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At the edge of Torino, in the Lingotto quartiere is the historic FIAT Fact. Built in the early 1920s, the Lingotto factory is one of the coolest buildings in the world – five floors high with two twisted internal ramps and a 1km long rooftop test track. This is where FIATs were made until the 1960s, and it’s on the test track where Torino’s coolest art gallery, Pinoteca Agnelli, resides.
The Agnelli Collection may have started out as 25 Baroque-to-modern masterpieces collected by tycoons Giovanni and Marella Agnelli, but two decades after its opening, Pinacoteca Agnelli has a new programmatic vision that elevates women in art and maximizes the potential of its space. Director Sarah Cosulich joins Erica to talk about art in Torino.
Pinacoteca Agnelli is one of the coolest art galleries in the world, and that’s thanks to its incredible position atop the original FIAT factory. Giovanni Agnell built and tested for more than 40 years, so it makes sense that Agnelli would put his gallery atop, but now what is amazing is that Pinacoteca Agnelli is taking contemporary art in a whole new direction, with site specific installations on the rooftop test track and in internal driving ramp.
Torino, with its historic cafes and architectural marvels like the Mole Antonelliana, consistently exceeds expectations in its under-the-radar style. The city’s profound connection with contemporary art, notably the avant-garde arte povera (“poor art”) movement since the 1960s, unfolds a narrative rich in artistic legacy and great galleries, museums and foundations.