June 29, 2008 - Torino Triennale - 50 Moons of Saturn
June 29, 2008

50 Moons of Saturn

Matthew Brannon

50 Moons of Saturn
Second edition of the Torino Triennale

Curated by Daniel Birnbaum
6 November 2008 – 18 January 2009
Opening: 5 November 2008


I am the man of gloom-widowed-unconsoled
The prince of Aquitaine, his tower in riun:
My sole star is dead-and my constellation lute
Bears the black sun of melancholia.

Gérard de Nerval – “El Desdichado”

The second edition of the Torino Trienniale, T2, will run from 6 November 2008 to 18 January 2009 and is curated by Daniel Birnbaum. Art critic and independent curator, Birnbaum is currently Rector of the Städelschule Art Academy and Portikus Gallery in Frankfurt and Director of the 53rd Edition of the Venice Biennale.

T2 will be split into two parts:

The first part will feature two solo shows dedicated to mid-career, internationally acclaimed artists.

For this edition, the Danish artist Olafur Eliasson will be presented at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chinese-American artist Paul Chan at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo centre for contemporary art in Turin.

The second part will feature the work of fifty young artists from all over the world who will be showing new experimental works.

Of the first ten artists selected, seven are European (Italy, Germany, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Poland), two are from Asia (South Korea) and one from the United States.

The first ten artists that have been selected are: Ulla von Brandenburg, Matthew Brannon, Gerard Byrne, Simon Dybbroe Möller, Annika Von Hausswolff, Lara Favaretto, Haegue Yang, Koo Jeong-a, Wilhelm Sasnal, Donald Urquhart.

The Torino Trienniale is organised and promoted by Castello di Rivoli Museum of Conteporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and by Fondazione Torino Musei (the Turin Foundation of Museums). This second edition of “T” further strengthens the commitment of the organisers to work together for contemporary art.

“T” aims to create dialogue between young experimental art and that of mid career artists who are already internationally acclaimed for their work.

Entitled 50 moons of Saturn, the exhibition will take place in three venues: Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Promotrice delle Belle Arti. The choice to concentrate on three major spaces for the whole exhibition aims at making the exhibition concept clearer and more immediate for the public.

T2 curator Daniel Birnbaum, has been inspired by Saturn, the slow and melancholic planet, for this second edition, creating a new geography in the contemporary art world…a constellation of artists who work under the sign of ambivalence.

T2 Exhibition venues: Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli-Turin; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Palazzina della Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin

T2 Sponors: Città di Torino, Regione Piemonte, Compagnia di San Paolo, Fondazione CRT, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato e Agricoltura di Torino.

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