Not only a Visual and performing arts center, but also scientific, technological and industrial research center, without forgetting the importance of gastronomy. All of this will be part of the new life of Officine Grandi Riparazioni (OGR) in Turin, which will open on September, 30 2017 with a two-week event. Fondazione CRT invested €90 million to restore and bring to life the impressive masterpiece of industrial architecture preserved in the heart of Turin, a few meters from Porta Susa. OGR is an imposing H shaped building, 16 meters high and covering an area of about 20,000 square meters, for a total of about 35,000 square meters of floor area.
The opening scheduled for next September, the two-week long Big Bang event, – concerns the Manica nord (north sleeve) which will house the visual and performing arts center overseen by the young curator and art critic Nicola Ricciardi (class 1985) who took office in June 2016. Ricciardi will personally direct the visual arts part of the exhibition center, which will be heavily oriented toward contemporary art projects and the contamination between artistic disciplines; While Sergio Ricciardone, former Artistic Director of the Festival Club To Club, will be in charge of live performances.
The Manica sud (south sleeve) – the one dedicated to innovation – will be launched in 2018 and will host startups and innovative companies – from big data to gaming – with a strong international vocation. To further enrich the contemporary culture hub, there will be a large area – located in the transept of the OGR – dedicated to taste, with a strong link with the local food and wine sector, and designed to accompany visitors from breakfast until after dinner.
Ilona Catani Scarlett