When I was in Turin last month, I visited La Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino or shortened as GAM Torino. There was a special exhibition of Monet. All Claude Monet’s works from Musée d’Orsay, Paris were displayed there.
Preparing that visit I browsed the website before. Photography is forbidden there, that was why I didn’t bring along my SLR camera with me. But then, inside the gallery I became rebellious. I sneakily took some pics with my iPhone. I could not resist as I believe art is for everyone. The beauty of it should not reserved only to those who have the opportunity to see it in person. And furthermore, in this era of social network, capturing on camera on site and sharing it realtime is caring. It is a normal thing to do. Nevertheless I warn you, don’t do as I do. Don’t follow my example, alright?
First, this is the official picture from GAM itself.
And these are the illegally taken pics by moi. They are unedited, so pardon the bad quality. Sometimes I didn’t have enough time to focus properly because the museum staff came observing on the corner. I needed to take the snap very quickly otherwise I would have gotten caught. It was like playing hide and seek.
This is Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (luncheon on the grass). I saw this years ago in Musée d’Orsay, Paris. And now in Turin, I was palmed again by the masterly light and the brilliant yet casual composition of it. Oil on canvas, 1862 – 1863. Here you can guess how big the painting is.
The Rouen Cathedral series, painted in 1890es. The paintings in the series each capture the façade of the cathedral at different times of the day and year, and reflect changes in its appearance under different lighting conditions.
Not pictured but present there: La promenade (woman with a parasol), The Magpie (snowy landscape in Étretat), Argenteuil series, Holland series and Normandy series.
It felt special to see the painting in another place, with another background and light. GAM is definitely smaller than Musée d’Orsay.
Bon, as I stated earlier I could not resist to take pics with my smartphone although it was forbidden. However I was and am fully aware that people taking pics anywhere, not only in galleries and museums, can be annoying. The continuing flashing and the clicking might disturb other visitors who want to enjoy the artworks in peace. Not to mention the use of selfie stick.
Some museums like most major museums in Berlin, Louvre Paris and most museums in Amsterdam allow visitors to use SLR camera hence without flash (the flash intensity could bring damage to the paintings according to some researches). On the other hand Guggenheim Bilbao, Musée d’Orsay Paris and Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam strictly forbid photography. So prepare your visit by browsing the information on the website to prevent disappointment.
The next day I went to Museo Egizio (Egypt Museum, biggest Egyptian collection in the world) but I forgot to charge my camera battery. Perhaps this was the punishment for being disobedient the day before at GAM? I don’t know.
At the end of my visit, my husband took this picture of happy me in front of the banner at the entrance. The only spot where photography was allowed.