OGR@Venice Biennale - Artistic Program launch



From William Kentridge to Liam Gillick, Tino Sehgal, Susan Hiller and Mike Nelson, an array of world-famous artists and curators will launch site-specific projects for the new art and technology hub, which has been regenerated by the Fondazione CRT.


Venice, 11 May 2017 – The great and good of the global contemporary art scene are to help relaunch OGR Torino, the city’s former Officine Grandi Riparazioni. Spanning a total of 35,000m2, the extraordinary space was built in the late 19th century and used for train maintenance until the early 1990s. It has now been renovated by the Fondazione CRT and transformed into a new hub of art and technology in the heart of the city.

“The new OGR is one of the largest venture philanthropy projects in Europe and will strengthen Turin’s place as one of the global capitals of contemporary art,” commented OGR general director Massimo Lapucci. “Some of the world’s leading artists have chosen to create bespoke projects for this extraordinary space, which aims to become an international focal point for the sector and provide a new opportunity for boosting dialogue between young, emerging talents and more established names. This works hand in glove with the work the Fondazione CRT has always done to encourage growth and development in the local area by adopting best practices in Italy and abroad.”


The inauguration of the 57th Venice Biennale was the setting chosen to reveal the first international artists and curators at the centre of the new OGR’s Visual Arts programme, which is being led by art director Nicola Ricciardi.

The first date for the diary is 30 September 2017, the launch date of the OGR. The day will see the official unveiling of a work of public art by William Kentridge and a futuristic temporary installation by Patrick Tuttofuoco.


On 3 November, to coincide with the art fair Artissima, the OGR will launch its first large collective exhibition. Come una Falena alla Fiamma [Like a Moth to a Flame] is curated by Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick and Mark Rappolt, in collaboration with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

2018 will see a range of personal exhibitions from artists of international importance such as Tino Sehgal, Susan Hiller and Mike Nelson, as well as another significant collective exhibition created in collaboration with the Castello di Rivoli.


Corte Est Commissions: William Kentridge presents “Procession of Reparationists

On 30 September, in the courtyard in front of the east entrance to the OGR, an important site-specific work by the South African artist William Kentridge – one of the leading contemporary art figures in the world – will be officially unveiled. The curatorship and production of the commission was entrusted to the Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, an institution that has for many years been supported by the Fondazione CRT.


Kentridge, who was nominated by director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and approved by the scientific committee of the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (composed of Sir Nicholas Serota, Manuel Borja-Villel and Rudi Fuchs), will create a work inspired by the industrial, working-class origins of the Officine Grandi Riparazioni. The sculpture, which is made from black metal, is made up of a sequence of highly significant, symbolic figures which allude to the repair of trains and bodies. The work, entitled “Procession of Reparationists”, is the first in a series of public commissions – the Corte Est Commissions – designed to be enjoyed by the whole city.


The Big Bang with Tuttofuoco: a bridge between art and CasaOz

30 September will also see the launch of the “Big Bang”, the OGR’s grand reopening celebration which will run for two weeks until 14 October and feature concerts, interactive exhibitions and children’s workshops. Entry will be free to all. 

To mark the occasion, Patrick Tuttofuoco – one of the most well-respected artists of his generation – is teaming up with children from CasaOz to create a futuristic 2500m2 landscape which can be freely explored by visitors. The installation is inspired by the works in the Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT’s collection and is relying on the help of local children through the form of initiatives and workshops organised by Zonarte, the network that brings together the education departments of the primary contemporary art institutions in Piedmont (Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, GAM-Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Fondazione Merz and PAV-Parco Arte Vivente).


Like a Moth to a Flame: from Ancient Egypt to the present day, a diverse array of works curated by Tom Eccles, Mark Rappolt and Liam Gillick

Come una Falena alla Fiamma (Like a Moth to a Flame) is the title of the large project set to kick off the OGR Torino’s exhibition programme on 3 November 2017. The exhibition, which is being organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, is to incorporate the two sides of the new OGR’s spirit: its deep-set roots, linked to the history of the city and the local area, and its markedly international outlook, which helps it to attract visitors, professionals and institutional partners from all over the world.

Like a Moth to a Flame is an ambitious project curated by three internationally renowned figures who are working together for the first time against the backdrop of the city of Turin and its significant art heritage. They are Tom Eccles, the director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York, Mark Rappolt, the editor in chief of the English magazine Art Review, and British artist Liam Gillick.

Organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the contemporary art institution which marks the 25th anniversary of the foundation of its collection in 2017, the exhibition will take up nearly a third of the 9000m2 Manica Nord of the OGR. Central to the exhibition are a series of partnerships and exchanges with some of Turin’s foremost public museums, including the Museo Egizio, Palazzo Madama, MAO -Museo d’Arte Orientale, GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and Castello di Rivoli – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. The result is a combination of contemporary art and masterpieces from past centuries.

From Ancient Egypt via the medieval era to the age of globalisation, Like a Moth to a Flame aims to build up a snapshot of the city of Turin using the objects that the city itself – and its residents – have collected and in some cases produced. In looking at themes and ideas from art history and the different ways in which the old concepts can be brought up to date, the exhibition will focus on a large nucleus of works stored in some of the city’s most important collections of art and antiquity. For the duration of the exhibition, these will be housed at the OGR and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.


The exhibition will be open until the second half of January 2018.

The OGR in 2018: three important personal exhibitions and a partnership with the Castello di Rivoli

The highlights of the Visual Arts programme for 2018 include personal exhibitions from Tino Sehgal (curated by Luca Cerizza), Susan Hiller (curated by Barbara Casavecchia) and Mike Nelson, as well as the “Castellodirivoli@OGR” collective exhibition curated by Marcella Beccaria. Tino Sehgal, the British-German artist renowned globally for his elaborate collective projects which challenge the traditional relationship between art and observer and a winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2013, brings a personal exhibition to Italy for the first time, having already produced an exhibition with the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in 2008 and represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 2007.

The American-born artist Susan Hiller is a pioneering figure in multimedia art and installation art based around anthropology. She has been active on the international scene for over 40 years. Following her exhibitions at the Fondazione Ratti in 2011 and the Castello di Rivoli in 2006, she will now create a special work for the OGR’s regenerated industrial spaces.

British artist Mike Nelson, who was behind the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2011, will bring a new site-specific installation to an institutional space in Italy for the very first time. The exhibition is planned for summer 2018. The OGR will also host a project designed to broaden Turin’s cultural offering and provide a new platform for the activities of the Castello di Rivoli in Turin while encouraging closer collaboration with the local area. The first part of this cycle of exhibitions curated by the Castello di Rivoli – inspired by works in the Fondazione CRT per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea’s collection, which is housed at the museum – is the “Castellodirivoli@OGR” exhibition (working title). Devised by Marcella Beccaria, the exhibition will launch in spring 2018.

The new OGR Torino: from former train workshop to hub for art and technology in the heart of the city

Situated nearby to the Porta Susa train station and just 50 minutes from Milan thanks to the high-speed train link, the OGR is one of the most important examples of 19th-century industrial architecture in Turin. A collection of majestic buildings in an H shape, the Fondazione CRT has invested €90m to redevelop the site, working with the local authorities and the City of Turin. The new OGR will be officially opened on 30 September with the Big Bang, a two-week celebration during which entry to the space will be free to all.

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