Project Description


The rich and stimulating theme of vanitas, revisited through an innovative exhibition, provides for the display of more than fifty works of the great masters – from Baschenis to Solimena, from Murillo to Cagnacci, made between the end of the sixteenth century and the eighteenth century – that deal with the theme of the transience of life and the essence of the ephemeral human vanity.

The important group of works is confronted with a selection of works by international contemporary artists – donated by Renato Alpegiani that this year has enriched the permanent collections of the MEF – whose pivot revolves around the theme of the passage from life to death, from near side and beyond.  The thirty-six artists in the exhibition with photographs, installations, sculptures and paintings, ranging from Carol Rama to Danh Vo, from General Idea to Thomas Saraceno, from Santiago Sierra to Maria Lai.

From still life to baroque paintings of figure all leads, both in ancient and in the contemporary works, the theme of the exhibition which is completed by twelve photographs by Fred Goudon portraying the main athletes of international rugby.

Il silenzio delle cose
Vanitas, allegorie e nature morte da collezioni italiane
curated by Davide Dotti

Non la parola fine ma la fine delle parole
La donazione Renato Alpegiani
curated by Andrea Busto e Lorena Tadorni

Corpi atletici – Dieux du Stade
Fotografie di atleti di Fred Goudon
curated by Andrea Busto

The Messengers of Gravity
Opere site-specific di Luca Pozzi
curated by Gianluigi Ricuperati

Think of me, sometimes
Performance di Ruben Montini e Alexander Pohnert
curated by Andrea Busto


Opening dates
31 October 2015 – 28 February 2016

Opening times
From Wednesday to Friday 14-19
Saturday and Sunday 11-19

Città di Torino
Regione Piemonte
Fondazione CRT
Fondazione Ettore Fico
Torino Capitale Sport
Torino Contemporary

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Think of me, sometimes
Performance di Ruben Montini e Alexander Pohnert