Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Turin and our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and we are also including a Turin art map with all of the various places we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
We have written other posts on art in Italy that you can check out if interested.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Turin
When you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Turin head to:
- Palazzo Madama at Piazza Castello
- Castello Di Rivoli at Piazza Mafalda di Savoia
- Pinacoteca Agnelli at Via Nizza 230/103
- Fondazione Merz at Via Limone 24
- Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea at Via Magenta 31
- Ometto Museo Di Arti Decorative at Via Po 55
- Museo Nazionale Del Risorgimento Italiano at Via Accademia delle Scienze 5
- Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea at Via Della Rocca 29
- Galo Art Gallery at Via Saluzzo 11/G
- Febo E Dafne at Via Della Rocca 17
- Gagliardi E Domke at Via Cervino 16
- Galleria Franco Noero at Via Mottalciata 10/B
- Giorgio Persano at Via Stampatori 4
- Galleria In Arco at Piazza Vittorio Veneto 3
Palazzo Madama is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Tuesday in a large historic building that houses the collections of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art which was created in 1861 by the city. Since 1934 the Palazzo has housed the collections of ancient art of the Civic Museum with over 70,000 works including paintings, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts, majolica and porcelain, gold and silver, furnishings and fabrics that illustrate European art from the early Middle Ages to the Baroque.
The Castle of Rivoli is a former Residence of the Royal House of Savoy that is currently home to the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea which is the museum of contemporary art of Turin that is open from 11am to 7pm Thursday through Sunday. The permanent collection documents crucial moments in the development of contemporary art in Italy and abroad from the mid-1960s to the latest currents and it sits at the heart of the museum activities which includes large permanent installations produced specially for the rooms of the historic Royal Residence.
The final moment of the more than twenty-year process of transformation of the Lingotto is represented by Pinacoteca Agnelli which houses 25 extraordinary masterpieces, twenty-three paintings and two sculptures, ranging from the eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Among the works on display from 11am to 8pm every day but Monday are a unique collection of seven canvases by Matisse, a 1913 painting by Balla on the theme of the speed of the automobile, masterpieces by Severini, Modigliani, and Tiepolo.
Named after Mario Merz the Fondazione is open from 11am to 7pm every day but Monday and was established in 2005 as a center for contemporary art with the intent to host exhibitions, events, education-related activities, and to further research and explore art.
Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna E Contemporanea is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday and has a collection of 45,000 works spanning a period from the nineteenth century to the present day. With its paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, videos and photographs the GAM offers its audience a wealth of events ranging from major exhibitions of Italian and international artists to highly contemporary research dedicated to a young audience.
Ometto Museo Di Arti Decorative was opened in 1999 by Giulio Ometto and has given life to the great dream of Pietro Accorsi with an installation that presents 27 rooms and over three thousand works including paintings, ceramics, furniture, furnishings, crystals, and tapestries that you can check out from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Friday and until 7pm on weekends.
After a major renovation Museo Nazionale Del Risorgimento Italiano presents itself to visitors with avant-garde fittings and services from Palazzo Carignano that houses it to the rooms that house the collections. The lighting, the colors of the rooms, the choice of which was made on the basis of chromatic codes that can always be traced back to the topics covered, and the use of multimedia contributions ensure the visitor a unique experience of its kind and you can see what they have to offer from 10am to 6pm every day but Monday.
Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea is open from 3pm to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday after beginning in 1989 and shows works by contemporary emerging and established artists from Italy and abroad.
For a unique exhibition space focusing on contemporary art from post graffiti to pop art encompassing a wide range of visual media visit The Galo Art Gallery. Since opening the doors back in 2010 the gallery celebrates established artists and promotes up and coming talent primarily in the field of street art.
The Febo e Dafne Gallery is open from 3pm to 7pm Tuesday through Friday and 11:30am to 7:30pm on Saturday and offers various services for artists in your area like assistance for the creation of portfolios, presentations to compete for residencies, awards, funded projects, scholarships and institutional acquisitions.
Gagliardi e Domke is a contemporary art gallery that is open from 3:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesday through Friday developing and implementing artistic projects and exhibitions, cooperations between other galleries, artists, institutions and collectors while also participating in national and international fairs.
Founded in 1999 Galleria Franco Noero has distinguished itself for the courageous and significant exhibition projects produced with its artists, crossing all artistic languages with a particular attention devoted to conceptual practices and the radical nature of research. Head over from 10am to 1pm or 3:30pm to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday to check it all out.
Giorgio Persano opened his first gallery Multipli in 1970 and he began to produce multiplied works by Italian artists like Pistoletto, Zorio, Boetti, Calzolari, Anselmo, Salvo, Penone and Paolini. Since 1975 some have begun to use the gallery space as a workshop creating installations and experimenting with new creative processes.
The Galleria In Arco was born in 1987 in a mostly underground space that was already an ancient Roman walkway. In the last decade the gallery which is open from 10:30am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm Tuesday through Saturday has concentrated its activity focusing on the recent work of some protagonists of the New York art scene like David Salle, Tony Oursler, Ross Bleckner, Peter Halley, Alex Katz and Donald Baechler and at the same time also supporting local Italian artists like Daniele Galliano, Stefano Arienti and Manuele Cerutti.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you need some new materials or supplies go to art stores in your area like:
- Camas Color Di Fogliato Barbara at Corso Orbassano 236
- Belle Arti Ferrua at Via XX Settembre 18
- Spot Graffiti Shop at Via dei Quartieri 11-9
- Rima Belle Arti at Corso Regina Margherita 67/B
- Garignani Belle Arti at Via Vanchiglia 16/D
- Belle Arti Raffaello at Via Castelgomberto 21
- Belle Arti Rim at Corso Regina Margherita 94
- Sinopia at Via Poliziano 56/a
For over 30 years Camas Color has specialized in the sale of products for fine arts including oil colors, acrylics, watercolors, tempera, pastels, and more. There is also a strong hobbies and crafts department and they have courses in painting, ceramics, and creative art.
At Belle Arti Ferrua you will find all the accessories for painting including paints and canvases for painters, watercolors, oil paints, acrylic paints, gouache paints, brushes, easels, spatulas, solvents, and palettes along with articles for drawing like papers, pencils, and charcoals.
Since 2013 Spot Graffiti Shop has sold a wide selection of artistic materials for graffiti including spray paints of the best brands, caps, markers and everything else you can use to give vent to your creativity. They also carry out a paint factory service for quartz paints, washable, transpiring, rollers, and brushes.
Papers, cartons, graph paper, special films for lasers, airbrushes in 50 different models, and relative spare parts can all be found at Rima Belle Arti . Silent compressors, special colors for airbrushing, and fine art items like easels, canvases, brushes, pencils, and erasers are also available.
Garignani Belle Arti is an open space inside a Fine Arts club for ordinary people, art friends, teachers, students, and parents that is dedicated to those who draw, paint, photograph, carve, sculpt, restore, create works with paper, clay, wood, and ceramics.
Belle Arti Raffaello is a good place to buy a wide range of fine art materials for painting, sculpture and drawing.
You can not only find canvases, brushes, and gouache at Belle Arti Rim but also advice.
Sinopia was founded in 1993 specializing in products for the restoration of furniture, frescoes, paintings, works of art, decoration, and renovation.
Shows & Events
The best art shows, festivals, and events near you would be:
The Luci d’Artista show takes place in both Turin and Salerno and has become a highly regarded contemporary art exhibition both nationally and internationally where the city is transformed into an open-air art exhibition that has gone on since 1998 when 14 artists were commissioned to create Christmas illuminations. The decorations are on display from October to February and are more than just Christmas lights as they are outdoor pieces of art.
The most major contemporary art fair in Italy is Artissima which has blended the presence of an international market with an emphasis on experimentation and research since its inception in 1994. Every year galleries from all around the world participate.
The Torino Film Festival (TFF) takes place in November and is Italy’s second largest film festival after Venice becoming increasingly well-known bringing in some of the industry’s biggest stars.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
You can buy something new or learn the real value of something in your collection by visiting local art dealers and appraisers like:
- Caracol Art Shop Gallery at Via Porta Palatina 9
- The Estampe Art Gallery at Via Mercanti 3G
- Chiono Reisova Art Gallery at Via Giolitti 51
- Galleria Roccatre at Via della Rocca 3/b
Caracol Art Gallery brings art and illustration together and they know that the Giclée print is a favorite of artists and collectors for its brilliant colors, maximum persistence, and exceptional realism.
The Estampe Gallery was founded in 1994 and specializes in the purchase, sale, appraisal, and restoration of prints, drawings, and watercolors as well as antique and contemporary paintings and posters.
Representing emerging artists particularly painters and sculptors both Italian and foreigners The Chiono Reisova Art Gallery has a focus on figurative subjects.
Galleria Roccatre is a must-see for modern and contemporary art as Marco Gastini, Fausto Melotti, Pinot Gallizio, Enrico Paulucci, and others are represented there.
Those who are reading this on a sunny day may want to go on an art walking tour:
- Free Walking Tour Turin at Piazza Carlo Felice
- Turin Street Art Walking Tour at Piazza Madama 1
- Museum of Urban Art at Via Rocciamelone 7
The Free Walking Tour Turin is a social enterprise meaning that they do it because they are passionate about exhibiting guests the fascinating and wonderful city.
Making it easier for travelers to get the information they need Turin Street Art Walking Tour takes into account their personal interests, limits, and expectations with the goal of simplifying their journey.
The Museum of Urban Art (MAU) is the first project in the phase of concrete realization in Italy with the goal of building a permanent outdoor artistic settlement located within a significant metropolitan center with the added value of being an initiative.
Sculptures & Statues
Another good way to enjoy nice weather would be to check out some of these statues and sculptures in your area:
- Monument to Vincenzo Gioberti at Piazza Carignano 4
- Monumento a Giuseppe Garibaldi at Corso Cairoli
- Monumento a Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia at Piazza S Carlo
- Monumento al Carabiniere at Viale dei Partigiani
- Monumento all’Alfiere dell’Esercito Sardo at Piazza Castello
- Monumento al Conte Verde at Piazza Palazzo di Città 7E
Giovanni Albertoni created the local sculpture honoring statesman and philosopher Vincenzo Gioberti between 1857 and 1859. The piece was installed in Piazza Carignano in 1859 in the namesake castle of the Kingdom of Italy’s first parliament.
Odoardo Tabacchi erected a monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi in Corso Cairoli on the axis of via dei Mille in 1887. On the base there is a lion which is a symbol of the people’s might and a female figure as an allegory of Italy.
The famous Monumento a Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia is for the Savoy prince who moved the duchy’s capital from Chambéry to Turin in 1563. Known as the caval ‘d brôns by the Turinese it is located in the center of Piazza San Carlo and is considered the masterpiece of the sculptor Carlo Marochetti who raised it in 1838.
Pelagio Palagi created the Conte Verde statue of Amedeo VI of Savoy in 1847 which represents the count during the triumphant battle against the Turks and it was dedicated at Piazza Palazzo di Città in 1853.
Turin Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find lessons for kids or adults some of the best Turin art schools and classes can be found at:
- Scuola Internazionale di Comics at Via Borgone 48 bis/B
- Accademia Pictor at Via dell’Arsenale 27
- Novel Academy at Via Cesare Lombroso 16
- Martinarte at Corso Siracusa 24A
- Studio Arte e Pittura at Corso Re Umberto 17
Scuola Internazionale di Comics offers courses in figurative, graphic, digital, and literary arts that span 360 degrees.
Along with a yearly calendar of courses, exhibition projects, exhibitions, meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops Accademia Pictor provides professional pathways committed to updating and exploring new tools available to artists in today’s changing environment.
Novel Academy will help you grow your talent or hone your current skills by offering classes in everything from classical to digital art which include drawing, calligraphy, watercolor, and painting.
Martinarte is a local painting and drawing school that strives to be a genuine crossroads in the lives of artists, professors, and students providing a safe environment in which to share experiences and information while also putting one’s desire to learn to the test.
As a place where people of all ages can learn to draw, paint, and congregate to debate ideas and viewpoints on creativity Studio Arte e Pittura offers group visits to exhibitions, art cities, and ancient villages as well as plein air sketching and painting days. They also sell hand-painted sculptures, paintings, portraits, wall decorations, restorations, and much more.
Studios For Rent Near You
There might be open studio space to rent at:
Arancia Studio was founded in 2010 and is a media firm and creative studio specializing in visual communication, intellectual property development, and content creation for publishing, advertising, and media while the company’s main source of revenue is comic books.
The Galo Art Gallery is a one-of-a-kind exhibition facility that focuses on contemporary art ranging from post-graffiti to pop art and includes a diverse spectrum of visual media. Since its inception in 2010 the gallery has celebrated established artists while also promoting new talent mainly in the field of street art.
Some of the most highly recommended places to go for art framing in Turin are:
- Zamorani Silvio at Corso San Maurizio 25
- Cornici Villa Torino at Via S. Secondo 13 h
- Artheos Cornici Torino at Corso Peschiera 316
- Bottega Della Cornice at Via Alfonso Bonafous 8
- Bottega Darte Di Prette Fulvio at Via Vittorio Andreis 11
Zamorani Silvio works with galleries and museums all around the world as well as the most beautiful frame shops, large and small clients, and those who simply want to beautify a wall at home.
Cornici Villa Torino provides the best author graphics to decorate your home or business along with gorgeous frames to suit your needs. They believe that designer graphics that are hand-framed by artisans are a thoughtful and unique present option for every holiday or anniversary.
There are currently tens of thousands of frames for paintings, prints, photo frames, mirror frames, modern frames, classic frames, and traditional frames in your area at Cornici Artheos Torino that are manufactured for the appreciated and diversified clientele after 30 years.
Bottega Darte Di Prette Fulvio can help with the sale and installation of all types of glass and mirrors, machining, grinding, and drilling holes in glass and mirrors, creation of notice boards, display cabinets, customized shelves, sale of mirrors, frames, fans, photo frames, prints, paintings, and production of custom-made frames.
La Bottega della Cornice offers a huge selection of custom-made frames in classic and modern styles as well as a significant sample on display.
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Have Fun Enjoying The Turin Art Scene
You just learned about the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area. Your knowledge of the art scene near you should definitely be higher now than it has ever been.
If you made it all the way to the end then you probably love the local art as much as we do. You can let us know about any of your own tips and tricks in the comments at the end of the post, or please also let us know if we got anything wrong or if anything we posted has become dated.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Turin!