October 30, 2020 – June 20, 2021 Galleria Grande of the Reggia di Venaria
The majestic Galleria Grande of the Reggia di Venaria, a grandiose Baroque complex on the outskirts of Turin declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, marries contemporary art by hosting “La giostra di Nina”, the monumental installation by the artist Valerio Berruti from the next 30 October until June 20, 2021.
Valerio Berruti is known for his essential images inspired by the suspended world of childhood, the moment in life when everything has yet to happen. The artist uses different techniques: from fresco to sculpture through video animation made up of drawings joined in sequence.
“Nina’s carousel” is a 7-meter diameter sculpture inspired by ancient carousels, which the artist personally shaped and on which children and adults will be invited to climb. Instead of the classic horses it is made up of birds, a symbol of everyday life and also of freedom, flanked by protagonists destined to take flight. “The carousel of Nina” is the symbol of the homonymous film project by Valerio Berruti consisting of about 3,000 hand-made drawings joined in sequence to become frames of a video. The animated short, co-produced by Sky Arte with the soundtrack specially written by Ludovico Einaudi, was presented last year as an absolute preview at the MAXXI National Museum of 21st Century Arts on the occasion of the Rome Film Festival. Currently the short film, which will be visible at the Royal Palace together with the great sculpture, is participating in the main international film festivals with great success: from the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to the prestigious Tirana International Film Festival up to the victory, in the animated shorts category, of the first edition of the KINNO Film Festival in Moscow.
The monumental sculpture will be exhibited to the public in the fairytale setting of the Reggia di Venaria, allowing everyone to admire it, listen to the soundtrack composed by Ludovico Einaudi through a mechanical music box and physically climb it, thus completing the work with active participation. Because, as Berruti explains: «I wanted to create a sculpture that housed the children, not just that represented them. Children are part of this work, as in a collective performance: every time the carousel starts, it will be a different work, with different emotions, a generator of performance. And to think that my work can dialogue at the Reggia with the extraordinary architecture of Juvarra is a great emotion for me too ».
Together with the great participatory work and the animated short film, some frames that make up the video animation will be exhibited.
Curated by Guido Curto.
The exhibition is realized thanks to the contribution of Lavazza.
The short film, produced by Valerio Berruti and Sky Arte, is supported by the Film Commission Torino Piemonte – Short Film Fund.
Photo Credits Letizia Cigliutti.
The work is included in the tour of the noble floor of the Palace. For information: www.lavenaria.it – tel. +39 011 4992333