To inaugurate the exhibition season of the GAM - Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin is an exhibition full of surprises that intends to offer the opportunity to rediscover part of the museum's nineteenth -century collection, which for almost four years has no longer been visible to the public.
Curated by Riccardo Passoni , Director of the GAM, and by Virginia Bertone , Chief Curator of the collections, the exhibition presents seventy-one works including paintings, pastels, large charcoal drawings, marble sculptures, delicate plaster casts and waxes. Along the way it will be possible to find well-known masterpieces such as After the duel by Antonio Mancini , The ivy by Tranquillo Cremona or The mirror of life by Pellizza da Volpedo , alongside works never exhibited until now, but which in the nineteenth century were considered as real jewels of modern collection of the Museum, such as the canvas by Enrico Gamba , Here is Jerusalem! or that of Francesco Gonin , Nobili on the road, who thanks to the research carried out for the exhibition has rediscovered its history and its true title: The guide. Study of chestnut trees from life.
To make the plot of the collection more immediately legible, the itinerary compares the noble tradition of figure painting with the novelty of research on the landscape which were, in their most free and experimental expressions, the subject of harsh criticism by the conservative press and of the academic institution.
Eight thematic sections accompany the visitor along the exhibition itinerary: Birth of a collection, New sensitivities and researches , Landscape painting at the Civic Museum, From Scapigliatura to Divisionism and Symbolist researches between painting and sculpture. To enrich it are three monographic spaces dedicated to Andrea Gastaldi , Antonio Fontanesi and Giacomo Grosso, which underline their influence on the Turin art scene also through the significant nuclei of the works preserved at the GAM.