• Luciano Pistoi. Inseguo un mio disegno

    texts by Mirella Bandini, Maria Cristina Mundici, Maria Teresa Roberto, Margherita Sassone
    pages: 432
    format: 16,5 x 24 cm
    date of publication: May 2008
    immages: 16 col. e 200 b/n
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian
    isbn 9788877572226


    This volume, published with the support of the Piedmont Region, is a tribute to the forty years of activity of Luciano Pistoi (1927-1995), art critic, cultural promoter and organiser, and one of the most important and influential gallery owners in Italy. His career developed between Turin, Rome and Castello di Volpaia, where he was quick to present emerging international artists, chosen counter to prevailing opinion with great passion and intuition. This led to the formation of a fine collection and the renewal of the contemporary artistic environment. Born into a Tuscan family, he came to Turin at a very young age and in the 1950s wrote as an art critic for “L’Unità”. In 1957 he opened the Galleria Notizie with an exhibition by Wols and continued by presenting the works of Fautrier, Pollock, Burri, Fontana, Dubuffet, Mathieu, Tobey, Spazzapan, Imai, Tàpies, Accardi, Gallizio, Twombly, Jorn, Shiraga, Riopelle, Francis, Nevelson and other protagonists of the informal movement. He organised extraordinary exhibitions in Turin, including, in collaboration with Michel Tapié, the first exhibition in Europe of the Japanese Gutai group in 1959 and in the same year, again with the French critic, the international Arte Nuova exhibition at the Circolo degli Artisti. In addition to Tapié, he worked with the most active and committed art critics of the time: Enrico Crispolti, Carla Lonzi, Maurizio Fagiolo and Giuliano Briganti. This volume, edited by Mirella Bandini, Maria Cristina Mundici and Maria Teresa Roberto with the agreement of the family and heirs, bears witness to Pistoi’s interest not only in the historical avant-garde and in the protagonists of the international Informal movement, but also in the work of young and unsung artists. In addition to the introductory essays by the curators, the book contains a complete record and extensive iconographic documentation of Pistoi’s exhibitions, along with an unpublished anthology of his critical writings and numerous essays originally published by the Galleria Notizie (catalogues and bulletins) and by Fattoria Editrice Castello di Volpaia.
  • Dalla Land Art alla Bioarte

    texts by Jean-Max Albert, Louis Bec, Alfio Bonanno, Nicolas Bourriaud, Pier Luigi Capucci, Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna, Gianluca Cosmacini, François Curlet, Marika De Acetis, Claude Faure, Piero Gilardi, Jens Hauser, Roberto Marchesini, Ivana Mulatero, Lorenzo Taiuti, Tea Taramino, Franco Torriani
    pages: 396 ca.
    format: 16,5 x 24 cm
    date of publication: January 2008
    images: 32 col.
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 9788877572271



    The PAV, Parco d’Arte Vivente (Park of Living Art), owned by the City of Turin, was conceived in 2002 from an idea of the Park of Living Art Cultural Association, which subsequently developed it together with the Councillorship for the Resources and the Culture Development of Turin. A first section of the PAV is currently open and functional, inspired by the marriage of art and nature. The PAV is located in Turin and the completion of the project is expected by the end of 2007. The leading concept of the PAV is of an "interactive museum in nature". The PAV urban planning is based on the most advanced standards of biocompatible architecture and landscape architecture. The PAV program is inspired by the theoretical assumptions of relational art and thus offers to the public various aesthetical and interactive experiences, which are developed through a complex system of classes, stages and workshops, and thanks to the interactive nature of the PAV itself and its exhibition paths in- and outdoor. The PAV Art Program derives is based on theoretical bases developed through a public and constant debate on all contemporary and international artistic movements dealing with the relationship art-nature: from the Land Art of the 80s and 90s to the Ecological Art and the current Bio Art. The institutional activity of the PAV includes, beyond the gradual development of a path wandering through major permanent artistic installations (currently, a first installation has been realized: Trèfle, by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster), the organization of several seasonal events: monographic exhibitions in the BIOMA building in winter and outdoor reviews in summer. The PAV Creative Research Section involves people of all ages, school groups and associations in stages and artistic expression classes, not only inside the PAV but also in other metropolitan locations. The Park of Living Art is part of the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum System of Turin, managed by the Turin Museums Foundation. The direction of the PAV has been committed by the City of Turin to the Park of Living Art Cultural Association for the first five years of its activity. The architectural project was designed by the landscape architect Gianluca Cosmacini, in collaboration with the bio-architect Alessandro Fassi. The BIOMA building, located at the centre of the Park, is an environmental piece of artwork of the artist Piero Gilardi and the internal spaces were designed by the architect Massimo Venegoni. The Artistic Direction Committee, coordinated by Ivana Mulatero, includes the French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud. The PAV team includes a group of cultural operators engaged in all the institutional activities and especially in the Creative Research Section, coordinated by Tea Taramino.

  • Equilibri trasversali. Le arti visive a Torino e in Piemonte nell’ultimo decennio del ventesimo secolo

    pages: 148
    format: 16,5 x 24 cm
    date of publication: September 2006
    images: 90 col. e b/n
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 8877572051


    This volume marks the start of a series dedicated to contemporary art promoted and coordinated by Catalogarte. Archivio del catalogo d’esposizione d’arte moderna e contemporanea, set up in 1985 at the Department of Culture. For twenty years Catalogarte. Archivio del catalogo d’esposizione di arte moderna e contemporanea has been documenting and preserving the historical memory of exhibitions in Turin and Piedmont. This is the basis for the decision to give the Archive a series of publications which, through its double value as a tool for documentation and analysis, provides, with the succession of volumes, a useful contribution to the in-depth study and knowledge of particular themes and topics stimulated by the daily evolution of artistic events, reconstructing their history and providing of reference from which certain events and experiences originate in a straightforward way that nevertheless reflects any problem areas, in order to evaluate better not only the premises but also their development. All this in a perspective of investigation that combines local, national and international dimensions in order to offer a better understanding and evaluation of the results of the work carried out by artists, be they protagonists of the contemporary scene, emerging young artists or “secluded” masters. “The work aims to highlight certain fundamental phenomena and events which, at first glance, may seem marginal, but which are in reality formative [...] and seeks in the first instance to submit hypotheses of ways forward to the reader, showing how the 1990s in Turin and Piedmont were marked by a wide range of artistic itineraries, with different levels of interpretation, in the sign of a processual dynamic. [...] In many cases, the results of these cultural ferments are now being consolidated. The centrifugal thrusts in the region are the hallmark of the 1990s, the manifestation of a desire for growth fuelled by a clear awareness that art is open to all and cannot be limited to a few museum venues – always the same ones – designated for this purpose. The twenty-first century in Turin and Piedmont, as far as contemporary art is concerned, has opened with a desire to question oneself, to challenge oneself, involving multiple situations and – why not to finding the courage to invent projects that seem impossible”. (Tiziana Conti)
  • ciboxmenti geistesnharung food4thought

    text by Gigi Brozzoni, Giacomo Fornari, Giuseppe Lo Russo, Alessandra Pace, Pier Luigi Sacco, Paola Tognon
    pages: 224
    format: 16,50 x 24 cm
    date of publication: October 2005
    images: 90 b/n e col.
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/German/English
    isbn 8877571934


    This book documents the experience of the food4thought project, its development, the exhibitions and performances which have accompanied it, the thoughts and experiences of its creators and of the experts, artists, cooks and protagonists of the world of art and culture that helped make it happen.

    Four chefs of international acclaim and five of the most fascinating artists on the contemporary scene take visitors on a unique discovery of the complex rituals connected to food, including nourishment, taste, instincts and consumption. There are four leading concepts around which the exploration revolves: food/future, food/substance, food/environment and food/exchange.

    The first work is Food 4 Stars, which reflects on the role that food will play in the future. From the collaboration of Davide Scabin, a chef from Turin with incredible passion and creativity, and precursor of Italian food design, with the Norwegian artist Sissel Tolas, who focuses his work on the concept of aroma as a creative element, comes an interactive, in-depth show based on scientific research. The second work revolves around the concept of food intended primarily as matter. Primordial instincts such as grasping, chewing and swallowing, as well as the various dietary habits of our society, are at the center of reflection for Italian artist Dunja Scannavini and chefs Burkhard Bacher (famous for the combinations of Italian, French and Thai cuisine) and Herbert Hintner (renowned chef who succeeded in bringing together continental culture and poetic Mediterranean “lightness” in an original, surprising manner). The third section of the exhibit features the two chefs, Burkhard Bacher and Herbert Hintner (with the collaboration of Gigi Brozzoni). Here, one reflects on the indissoluble connection between food and landscape through an experimental study of the element of water, which is fundamental not only in all culinary creations but also in any landscape, be it manmade or natural. The aim is to allow for the perception of territory being perfectly connected to our eating habits through the senses of taste and smell. The “non-food” of a landscape will therefore be concretely represented by the combination of small amounts of crystal-clear water, found in the vaporization of four basic materials: meat, fish, milk and vegetables. The relationship between food and distribution is dealt with in the work by chef Thomas Mayr of Alto Adige in collaboration with two renowned artists: Raúl Cárdenas Osuna from Mexico and Francesco Jodice from Italy. The project consists of a particular dough specially created by Mayr, by adding a number of symbolic ingredients from Alto Adige to a traditional recipe, and by its packaging, created by the two artists, which clearly specifies the product’s origins and truly innovative design. Finally, French artist Ben Vautier’s “infiltration” (a series of items that will be found in the display areas) is truly surprising and will prompt even further reflection.


    Artists: Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, Francesco Jodice, Dunja Scannavini, Sissel Tolaas, Ben Vautier

    Cooks: Burkhard Bacher, Herbert Hintner, Thomas Mayr, Davide Scabin

  • Marcello Levi: ritratto di un collezionista. Dal Futurismo all’Arte Povera

    texts by Maria Centonze, Robert Lumley, Francesco Manacorda
    pages: 160
    format: 21,5 x 30,5 cm
    date of publication: September 2005
    images: 65 col. and b/w
    binding: paperback
    language: Italian/English
    isbn 8877571950



    The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition held at the Estorick Collection in London from September 14th to December 18th 2005.

    From Futurism to Arte Povera: Works from the Marcello Levi Collection exhibition brings to London for the first time over fifty paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations from the collection of Marcello Levi, one of the leading collectors of contemporary art in Italy. Levi began collecting Futurist drawings and masters such as Klee and Man Ray, before becoming one of the earliest collectors of Arte Povera. His incredible foresight enabled him to gather together a remarkable body of work that has rarely been shown in public before.

    Levi was active during the same years as Eric Estorick, but tended to favour abstract rather than figurative art. The exhibitions selection, installation and display of key works reveals fascinating parallels and differences in their approaches to collecting, making this a particularly stimulating and insightful venture for the Estorick Collection.

    The book includes two essays by Robert Lumley (Professor of Italian Cultural History at University College in London) and by Francesco Manacorda, art critic and curator of the Levi collection, plus a conversation curated by Maria Centonze.

  • Guggenheim Public

    edited by Anita Sieff
    pages 192
    format 16,5 x 22 cm
    date of pubblication January 2002
    binding softbound
    images 120
    language Italian/English
    isbn 98877571527


    The book documents the Guggenheim Public project, a complex process that lasted five years: from September 1996 to December 2001. The inspiration for the project is easily recognisable and leads back to the legacy of Josef Beuys. The intention of Anita Sieff, creator and curator of the entire programme, was to create a series of appointments and to make each encounter a “social sculpture”, as Beuys understood the intangible work of communication. The book takes into account the editing of the various contributions of the many participants by a flexible editorial team.