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MUSEUMS IN TURIN

Cappella della Sacra Sindone (Chapel of the Holy Shroud):
is not a true and proper museum, but a place of religious pilgrimage and meditation. It can be found next to the apse of the Cathedral in Piazza San Giovanni. It was projected by Guarino Guarini beginning work in 1668 to house that which is probably the most important relic in the Christian world, and also one of the masterpieces of the Italian Baroque period. A terrible fire, though, destroyed the chapel in April 1997, astonishingly deforming the marble of the casket which conserved the Shroud, with the force of its heat. The relic was however saved by intervention of the firemen and now is conserved by the main altar of the Cathedral. Meanwhile, delicate works of true and proper architectural reconstruction are being carried out.


Museo dell’Antichità (Antiquity Mueum):
is situated in Corso Regina Margherita, but the actual entrance opens up in Via XX Settembre. There are archaeological finds preserved from the Piemonte area in the ex greenhouses of the Royal Palace or the, Manica Nuova (New Wing) as it has been nicknamed. The layout follows the restoration of 1998; the third enlargement of a partially underground area will also include the archaeological digs of the Roman Theatre. The evidence preserved in the collection include objects from public and private life during the Roman era, epigraphs from the 2nd Century, where the City’s name appeared for the first time and decorative ornaments. The chronological exhibition will take visitors through to the medieval era.


Palazzo Madama:
can be located in the centre of Piazza Castello and its name comes from the fact that it was once the residence of the regent to the throne (royal ladies). The architectonic aspect is more heterogeneous, but the most important change is that of the façade by Juvarra in 1718. It’s in course of restoration works and the re-opening was envisaged during 2005: in this way, the Baroque rooms can also be visited as well as the small Chinese room, the ballroom and the Savoia tower.


Museo Civico d’Arte Antica (Civic Museum of Ancient Art):
is housed in the refined ambience of Palazzo Madama and also in this case, the re-opening was envisaged for 2005. It hosts important paintings covering an artistic course starting in the 1400’s and ending in the 1700’s. There are also examples in the collections of sculptures, ceramics, enamels, ivory and other examples of applied art.


Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum):
is probably the must famous in Turin and one of the most important archaeological museums in Italy. It’s housed in the Academy of Sciences building in Piazza Carignano. The origins of this collection dates back to 1760 and from that time it’s been a continuous succession of new acquisitions or donations. The collection is the third most important in the world for quantity and quality of pieces (after the Museum of Cairo and the British Museum in London), and still today, is further enriched with remarkable pieces like the “Papyrus of Artemidoro,” 250cm’s in length and dating back to the 1st Century BC – displaying a magnificent geographical map. The museum also preserves sacred sepulchres, funerary equipment, papyruses, statues and reconstructions of entire tombs.


Galleria Sabauda (Sabauda Gallery):
the other side of the Academy of Sciences building is occupied by an exhibition of a collection of paintings that was initiated by the Savoia Family approximately half way through the 16th Century and to which was added works from the collection of the financier from Turin, Gualino; previously dispersed in various embassies in Italy and abroad. The two collections include works from all the main names in the history of painting, not only Italian but also Flemish and Dutch.


Museo Nazionale del Cinema – Mole Antonelliana (National Cinema Museum):
can be located in Via Montebello and is undoubtedly one of the symbols of the City. It was initiated in 1862 based on a project by Alessandro Antonelli, who projected it as a temple and central Israelite seat. It was finally concluded, not without diverse interruptions and problems of state, in 1889 (the same year of the Eiffel Tower in Paris), reaching a height of 167.5 metres. An internal lift takes visitors to the small temple on its summit, from which there’s an excellent and enjoyable panoramic view of the entire City and its territory. It’s been the seat of the Museum of the Cinema since 2000. The layout of the museum is on five floors and covers a surface area of 3,200 square metres. Other than objects, costumes, posters and set reconstructions, the museum guarantees one of the most advanced interactive and multimedia installations ever.


Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli (Art Gallery):
can be located at the summit of the Lingotto establishment (along Corso Giambone) and its entire reconstruction, which already gave it precious architectonic elements like the auditorium by Renzo Piano in 1884 or the “Bolla” that is the futuristic congress hall at 40 metres from ground level, is contained in a semi circle structure made of crystal, sustained by two gigantic steel girders connected to a heliport. The structure of the Art Gallery, also be Renzo Piano, is nicknamed “the Scrigno” (writing desk). Desired strongly by Giovanni Agnelli, it hosts 25 collection masterpieces from the family. The works begin in the Venetian 18th Century (Canaletto, Bellotto, Tiepolo) and then move on to impressionism (Manet and Renoir) and arrive at the avant-garde (Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani). One curiosity is that visitors can arrive at the collection by taxi by following both the old helicopter ramps of the factory as well as the test flight areas on the summit of the roof.

 

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