A challenge to the Baroque style
March 13 - June 14, 2020, Juvarra's Citroniera
An extraordinary artistic journey towards modernityOver 200 masterpieces from the most prestigious museums and collections around the world for an not-to-miss exhibition, set up in the grandiose spaces of the Juvarra's Citroniera at Reggia di Veneria.
The Challenge to the Baroque is launched by artists in the name of modernity with the experimentation with new forms and new communication languages developed between 1680 and 1750. A search that develops between Rome and Paris, the two poles of attraction of modern Europe, with which the Turin of those years entertains an intense dialogue of ideas and exchange of works and artists, which contribute to an epochal season of renewal of the arts on the international scene.
The ancient fables in theatrical history paintings, the sacred tales in altarpieces, the seduction and grace in sculptures and paintings, the planning of spectacular architectural models and the precious refinement of furnishings and ornaments (together with the splendid Savoy Bucentaur, to close the exhibition) accompany visitors along the exciting and amazing journey in search of a modern identity.
Giuseppe Dardanello and Michela di Macco
Project of the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura realized thanks to Compagnia di San Paolo.
General organization by Consorzio della Residenze Reali Sabaude.
Andrea Bacchi (Director of the Federico Zeri Foundation, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna)
Liliana Barroero (“Roma Tre” University)
Anne-Lise Desmas (Department Head, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles)
Sybille Ebert-Schifferer (Director Emeritus, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome)
Guillaume Faroult (Conservateur Peintures françaises 18e siècle, Département des Peintures, Musée du Louvre, Paris)
Peter Fuhring (Conseiller Scientifique, Fondation Custodia, Paris)
Chiara Gauna (University of Turin)
Enrica Pagella (Director of the Royal Museums of Turin)
Simonetta Prosperi Valenti Rodinò (“Tor Vergata” University of Rome )
Giovanni Romano (Professor Emeritus University of Turin)
Pierre Rosenberg (de l’Académie française, Paris)
Guilhem Scherf (conservateur Département des Sculptures, Europe 18e siècle, Musée du Louvre, Paris)
The exhibition is a great monograph by David LaChapelle, one of the world’s most famous contemporary photographers and directors.
His subjects are celebrities (Michael and Janet Jackson, Hillary Clinton and Muhammad Ali, Jeff Koons and Madonna, Uma Thurman and David Bowie, just to cite a few) presented along with the shots of the artist’s most recent quest that led him to develop a more private and philosophical dimension, absolute values.
Religion, sensuality and sexuality, passage of time, respect for nature: everything unfolds in a dreamlike manner, in a language that embodies the American photographer, but which always comes to terms with the real dimension because, contrary to appearances, all that is depicted in these images is the result of a real reconstruction that has nothing to share with its digital counterparts.
Curated by: Reiner Opoku and Denis Curti
In partnership with Civita Mostre