The essential is Baroque: a journey through 17th and 18th-century Piedmont

The essential is Baroque

In addition to the major exhibition “Sfida al Barocco” (The Baroque Challenge) at the Palace of Venaria, more than 200 collateral events will be held throughout the region and in Turin.

In Piedmont, Baroque was interpreted in a very peculiar way compared to other national and European styles, enriching – between the 16th and 18th centuries – the entire area, leaving behind a vast heritage across the region.

In 2020, this heritage will be enhanced through major exhibitions, concerts, guided tours, extraordinary site openings, workshops and other cultural initiatives. This series of events will involve dozens of associations, cultural institutions, and public and private bodies spread across the area.

“L’essenziale è Barocco” is the title of the event to be held on 6 February at Palazzo Madama, which will involve the entire Piedmont region, starting from the circuit of the 22 Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the 7 Sacred Mountains, namely, the key chapters of Piedmont’s artistic and cultural history and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main event, around which all the other events are organised, is the exhibition “Sfida al Barocco - Roma Torino Parigi 1680 - 1750”, with more than 200 masterpieces from the world’s most prestigious museums and collections.

The exhibition, designed by the Fondazione 1563 per l’Arte e la Cultura, with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, is organised by the Consorzio delle Residenze Reali Sabaude, and is scheduled from 13 March to 14 June in the spaces of the Citroniera Juvarriana of the Palace of Venaria. The works on display illustrate the journey of experimentation from Rome to Paris, the two centres of attraction of modern Europe, with Turin as the focus of an intense exchange of ideas, works and artists, in a season of epochal renewal of the arts in an international scenario.

The project “L’essenziale è Barocco” of the Piedmont Regional Administration is implemented by VisitPiemonte – Regional Marketing & Promotion (the in-house company of the Region and Unioncamere Piemonte for enhancing the tourism and agri-food sector), with the contribution of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, in collaboration with the City of Turin, the Consorzio delle Residenze Reali Sabaude e the Palace of Venaria, with the support of FAI - Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta Delegation, the Torino Musei Foundation and the Abbonamento Musei association.

Alberto Anfossi, Secretary General of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, also attended the press conference.