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Villa Chiuminatto

Massimo Bartolini

Maurizio Cattelan

Carsten Höller

Bertrand Lavier

Elmgreen & Dragset

Piotr Uklański

Luigi Ontani

Urs Fischer

Steven Claydon

Rob Pruitt

Matthew Monahan

John Armleder

Richard Prince

Tony Lewis

Tomoo Gokita

03.11.2021 | 07.11.2021
Villa Chiuminatto, Torino

From 5 to 7 November the distinguished and elegant spaces of Villa Chiuminatto in Turin, headquarters of the energy company newcleo, will exceptionally host a collective exhibition curated by MASSIMODECARLO gallery.

Built in 1923 by the architect Gottardo Gussoni as a commission for Sir Giacomo Chiuminatto, Villa Chiuminatto, in its full eclectic style, stands in the heart of the Crocetta district of Turin, with its unique travertine stone silhouette. The Villa has been returned to its original splendor thanks to a careful conservative restoration by Studio Archi 2 initiated by the Buono Lopera family.

Villa Chiuminatto opens its historical spaces to the public with the energy of contemporary art. The bright exterior rigor of the building and its interior decorations are further enhanced thanks to a selection of artworks by international artists selected by MASSIMODECARLO. The exhibition project in the prestigious setting of Villa Chiuminatto activates the multiple languages ​​of contemporaneity in a mutual exchange of meanings and layers of thought and possibility, triggering a dialogue between artists whose research ranges from humankind to myth and nature.

The exhibition itinerary starts on the ground floor where the visitor is welcomed by a herd of coloured animals by Carsten Höller before encountering the graphic figurative portraits by Tomoo Gokita and the pre-Raphaelite suggestions of Piotr Uklanski. The visit continues with unexpected encounters including the sculptures of Urs Fischer, the masks and chairs of Rob Pruitt and the grotesque characters by Luigi Ontani. In one of the meeting rooms of Villa Chiuminatto, unexpected analogies appear such as the assonance between the work of Elmgreen & Dragset and that of John Armleder. The exhibition project also embraces the exterior in the garden surrounding the Villa, with the domestic singularity of Massimo Bartolini’s work, the pungent irony of Maurizio Cattelan and the formal magnetism of Matthew Monahan.


newcleo is the clean and safe nuclear technology company. Privately funded and headquartered in London, UK, newcleo was launched in 2021 to be a disruptor in the field of nuclear energy. Its mission is to generate safe, clean and inexhaustible energy for the world, through a radically innovative combination of existing, accessible technologies.

newcleo is building the next generation system with the goals to: (1) eliminate the need for geological repositories by using a fast neutron flux avoiding production of long life radioactive elements; (2) develop an Accelerator Driven System (ADS), based on the intrinsically safe coupling of a particle accelerator and a sub-critical reactor; (3) accelerate the development of new fuel cycles, including thorium, that provide economic, clean, safe and inexhaustible energy from nuclei and the opportunity to burn the long-lived nuclear waste produced by the old generation of nuclear reactors.

With visionary co-founders, newcleo brings together a team of engineers with deep knowledge of nuclear energy with younger recruits with a fresh mindset, working to design an innovative micro-Lead Fast Reactor with significant commercial applications, for example in shipping. newcleo wants to be the first step toward the evolution of its industry to become fully respectful of people and the environment. To develop a new, sustainable, and completely safe way of generating nuclear energy that will lead humanity to zero emissions, and to the mitigation of global warming.