Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria, Marianna Vecellio and Fabio Cafagna with the curatorial coordination of Anna Musini

May 24 2022 – February 26 2023

With an excursus on the history of Street Art Wall Street by Gianluca Marziani

ESPRESSIONI is a multi-year program of exhibitions and research that began in 2020 and will continue until the beginning of 2023.

Julie Mehretu, Orient (after D. Cherry, post Irma and summer), 2017- 2020

Exhibition itinerary

Spazio A

Spazio B

Spazio C

Sala 1

Sala 2

Sala 5

Sala 6

Sala 7

Sala 8

Sala 9

Sala 13

Sala 14

Sala 12

Sala 15

Sala 16

Sala 18

Sala 10

Sala 11 | Sala dei Putti Dormienti

Sala 17

Manica Lunga (E)

Manica Lunga (F)

Manica Lunga (G)

Manica Lunga (H)

Casa del Conte Verde (I)

Casa del Conte Verde (I)

Casa del Conte Verde (J)

Casa del Conte Verde (K)

Casa del Conte Verde (L)


This exhibition brings together many contemporary visions of what it is to be human today in a posthuman world, what the human condition is now. For the first time, artists of the traditional art world and of the new digital NFT art world will be brought together through their works and in person in conversation – from from Beeple to Julie Mehretu to Richard Bell, and many more.”

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI opened on April 24, 2022. This exhibition marks a midway point in the overall ESPRESSIONI project, a multi-year exhibition and research programme that began in 2020 and will continue through 2023, which looks at human expressions in art from prehistory to today in societies across the world.

ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI is a major exhibition unfolding across the entire complex of Castello di Rivoli, a 17th-century baroque palace in the hills above Turin, from the historic galleries of the Castello, to the spaces of the Manica Lunga wing and gardens, to the Museum’s Theatre, the Cerruti Villa (a house museum that is part of Castello di Rivoli) and to the Casa del Conte Verde in the historic centre of the town.

ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI refers to the fractured aspect of contemporary life during which art is experienced against the backdrop of disruptive elements such as the digital revolution, pandemics and war. The exhibition investigates the multiple forms of expressiveness, expression, expressivity and expressionism that run through the histories of art and societies.

The idea for the ‘Espressioni’ programme originated as a response to pressing urgencies that define our world,” says Christov-Bakargiev, “with the suggestion of the obsolescence of the individual human subject due to, on the one hand, the need for a complex multispecies co-evolution to achieve climate and social justice, and, on the other hand,  the multiplication of ‘dividual’ selves and forms of mass vanity in our ‘selfie’ era of hyper-self-representation combined with the celebration of technology. The exhibition’s time span extends from the dawn of human civilizations, with early cave paintings, up to the present through a global perspective, which includes a study of Street art and forays into the online world.”

ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI  activates new dialogues, emphasising the multiple ways in which artists in different times and geographical areas express their emotional states and their bodily sensations. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, installation, collage, photography, video, sound art, performance and new forms of digital art.

ESPRESSIONI CON FRAZIONI  also includes numerous new artistic productions, performances and special solo ‘focus’ projects by artists such as: Ed Atkins (Oxford, UK, 1982); Kader Attia (Seine-Saint-Denis, France, 1970); Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1983), Vaiva Grainytė (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1984)and Lina Lapelytė (Kaunas, Lithuania, 1984); Richard Bell (Charleville, Australia, 1953); Beeple (Michael Winkelmann,Fond du Lac, USA, 1981); Anna Boghiguian (Cairo, Egypt, 1946); Silvia Calderoni (Lugo, Italy, 1981) and Ilenia Caleo (Livorno, Italy, 1974); Enrico David (Ancona, Italy, 1966); Irene Dionisio (Turin, Italy, 1986); Bracha L. Ettinger (Tel Aviv, Israel, 1948); Mariangela Gualtieri (Cesena, Italy, 1951); Grada Kilomba (Lisbon, Portugal, 1968); Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, Poland, 1978); Dana Schutz (Livonia, USA, 1976); Marianna Simnett (Kingstone-upon-Thames, UK, 1986); Uýra Sodoma (Emerson Pontes da Silva, Santarém, Brazil, 1991) and Jenna Sutela (Turku, Finland, 1983).

Transport Partner

Holders of a FrecciarossaFrecciargento or Frecciabianca ticket – with destination Turin on a travel date within three days before the entrance to the Castello di Rivoli – will receive a 50% discount on the entrance ticket to the Museum and 10% at the Bookshop of Castello di Rivoli. Tickets can be purchased at Castello di Rivoli ticket office or on the website. In both cases, to take advantage of the discount, it will be necessary to show your travel document at the Castello di Rivoli ticket office.

Conversation with the artists

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