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GAM & Castello di Rivoli presents: Colori – Part 2

GAM & Castello di Rivoli presents: Colori – Part 2

After a long breakfast, I started my day with a relaxing Saturday morning walk. I’m on my way to the bus station at Porta Susa, where a free shuttle bus takes me to the beautiful Castello di Rivoli. A nice journey of an hour drive on the longest and straightest road in Europe, Corso Francia. The sun is shining, the sky is blue:  a perfect day to enjoy the beautiful location and see the second part of the exhibition COLORI.


Till the 23 of July 2017

Castello di Rivoli – Museo D’arte Contemporanea
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia – 10098 Rivoli (Torino)
+39 011.9565222 – 280

From Tuesday till Friday 10am – 5pm 
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm

Full price €8,50 | Reduced price €6,50 (free admission with Abbonamento Musei and Torino Card)

Read Colori GAM part 1 

The breathtaking Castello di Rivoli

Going to Castello di Rivoli is already a wonderful experience. Beautiful views, interesting architecture, you can basically smell the history. Not only from the outside, the inside is even more exciting. Old wall paintings, wooden floors, it is the perfect combination to increase the contrast with the presenting contemporary art. The historic rooms on the first and second floor shows the permanent international collection. It documents the important moments in the development of contemporary art abroad and in Italy from 1960 to today. Minimal, Land and Body Art are present in this inspiring collection. When you visit the museum you cannot escape from the big artwork by Mario Merz, which belongs to the Arte Povera, an important movement in the art history started in Italy. As a Dutch girl, which is used to experience a lot of contemporary art back in Holland, the museum of Castello di Rivoli in Turin is the one I definitely appreciate the most.

Castello di Rivoli

Castello di Rivoli vista

The 4096 colours by Gerhard Richter

When we think of a leading exponent of contemporary art we think of Gerhard Richter: one of my favourite artists who has many different kinds of painting styles. Throughout his career, he developed a photorealistic painting technique where he explores the role of the image in today’s society. In this painting below, we see 4096 coloured cells in an unpredictable and random way. The visual complexity of this work overwhelms our eye’s ability. You really have to take your time to observe well this work. It’s hard to adapt all those coloured squares and process the image. That’s the reason why Richter doesn’t focus on the interpretation of reality, but he wants the spectator to analyse the philosophy of the visual reception process.

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Gerhard Richter (1932) 4096 Farben (4096 Colours) 1974

castello rivoli cafe

Feel the colours

To enjoy again the beautiful weather and the amazing view of Turin I give myself some time to overthink the artwork I have seen while having a delicious cappuccino and a piece of lemon pie at the Caffetteria del Castello. With more energy I get back to the exhibition Colori. I notice the high ceilings combined with colourful art which is, for my opinion, an excellent combination. You have all the space and light to absorb the art in a relaxing way.

Speaking of light, the Room for one colour by Olafur Eliasson is definitely worth the visit. In this room there is only one light source, there are yellow lamps hanged on the ceiling. When entering the room, I experience the yellow light which is embracing me. I immediately notice the effects of the yellow light. Clothes, faces, everything looks different and feels different. The longer I stay, the more peculiar it gets.

castello rivoli colori
castello rivoli colori

COLORI: is it worth the visit?

There are many ways to approach the exhibition COLORI. You can discover how your emotions get influenced by colours such as the work by Olafur Eliasson or as we have seen at Cruz-Diez’s room at the GAM (read also GAM Colori Part 1). You can even explore the way artists used their colours to emphasise the feelings of the sitter or subject, like the painting of Munch or the works by Kandinsky. The presented 400 artworks in both museums are so diverse that for every art lover there is something interesting to see. As a visitor, you just have to experience the thousands of colours and let them lead the way to your true emotions.

castello rivoli cafe
Pino Pascali (1935) – Bachi da setola (Bristle Silkworms) 1968

All images © 2017 Anne-Marije Middag

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