 of whom are Italian and 7 foreigners, from Belgium (Jan Vercruysse), Denmark (Jeppe Hein), France (Daniel Buren), Germany (Rebecca Horn), United States of America (Jenny Holzer and Joseph Kosuth) and China (Qingyun Ma).

The peculiarity of the event was, and still is, that of using or interacting with non-canonized (though accessible to all) spaces, such as the streets and squares in Turin, with artistic realisations obtained using light, an element which, apart from its practical utility, has always attracted and fascinated man, in the same way as its direct opposite, “darkness”.

Besides its immateriality, irradiation, different colours and chemical or physical process/principles, light has always been an expressive tool for artists and a source of inspiration.

Since 2001, Luci d'Artista has become the most prominent event in a programme dedicated to contemporary art, which has concentrated in the month of November and is bound to carry on until January in the next editions. The best of what contemporary art has to offer has been made to converge in this time of the year involving, from 2001 to 2005, contemporary art galleries on a billboard format project of works on the city’s buildings.

This, in brief, is the history of Luci d’Artista. Renewing itself each year, it continues to enhance Turin’s leading role in contemporary art.

2011'S ARTIST INSTALLATION LOCATIONS:

Vasco Are Vele di Natale from via Po to Piazza Carlo Alberto

Enrica Borghi Palle di neve via Garibaldi

Daniel Buren Tappeto Volante piazza Palazzo di Città

Francesco Casorati Volo su… via Po

Richi Ferrero Bwindi Light Masks Cortile d'Onore, University palace, via Po 17

Marco Gastini L'energia che unisce si espande nel blu Galleria Subalpina

Carmelo Giammello Planetario via Pietro Micca

Rebecca Horn Piccoli Spiriti Blu Monte dei Cappuccini

Joseph Kosuth Doppio Passaggio (Torino) Murazzi

Emanuele Luzzati La Strada dei Magi piazza Castello

Qingyum Ma Neongraphy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (via Modane)

Luigi Mainolfi Luì e l’arte di andare nel bosco via Lagrange

Mario Merz Il volo dei numeri Mole Antonelliana

Luigi Nervo Vento solare Piazzetta Mollino

Giulio Paolini Palomar via Roma

Michelangelo Pistoletto Amare le differenze Porta Palazzo

PITAYA Design Flamingo via Buozzi - via Amendola

Tobias Rehberger my noon piazza Carignano

Luigi Stoisa Noi via Carlo Alberto

Gilberto Zorio Luce fontana ruota Italia '61 lake

 

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