From 22 June to 9 Jenuary 2021. Juvarra's Citroniera
Landscape in the works of the artists from the late eighteenth century to presentToday, the debate on environmental protection, climate change, the emergencies caused by pollution and the reckless devastation caused by man to our planet is more than ever a hot topic in the international agenda – just think of the movement sparked by Greta Thunberg. It is important to stress how similar themes such as love, sensitivity for Nature and passion for uncontaminated landscapes have also been the leitmotifs of numerous artists of the past, from pre-Romantic painters of the late eighteenth century to contemporary masters.
The exhibition Infinite beauty. Landscape and Environment in Italy from Romantic painting to contemporary art is held in the majestic Citroniera of the Juvarra Stables, in the Reggia di Venaria, once a shelter for the citrus plants of the Gardens. Its purpose is to document such interest and passion for these topics by presenting over 200 works including paintings, photographs, videos and installations.
The exhibition was made possible thanks to an agreement between the Consorzio delle Residenze Reali Sabaude and the Fondazione Torino Musei, which allowed about 100 paintings from the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin to become the protagonists of this event dedicated to the #Green theme. The intention is to introduce the general public to the green aesthetics and environmentalist sensitivity of the early Romanticism through the works of the artists and the thought of philosophers such as Immanuel Kant who celebrated a Sublime and Picturesque Nature, which evokes fear and reverence or, rather, joyful serenity.
The works on display are borrowed not only from the Civic Gallery but also from important Italian museums and private collections, including the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art in Palazzo Madama, the Royal Museums of Turin, the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Modern Art Gallery in Milan, the Gallery of Modern Art in Genoa, the Civic Museums of Brescia, GNAM in Rome, the Venice Civic Museums Foundation and the Uffizi Gallery.
The exhibition also collaborates with the Conservation and Restoration Centre of La Venaria Reale.
The exhibition, under the auspices of the Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the Metropolitan City of Turin, is curated by Virginia Bertone (Chief Curator of the GAM), Guido Curto (General Manager of the Reggia di Venaria and of the Consortium of Royal Savoy Residences) and Riccardo Passoni (Director of the GAM), supported by a scientific committee composed of Barbara Cinelli (Roma Tre University), Piergiorgio Dragone (University of Turin), Flavio Fergonzi (Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and Laura Iamurri (Roma Tre University).