Diary of an art historian

Gran Torino offers Van Dyck, hot chocolate and the ghost of Il Duce

Turin has all the grandeur of Paris, but none of the haughtiness


Artissima makes some noise with a new section for sound-based art

The Italian contemporary art fair is looking into cutting edge works this November

Conservation & Preservation

Turin’s Chapel of the Holy Shroud—almost entirely destroyed by fire—reopens after €30m restoration

State-of-the-art conservation project that took 21 years brings masterpiece of Baroque architecture back to its former glory

Art market

How two missing legs helped the restitution of an Italian secrétaire worth €2m

The Italian state has a permanent right to confiscate illegally exported work


Turin exhibition dwells on contemporary art's futile obsession with the new

OGR's first show remixes the city's collections from antiquity to present, reflecting on the over production of contemporary art and the fact nothing is new

Art market

Back to the future: Artissima to champion 80s art and new talent

New director Ilaria Bonacossa introduces a drawings section and plans to return Turin fair to its experimental roots