Sunday, December 27, 2009

Luci d'Artista

This morning's inbox included an email from our friend Mario in Northern Italy who, upon seeing Kelly's photos of Bentleyville, sent the photos here about Turin's special light display called Luci d'Artista. (Artist's Lights)

In 2010 Turin commissioned significant Italian and international contemporary artists to display their work publicly each year through the holiday season. Each night the streets of Turin become an art gallery. The light show is now an annual spectacle, initiated in 1998. Some of the 14 artists who have been commissioned by the city to show their work this year include Mario Airo, Enrica Borghi, Rebecca Horn, Ohio born Joseph Kosuth, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, and Michaelangelo Pistoletto among others.

The event is part of Turin's regenerative strategy and is considered to play an important part in its bid to establish itself as an international centre for contemporary art.

In addition to enjoying the visual excitement of the event itself, it is an opportunity to gain an introduction to and become acquainted with several new contemporary artists.

Looks wonderful, doesn't it? Wish we could go.

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