Anna Boghiguian. The Artist’s Studio

From 09 May 2017 to 23 July 2017

curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marianna Vecellio

Monday, May 8, 2017, 6 p.m.

Castello di Rivoli, third floor – room 38


For the first time in the history of the Castello di Rivoli, an artist’s studio will be recreated in a room of the Savoy residence.

A room in the Museum will be inaugurated on Monday, May 8 that anticipates the world-premiere retrospective by the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origins, Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, 1946), winner of the Golden Lion for the best pavilion (Armenia) at the 56. Venice Biennale in 2015.

The project stems from the artist’s residence (for over one month) at the Museum, during which she moved her studio from Cairo to Rivoli and worked on a new series devoted to the time the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche spent in Turin between 1888 and 1889.

In addition to recreating Boghiguian’s atelier in Cairo—the interiors are overflowing with works and drawings, pigment bottles, rugs, Oriental objects, and a spacious terrace overlooking the Nile, with flocks of flying birds—the room also presents her early works that have never been shown to the public before.

The retrospective by the artist Anna Boghiguian, installed on the third floor of the Manica Lunga, will be inaugurated on September 18, 2017.While keeping her studio and home in Cairo, Boghiguian nomadically lives and works in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The daughter of an Armenian clockmaker, she studied political science and art at the American University in Cairo in the 1960s. She then moved to Canada in 1970 where she studied art and music at Concordia University in Montreal. With interests in literature, philosophy, and politics, Boghiguian is known for her expressionist drawings and paintings, often executed with hot wax and saturated colors in a spontaneous style. Her works combine figuration and written texts and derive from the observation of social conflicts in the contemporary world of globalization. Her painting is a veritable body, able to touch all the senses and favor an empathic dimension.

In addition to painting, the artist uses numerous expressive languages like sculpture, photography, writing, and sound. Her collages include objects and cut-outs of printed images. Her installations and site-specific works offer a unique interpretation of the experience of traveling and of human beings in today’s world, in transit between past and present, poetry and politics, a positive outlook on the world and critical observation.

Room 38 is open upon request.





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From 09 May 2017 to 23 July 2017
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Anna Boghiguian, the studio

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