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Giardini della Reggia di Venaria Reale

Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale (TO)

Extensive restoration of the Reggia di Venaria Reale was concluded in mid-2007, thus restoring to the public one of the world's most extraordinary examples of royal architecture. After it was decided that restoring the garden's original plan was impossible, Giuseppe Penone was asked to restore a portion of the immense gardens surrounding the royal palace. The fact that the choice fell to an internationally-famous contemporary artist is a further step in the valorisation of the Reggia. One of the characteristics of Penone's works is a fusion between art and nature which does not alter the aesthetic impact of the locations. His creations thus become "living art", a sustainable dialogue between ancient and modern that integrates architectonic artefacts with the surrounding nature.

Penone's project is unique in Europe: along a three hundred metre-long pathway, ten installations combine elements of nature (trees, tree trunks, hedges) with materials such as bronze, marble and wood - typical materials of Arte Povera, a famous artistic movement that was born in Turin and of which Penone is an exponent.

In 2005, the Compagnia di San Paolo allocated 1,500,000 Euros to design and set up the gardens. The project was carried out by the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Castle of Rivoli, which also installed the works by Giuseppe Penone. This project is part of the Agreement Protocol that was stipulated in 2004 between the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Piedmont Region and the Regional Head Offices for the Cultural and Landscape Heritage of Piedmont. A further 600,000 Euros were allocated in 2007 for this project.

Intervention Area: Ricerca e sanità


2.100.000 euro

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