Turin

Francesco Vezzoli, C-CUT-Homo Ab Homine Natus (C-CUT-Man from Man Born), 2018, concrete sculpture, bronze, marble head, alabastrine chalk, egg tempera, microcrystalline wax. Installation view. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano.

Francesco Vezzoli

Galleria Franco Noero | Piazza Carignano

One of Galleria Franco Noero’s two locations is right in the center of Turin, on the stately Piazza Carignano, surrounded by historic Baroque palaces that house museums, theaters, and famous restaurants. Perhaps it was precisely as a reaction to all this pomp that Francesco Vezzoli wanted to besiege one of these palaces with something vaguely indecorous. The gallery’s large windows were obscured by heavy curtains, the light from outside replaced by that emanating from a strip of red LED lights running along the baseboards and purple spotlights pointing at the stuccowork and pictorial decoration. The unnatural hues of the lighting that so disturbed one’s perception of the opulent and venerable interior were meant to recall the Italian horror films of the 1970s—those of Dario Argento, say, who set his first films in Turin, though the simplicity of the installation here brought to mind the

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