This for­mer rail re­pair work­shop plays host to the most cre­ative and ex­per­i­men­tal ideas from Italy and the world’s mu­si­cal, artis­tic and cul­tural scene

Where Turin - - CONTENTS - By Elena Pev­er­ata

The new OGR plays host to the most cre­ative and ex­per­i­men­tal ideas from Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional show­biz and cul­tural scene

This is one of the land­mark spa­ces of the new spirit of Turin de­voted to con­tem­po­rary art. Spread over a sur­face area of 35,000 square me­ters, the OGR– Of­ficine Grandi Ri­parazioni is an im­pos­ing late 19th cen­tury in­dus­trial com­plex that was re­cently trans­formed into a multi-func­tional space ded­i­cated to cul­ture and cre­ativ­ity. Fol­low­ing a two- day cel­e­bra­tion at the end of Sep­tem­ber mark­ing its first an­niver­sary, the OGR has re­sumed its ac­tiv­i­ties with an ac­tion-packed events cal­en­dar. This month, on the oc­ca­sion of Ar­tis­sima, the city’s premiere con­tem­po­rary art fair (from 2- 4 Novem­ber), the Of­ficine Grandi Ri­parazioni will host the first ma­jor solo ex­hi­bi­tion by Bri­tish artist Mike Nel­son. Known for his at­mo­spheric, im­mer­sive work, Nel­son will trans­form Bi­nario 1 (Plat­form 1) with a ma­jes­tic, site-spe­cific in­stal­la­tion (un­til 3 Feb­ru­ary 2019). The hub’s con­cert pro­gram for Novem­ber in­cludes sounds from around the world, plus the best in jazz and elec­tronic ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. High­lights in­clude per­for­mances by Ja­son Mo­ran (Wednes­day 7 Novem­ber) and Chick Corea (Fri­day 9 Novem­ber). On 24 Novem­ber, the OGR SoundSys­tem will trans­form the stage of the Sala Fucine into a plat­form for au­dio­vi­sual ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, fea­tur­ing a ro­tat­ing line-up of per­form­ers, in­clud­ing pop artists, ex­per­i­men­tal mu­si­cians and DJs. In ad­di­tion to serv­ing as a hub for per­form­ing arts, vis­i­tors to OGR can ad­mire in­stal­la­tions by Wil­liam Ken­tridge (un­til 30 De­cem­ber 2019), lis­ten to a con­cert or pur­chase a book. It’s also where you can eat at any time of day or night, at the Sn­odo restau­rant. Lo­cated just four min­utes from the Porta Susa rail­way sta­tion, it’s def­i­nitely worth a visit!

>> OGR – Of­ficine Grandi Ri­parazioni Corso Castelfi­dardo, 22. www.ogr­torino.it

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