In a fascinating space designed by the architect Renzo Piano inside the historic industrial complex of the Lingotto in Turin, the Pinacoteca Agnelli permanently houses 25 masterpieces from Giovanni and Marella Agnelli private collection.
Opened on September 20th, 2002, the gallery marks the final step in the twenty-year-long restructuring process of the whole Lingotto site. After this huge conversion process, the 90 years old building maintains the architectural power and freshness of the car factory designed by Giacomo Mattè Trucco, and wends its way effortlessly to the Lingotto designed by Renzo Piano.
The “Scrigno” (treasure chest) – as he calls Renzo Piano who designed it – welcomes 25 extraordinary masterpieces (twenty-three paintings and two sculptures) ranging from the Eighteenth century to the mid-Twentieth century.
Among the works on display you can see a unique collection in Italy of seven paintings by Matisse, a 1913 painting by Balla on car’s speed, and masterpieces by Severini, Modigliani and Tiepolo .
The collection also includes valuable evidence of Venetian art: six extraordinary views of Venice by Antonio Canal, known as Canaletto, and two views of Dresden by Bernardo Bellotto, of such precision that served as models for the reconstruction of the city after the Second War World. Do not miss the works of Picasso, one belonging to the blue period and the other of the Cubist period. There are as well impressionist paintings by Renoir and Manet. Finally, two plaster statues by Antonio Canova, Dancer with finger to chin and Dancer with hands on hips. [source]