Three months to go until the “Big Bang”, the grand opening celebration of OGR: from 30th September to 14th October, the new identity of the Officine Grandi Riparazioni will be revealed, with three consecutive Saturdays dedicated to music, and two weeks of free entry to the iconic industrial architecture brought to life by three major installations of contemporary art.
It’s less than 3 months to go until the “Big Bang”, the great opening celebration, free for all and lasting two weeks – from 30 September to 14 October – of the OGR, the renovated Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin. The countdown begins to the reopening of this great piece of industrial architecture – a space that has been refurbished and restored for the city thanks to the commitment and funding of Fondazione CRT – and is ready to welcome new performers and audiences with a series of national exclusives and ad hoc projects by 10 international artists.
Giorgio Moroder, Elisa, Ghali, Omar Souleyman, The Chemical Brothers, and super group Atomic Bomb! (joined for the occasion by Samuel) are just some of the artists who will take the stage at the new “Sala Fucine”, a vast hall of over 3,000m2 which, for three consecutive Saturdays on 30th September and 7th and 14th October, will host the first events scheduled for the OGR’s Performing Arts program.
All the concerts will be free, subject to availability: a tribute to the city and its visitors, as well as the chance to promote the values of sharing and inclusivity that underpin the project. The first 1,200 tickets will be available online at ogrtorino.it from midday, Friday 30th June; a further 4,800 tickets will be released on surprise dates to be revealed through the official OGR newsletter: sign-up details can be found on the website.
Taking centre stage alongside music will be contemporary art, with three site-specific projects created by three great names of the visual arts: in fact, from 30th September, the courtyard at the entrance to the OGR will provide the setting for an installation created by South African artist William Kentridge, who will once again interact with Italy’s public spaces following his depiction of an enormous procession along the edge of the Tiber in Rome in 2016.
Inside the buildings, meanwhile, two spaces will be created that will interact with the architecture and offer visitors a unique immersive experience: the “Sala Fucine” will host “At the Edge of Chaos”, a large-scale kinetic installation created by London-based artistic collective United Visual Artists (UVA) that will use sound, light and movement to interact with the public both as individuals and as a group; in a second space, OGR’s 2,700 m2 exhibition area, Patrick Tuttofuoco, one of the most respected Italian artists of his generation, will present “Tutto Infinito”, a futuristic landscape of red earth with fascinating totem-like sculptures designed and created in collaboration with the young guests of CasaOz, which visitors are free to explore.
The concerts will be held, as previously mentioned, on the three Saturdays of 30th September and 7th and 14th October starting at 7pm, while the three works of art will remain open to the public every day from the 11 to 19 during the “Big Bang” days.
The complete calendar of activities and events can be found online at ogrtorino.it and through its official pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.