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Berlin 1989

Thirty years from that November 9, 1989, the photographs of Mario Laporta and the moments enclosed in them enter into dialogue with the post-industrial and strongly characterized context of the Ex Fabbrica Bertoni of Saluzzo, on the occasion of Berlin, 1989.

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The instant story, an exhibition conceived and produced by the Garuzzo Institute for the Visual Arts, will be open until December 1, 2019. By presenting an original installation and plastic presence, the exhibition is marked by a large mural composed of 178 photographs, 12 images suspended and out of format and a projection, to go through the emotions and sensations experienced by the protagonists of a story that has become a heritage of collective memory.

In November 1989, Mario Laporta was in East Berlin, with a ticket to Leipzig never used again, to make a photojournalistic report on the protests of the unions. The attention of the media was focused on the narration of those events but when the Wall was torn down, it was immediately obvious to everyone that something difficult to say was happening. “Crazy”, was the exclamation that people exchanged, to try to give an adjective to what they saw happen before their eyes.

The chronicle, lived and crossed more or less consciously, becomes mythology to be handed down. Laporta enters and exits vortically from the scene, chooses to concentrate on the particular to then widen the point of view, intersecting micronarrations and densely symbolic perspectives. Going deeper, indeed, away from the magniloquence of historiography, what appears is a calembour of individuals elegantly set in a context, an anthology in which one can see thousands of personal, private, intimate stories, told not only by the cumbersome presence of various layers of cement more or less crumbled but also from the shape of the clothes and from the hairstyles, from a perfectly codified perceptive environment that, today, we recognize as unmistakable style.

And so, we see all the nuances of those moments, expressed by every single muscle and every fragment of fabric, as if the large body of those people, gathered in the fluid form of a tide poured near Checkpoint Charlie and the Bornholmer pass Strasse, were involved in a Hamlet scene, a great actor’s test.

The Garuzzo Institute for Visual Arts was born in Turin in 2005 with the commitment to contribute tangibly to cultural development on the “social” level through the knowledge and appreciation of Italian contemporary art. To this end it promotes national and international exhibitions, exchanges between different countries, residences, prizes and projects aimed at enhancing the expression of the visual arts especially of young emerging artists.

In 2009 the collaboration with the City of Saluzzo was born, which houses the Garuzzo Institute Collection within the museum complex of Castiglia di Saluzzo (CN). Since 2012 and? “Place of the contemporary”, the network of over 191 small and large national realities, expressions of the contemporary culture desired by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 10-13 | 14-18 from Monday to Friday by appointment for educational visits and groups.

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