One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind
Fifty years from the landing of the first man on the Moon, over 60 works including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings and design objects tell the influence of the silver star on art and artists from the nineteenth century to 1969. The exhibition, curated by Luca Beatrice and Marco Bazzini, is produced in collaboration between Palazzo Madama - Civic Museum of Ancient Art and GAM - Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin, with the contribution of the Piedmont Region.Half a century has passed since man arrived on the moon: a fundamental goal, in some ways incredible, pursued since ancient times. Target, dream, impossible mission, yet also trust in progress and in the future.
The Moon is in fact the celestial body that more than any other has always inspired great adventures, fantastic and literary explorations, ranging from Luciano di Samosata to Dante, from Ariosto to Leopardi, from Verne to Calvino. In 1865 the book by Jules Verne was published, From the Earth to the Moon, which gives the title to the exhibition: one of the most famous accounts of an imaginary journey to the Moon.
It is from the nineteenth century that the theme of lunar travel takes hold in art, intertwining with themes of exoticism, progress of nations, colonialism even if, for the moment, the Moon remains a place reachable only with fantasy. The romantic painters, in particular, interpreting the melancholy and dreamy gaze of man in front of the mystery, decline the theme of moonlight, and among these the Piedmontese De Gubernatis, Bagetti and Carutti di Cantogno with the painting of 1911 Sorge la luna.
After this debut, the exhibition continues with works from the historical avant-gardes: the fairy-tale atmospheres of Marc Chagall, the rigorous metaphysics of Felice Casorati, the meticulous calligraphy of Paul Klee, the surrealism of Max Ernst and Alexander Calder.