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“China Goes Urban” exhibition at Mao in Torino

October 15, 2020

CHINA GOES URBAN, The City to Come”, an exhibition, created by Prospekt and Politecnico di Torino, in collaboration with the Tsinghua University of Beijing, will open at the MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale in Turin on October 15, 2020 and will be on display till February May 5th 2021.

The objective of this multimedia exhibition, featuring the visual research of Samuele Pellecchia, is to make people understand the fast and disruptive process of Chinese urbanization, with particular attention to the phenomenon of the New Town. The photographs, videos and installations of the exhibition are the result of years of research conducted in collaboration with researchers from the Polytechnic of Turin. “China Goes Urban” proposes to change viewpoint, to look at reality rather than pigeonhole it in predefined categories and models. It is an invitation to explore the world by travelling through the city and architecture of today and tomorrow and circumnavigating the concept of city: although we all think we are familiar with and understand this seemingly simple concept, it shatters in the multiplicity of the contemporary urban.
This exhibition project is the first major temporary exhibition that opens in the circuit of the great Italian museums after the lockdown. The current health situation has also guided the design of the exhibition path leading to technological solutions that allow the use of the exhibition in safety, avoiding gatherings, and with ad hoc multimedia contents designed specifically to fill any waiting moments for the public.

A project by:
Politecnico di Torino
Prospekt Photographers

In partnership with:
Tsinghua University

Promoted by:
Fondazione Torino Musei
MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale di Torino

Main Partner:
Intesa Sanpaolo


Scientific curatorship:
Michele Bonino and Francesca Governa (Politecnico di Torino)
with the collaboration of Angelo Sampieri

Artistic curatorship:
Samuele Pellecchia (Prospekt)
with the collaboration of Francesco Merlini

Scientific coordination:
Francesco Carota (Politecnico di Torino)
with the collaboration of Maria Paola Repellino

Scientific Partners:
Liu Jian (Tsinghua University)
with the collaboration of Zhang Li, Fan Lu

Coordination and organization:
Angela Benotto
Delia Malfitano

Photos and videos:
Samuele Pellecchia (Prospekt)

Architectural models:
Stefano Orizio
Maria Paola Repellino

Federico Chiari

Exhibition design:
BTT studio


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