The exhibition “Torino, Europa. Le grandi opere d’arte della Galleria Sabauda nella Manica Nuova di Palazzo Reale”, opens in the New Wing of Palazzo Reale (entrance from Via XX Settembre). The exhibition is one of the two sections which hosts “I quadri del Re. Un’eccezionale mostra con i capolavori delle collezioni sabaude”, organised by the Superintendency for the Historic, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage of Piedmont, in association with the Department for the Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Piedmont and La Venaria Reale Consortium.
The New Wing section is curated by Edith Gabrielli, Superintendent for the Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage of Piedmont, and the exhibition has been staged by Studio Albini of Milan.
“This exhibition of masterpieces is the first step in the move, earmarked for completion in 2014, of all the works of the Savoy Gallery to the New Wing of Palazzo Reale”, explains the head of the Department for the Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Piedmont Mario Turetta, “so making it an integral part of Turin’s Polo Reale. This great project will go to form an important museum complex in the historic centre of the city, made up of the Savoy Gallery itself, Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Chiablese, the Royal Library, the Royal Armoury, the Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Gardens”.
In this perspective the exhibition in the New Wing, continues Turetta: “becomes an act of public service aimed at giving visibility to the most significant works of the Savoy Gallery, cementing the ties of tourists and citizens with the Gallery, starting the process of winning over public loyalty to the new location and communicating the early results of a thorough, in-depth effort of scientific cataloguing".
The tour trail is based on ninety-five art works from the 14th to the 19th centuries. “They are sculptures and above all paintings, selected from the more than one thousand two hundred which make up the works owned by the Savoy Gallery and submitted for the occasion to a meticulous review of their state of conservation”, says the Superintendent Edith Gabrielli. Many “symbolic paintings” are involved, namely those masterpieces for which the Savoy Gallery is known throughout the world, from the Stigmata of Saint Francis by Jan Van Ecyk, to the Annunciation by Orazio Gentileschi and the Equestrian portrait of Tommaso Francesco of Savoia-Carignano by Antoon van Dyck. These and other works will be called upon to interact with others which have yet to enjoy the space and attention they deserve, so as to form an original, scrupulously scientific critical path, aimed at encouraging engagement between the artistic school of Piedmont and other Italian or European schools".
With this exhibition, the Savoy Gallery, at exactly one hundred and eighty years from its foundation (by Carlo Alberto in 1832), enters a totally new phase. The operation is evolutionary with respect to the past, not the first time this has happened in the history of the museum. “In 1865 the Gallery had already moved from Palazzo Madama to Palazzo dell' Accademia delle Scienze”, explains the director of the Savoy Gallery Anna Maria Bava. “The reason for that initial transfer was preservation, whereas today the change is dictated by the need to adapt the Savoy Gallery to the new role of Turin, a city which at least since the Olympic Games of 2006 has taken its place on the international stage as a crossroads of art and culture”.
Tuesdays to Sundays: 8.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
The ticket office closes at 6 p.m.
Last visit: 6.30 p.m.
The entrance ticket includes the full visit of the Polo Reale which takes in the Palazzo Reale, Royal Armoury, Savoy Gallery and the Archaeological Museum.
The ticket office is located at Palazzo Reale – Piazzetta Reale 1.
FULL PRICE 12.00 euros
REDUCED 6.00 euros (18-25 year-olds)
with school children/tour guides/staff of the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities/ ICOM members/the disabled and their companions/ holders of the Museum Subscription card and the Torino+Piemonte Card.
Guided visits available on booking. The visit lasts 45 minutes. Access to the disabled is guaranteed.
GALLERIA SABAUDA (SABAUDA PICTURE GALLERY) - New Wing of Royal Palace
Via XX Settembre, 86
10124 - Turin
For information: +39 011 5641729