Ouverture

The Castello di Rivoli’s first exhibition in 1984 was conceived as a blueprint for the permanent collection, focusing on pivotal moments in contemporary art

By Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Centauro Rosso , Untitled by Luigi Mainolfi , Ulrich RückriemCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Ouverture was laid out over the first two floors of the building, and featured some hundred works and installations by as many artists.

Circle by Bruce NaumanCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Among the artists represented in Ouverture were exponents of Conceptual Art and Minimalism such as Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Bruce Nauman.

La Cabane éclatée n.3, travail situé (1984) by Daniel BurenCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Daniel Buren’s brand Exploded Cabin No. 3 is a pavilion that opened up dizzying new perspectives that in that occasion was in the Chinese room.

Untitled (1984) by Sol LeWittCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

The general introduction was followed by a large mural work in ink by Sol LeWitt.

Untitled by Jannis KounellisCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

The exhibition continued with works by leading Arte Povera artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Gilberto Zorio.

Toward the Ultramarine (1984) by Giovanni AnselmoCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Giovanni Anselmo’s Toward the Ultramarine consists of a large, triangular-shaped stone slab, positioned almost vertically and held in balance by a steel cable, so that the upper vertex inclines toward, but does not quite touch, a small rectangle of ultramarine blue painted on the wall.

The ultramarine of the title is the name of the tone of the color used in the pictorial intervention—a color whose name refers to the origins of the mineral, formerly imported into Europe from distant lands, from “beyond the sea,” and used to produce the pigment.

Habitat di Aachen by Luciano FabroCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Luciano Fabro united spatial and pictorial concepts by inserting his Leaf inside a reconstruction of his Aachen Habitat.

Olivestone by Joseph BeuysCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

Joseph Beuys’s installation Olivestone: five large tanks that contain oil and stone blocks that absorb it.

The artist showed the strength of the oil that envelops and enthrals matter.

Yurupari – Rheinsberg Room, as Lothar Baumgarten wrote, “was initially shown in Düsseldorf in 1969. The title refers to my birthplace, Rheinsberg, a city in the Brandenburg region of East Germany."

Reconfigured in relation to the new space, the work was presented in its current version for the second time in 1984, at the Castello di Rivoli.

It alludes to the phenomenon of ‘Time’ in two ways: to historical time, through the dialogue it establishes with the architectural context in which it is located, and to the transitory nature of time, through the choice of materials employed.

Unbound cobalt pigment, used to color the walls, gives expression to an intrinsic quality of the Tropics: their ephemeral transience.

Piemonte Stone Ring by Richard LongCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

With Ouverture, the Castello di Rivoli was able to explore its potential as an exhibition space for the very first time, like in this image with Richard Long's Piedmont Circle.

Pittore in Africa by Mario MerzCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea

The selection provided an international overview that anticipated the Castello di Rivoli subsequent exhibition program and established the core group of works that formed the basis for the Museum’s permanent collection.

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