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EXPANDED The Landscapes of art
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EXPANDED The Landscapes of art

From 3 May to 1 September 2024

GAM - Modern Art Gallery of Turin

GAM - Modern Art Gallery of Turin

Via Magenta, 31, Turin

Closed today: open tomorrow at 10:00

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GAM is happy to present the exhibition dedicated to some photographers who have been able to convey the many aspects of art and portray in the broadest sense its landscapes composed of works and architecture, the faces of the artists and their moments of work in the studio or in the natural landscape.

The exhibition is part of Expanded, the three-chapter reinterpretation of the photographic collection of the Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art CRT, which comes to life on the occasion of the international EXPOSED festival. Turin Photo Festival. The project is completed with Expanded Without, at the OGR, and Expanded with, in the rooms of the Castello di Rivoli.

Thanks to the support of Strategia Fotografia 2023 , promoted by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, GAM was able to renew its collecting commitment by acquiring 22 photographs by Gianfranco Gorgoni , taken between 1970 and 1974. The photos are dedicated to the different phases of the creation of the work Spiral Jetty by Robert Smithson, of works by Michael Heizer, as well as some portraits of artists such as Bruce Nauman, Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin and Ellsworth Kelly.


Gorgoni's images, the hypnotic force of his shots in flight above the Spiral Jetty, becoming part of the collection, have allowed, as in a virtuous spin-off, to reread the photographic gaze on art through the continuous emergence of a desire for vertigo. A desire present since the first shots taken by photographers like Nadar and, a little later, like Mario Gabinio , climbing on hot air balloons to capture the beauty of their cities from the other and welcoming within the perspective grid the vital deformation of the convexity of world and the offset from the horizon plane.

The most dizzying image in the history of photography is a snapshot of the imagination of one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century: Luigi Ghirri , in front of one of the first images of the Earth seen from the Moon, seeing within it all the images of artistic history, a inside the other, telescopically sunk, “graffiti, frescoes, paintings, writings, photographs, books, films. – he wrote – Simultaneously the representation of the world and all the representations of the world at once.”

While Gorgoni occupies the center of the exhibition, in a continuous circular motion of twisting in space, Ghirri's works are located in different moments, to mark, in dialogue with the other authors, the multiple aspects of the vertigo that photography creates by placing itself in relationship with art and becoming a representation of artistic representations. Whenever you place your easel in front of art, photography is twice as dizzying, because it is a vision facing a vision. In this case it is not a question of the Fight for an image, but of the doubling of its power, of the embrace of a gaze that places itself in front of the space of infinite meanings contained in the work of art and, producing a representation of it, it too is infinite.


The works on display are all part of a long collecting history that has enriched the museum's funds over time, among which are preserved examples of absolute historical value such as the daguerreotype of the church of the Great Mother of God created by Enrico Federico Jest in 1839, and the Photographic Archive of the Torino Musei Foundation from which Mario Gabinio 's prints come, produced between the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century. The GAM's collections increased in the early 2000s, under the direction of Pier Giovanni Castagnoli and thanks to funds from the City of Turin, with which the museum was able not only to provide extensive representation in its collections of the work of the most important Italian photographers of the second half of the twentieth century, but also to commission a broad reconnaissance and reinterpretation of the landscape values of the city, including, on display, some shots by Gabriele Basilico , Olivo Barbieri and Armin Linke . In the same years the photography collections experienced a further important addition thanks to the CRT Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art . Among these, on display, in addition to Ghirri's works, numerous photographs by Ugo Mulas , Mimmo Jodice , Aurelio Amendola and Claudio Abate.

The exhibition also presents a work created by Jacopo Benassi specifically for the occasion: Landscape of a landscape in a landscape. “The title is already a vertigo – writes Volpato – a lunge that has the inexorability of a fall. Benassi, invited to take some photos inside the GAM warehouses, chose to cut his shots inside some skies of nineteenth-century paintings, and from such a close-up point of view that the pictorial film took on the presence of epidermis. Without compositional coordinates, without any inkling of where their horizon line fell, they become immense and romantically modern. Benassi has made his two shots a sculpture on wheels, freeing himself from the reassuring coordinates of the wall and letting the work carry its own indefinite otherness around the space with respect to any predetermined idea of photography and art.”

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