On Tuesday 17 May 2022 at Turinetti Palace in Piazza San Carlo, Intesa Sanpaolo’s legal and historical headquarters in Torino, the Bank will inaugurate its fourth museum, ten thousand metres of exhibition space on five floors, three of which underground. The architectural project transforms the building’s spaces into a unique place where photography and video art document and preserve images, events, and reflections to promote the themes linked to the evolution of ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) sustainability.
The “Gallerie d’Italia-Torino” will be home to the Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive - some 7 million shots taken from the 1930s to the 1990s by one of Italia’s leading photojournalism agencies - and will display a selection of works from the Group’s collections, including the pictorial cycle of the ancient Oratory of the Compagnia di San Paolo owned by the Bank.
On the first underground floor, the project envisages the presence of classrooms with modular spaces characterised by a large window overlooking the historic “Hall of 300”: temporary exhibitions will be hosted here. The second underground floor is a communication and meeting place, a junction points of the museum from which the public can decide how to move through multiple paths. A “long sleeve” designed for classic photography leads to the third underground floor, which houses the Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive, visible through a large window, and a multimedia room that offers visitors the sensation of literally being immersed in images and videos.
Ascending to the ground floor, the public will find an open-air cloister where a bookshop, café and restaurant will open.
On the main floor, in the row of rooms overlooking Piazza San Carlo, around fifty works - paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furnishings - from the 14th to the 18th century are on display, set up in dialogue with the late Baroque decorative apparatus (panelling, boiseries, mirrors) of the Palace; the “Turinetti Hall” is instead intended for city events and initiatives.
Two inaugural exhibitions: “The fragile wonder. A journey through changing nature” by Paolo Pellegrin, an author’s photographic reportage dedicated to the theme of climate change, and “From war to the moon. 1945-1969”, a selection of historical images from the Intesa Sanpaolo Publifoto Archive documenting the economic miracle up to the greatest conquest of modern man, the moon landing.