“SHIT AND DIE”

One Torino
Multiple venues
November 6, 2014–January 11, 2015

View of “SHIT AND DIE,” 2014–15.

Forty thousand real one-dollar bills are composed as a sort of wallpaper at the entrance to this show, which is curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Myriam Ben Salah, and Marta Papini. Titled THE HUG (all works 2014), this piece by Eric Doeringer is a symbol of one of the identities of kaleidoscopic Turin—an industrial city, a city of growth, and also the historical hub of Arte Povera. Turin is moreover a city imbued with mysticism and occultism. Yuri Ancarani’s film Sťance, which documents a dinner with the disembodied spirit of the architect Carlo Mollino in the Casa Mollino, appropriately expresses this idea in the show. Throughout, the curators have achieved a delicate balance between contrasting ideas and signs, constructing an exhibition that is impossible to constrain within predefined parameters.

One highlight of the exhibition is the various portraits in PEZZI TOZZI by Thomas Braida, Valerio Nicolai, Emiliano Troco, and Aleksander Velišček, which depict present-day Turin residents—Piero Chiambretti, Umberto Tozzi, Piero Fassino, Giuliano Amato, Achille Occhetto, Luciana Littizzetto, Marco Travaglio, and Piero Angela—a group that synthesizes the show’s focus, namely, the city’s antithetical natures and paradoxes. Also on view are four vases engraved by prisoners who were sentenced to death in Turin’s gallows, which have been loaned from the Museum of Criminal Anthropology Cesare Lombroso. Meanwhile, there are more depictions of legends from Turin—including Luigi Ruatti’s 1835 portrait of Giorgio Orsolano (a nineteenth-century murderer, famous for his savage crimes) as well as works by the illustrious Turin-based artist Carol Rama.

Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.

— Marco Tagliafierro