postcript Bordeaux

Normally the UNIDEE blog ends with our open studio event, however this year, post the aforementioned event we were extremely lucky to be invited to spend 4 days in Bordeaux. We went to France to attend the opening few days of Evento – Art for an Urban Re-Evolution of which Michelangelo Pistoletto is artistic director.

Residents meeting the people who will host them during their stay in Bordeaux…Incredibly kind, generous and open people who welcomed us into their homes and treated us like family. A HUGE thank you to all of them!!!

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extra photos by Armona Pistoletto and Cai Weidong

The Biennale of Bordeaux 6-16 October…it’s all free and if you can get there in time, you should go!


fondazione sandretto re rebaudengo

(Turin – Porta Nuova train station)

We are back in Turin this week with a visit to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo where we met with the curator of the Fondazione Irene Calderoni:

The Italian contemporary art foundation Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo was officially set up in Turin in 1995 by contemporary art collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The Fondazione’s main aim is to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art and of today’s leading trends at an international level.

We visited the current exhibition Un’Espressione Geografica (Curated by Francesco Bonami)

castello di rivoli

Visit to Castello di Rivoli, near Turin. The Castello’s permanent collection was established in 1984, the year the museum opened, and it is continually added to through new acquisitions, donations, and long-term loans. The collection documents crucial moments in the development of contemporary art in Italy and abroad from the 1950s to the present day.

We were given tours of the Educational Department by Brunella Manzardo as well as a viewing of the permanent collection with Alessia Giorda and later a discussion with assistant curator at the Castello di Rivoli Marianna Cecellio…

The following photographs of the permanent collection were made with the kind permission of Castello di Rivoli communications office:

visit to zegna wool mill

Out of the fondazione and into the territory – today we visited the the original and still functioning wool mill of the Italian clothing company Ermenegildo Zegna up in the mountains in Trivero, which is also the home of Fondazione Zegna. Biella and the surrounding landscape was defined by the textile industry, which provided employment to the masses as well as a definite industrial architectural style, so the visit is an important contextual element for anyone who spends time in the area.

installation by Daniel Buren on the wool mill roof

The inside of the wool mill or lanificio is an incredible mix of sites, smells and sounds, the industrial architecture from one hundred years of production, the machines that take innumerable shapes and forms and dance to their own production rhythms and of course the smell and steam from the washing and dying machines…

We were also shown around the vast archives of the company, the 100 years exhibition and installations from habitusZegna all housed in the casaZegna archive.