The “Sandretto” reopens, a nice ending to a short sad story

Press office / Alberto Nidola

Space Oddity

Am I sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue
And there’s nothing I can do

(David Bowie, Space Oddity, 1969)

Sad short story. On 5 November 2020 there is the inauguration of a new exhibition but on 4 November 2020 a dpcm closes museums and exhibition spaces. End? No, because this is not just any story, this is a fairy tale and it is not even that sad.

And then … once upon a time there was a realm of contemporary art that was in Turin, called Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, but everyone called him, amicably, Sandretto.

At Sandretto art, contemporary art was exhibited. Now, if you show art but you don’t know how to show that you show it, nobody comes to see it, they show it.

But here in the realm of Sandretto, there was a brilliant elf called Silvio Salvo, a transversal and insatiable communicator, able to participate in the discussion on the key topics of every day but also to invent stories from nothing on social networks (a kind of second world but virtual).

But let’s not anticipate, let’s go back to that November 4, 2020: everything was set up, everything was ready, in short, the exhibition was there but it wasn’t there because there was the dpcm. Moreover, for weeks all over the realm there was already talk of this exhibition, curated by Irene Calderoli.

It was known that the title would be “Space Oddity“And that, through some works from the Sandretto collection, he would have invited to interpret spaces in a different way in the era of social distancing and to experiment with new movements through dance and choreography, thanks to the interventions of truly remarkable names such as Micol Assael, Angela Bullock, Mark Manders, Paul McCarthy, Charles Ray, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pae White, but just to name a few.

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Pae White

But now there was this big problem with the dpcm, the museum had to close the exhibition the day before opening it.

So here is where the communicator elf came into play: Sandretto decided to open the closed museum through “Inside Space Oddity”, a series of video appointments on social networks thanks to which it was possible to see what was being lost but not lost. entirely because there was someone inside to show the exhibition to those outside.

Well, good story, but the ending is a bit weak, because it’s not the ending.

Today, on February 24, 2021, Sandretto reopens and finally inside there will be “Space Oddity”, that is, the real show, just live.

Uff, what an effort. So, let’s recap: we have an exhibition closed before opening, which opened while it was closed thanks to a good elf and now finally really opens. And the dpcm? It’s a game that was invented but no one can play because it doesn’t exist.

Oh mom, this is another complicated tale.

So, in Rome there is another elf who is not a communicator but a photographer and his name is Fabrizio Iozzo, who invented a board game that is actually a board game that already existed and was called Monopoli but he has it modified and called it dpcm, with the boxes, the bonus cards, the amuchina, the self-certification, the vaccine, the unexpected, in short, everything you need.

Press office / Fabrizio Iozzo

DPCM – The Game

Now, through social media he has shared this idea of ​​his and everyone is crazy, everyone wants it, everyone is looking for it, everyone offers mind-boggling figures for it, but he, the elf Iozzo, does not give up for now, he says that the game is alone his and that is the beauty, everything must remain as it is, pure and unique.

Now, a game that cannot be played is not a game, of course … and then what is it If it is a unique piece … it will perhaps be … To posterity the arduous sentence.

PS Between exhibitions that could not be shown and games that cannot be played, between a top social media manager and a creative photographer, the really important fact is that Sandretto is seriously added to the list of museums that reopen … the exhibition (I saw it inside, that is, outside) really rocks.

The happy ending, in the end, is this.

Upcoming dpcm, which are not games, permitting.


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