, a major exhibition of over 400 works, opens today at both the Castello di Rivoli and GAM–Torino. Curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the exhibition explores the use of colour from 17th century to contemporary art with multiple readings relating to memory, politics, spirituality, storytelling, psychology and synesthesia.

“Over the past century, numerous exhibitions on color have been organized, starting from perception theories that became popular in the 1960s. This type of approach is derived from a universalistic notion of perception and its presumed objective value, quite distant from today’s awareness of the complexity of meanings inherent to color which is closer to Goethe than to Newton,” states Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.

Works by seminal artists including  Sonia Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky, John Baldessari, Sigmar Polke, Donald Judd, Olafur Eliasson and Ed Atkins, to name a few, cover themes of inventions and history. Through a multitude of accounts and presentations of important works of art, the use of colour from various points of view is analyzed, including philosophical, biological, anthropological and neuroscientific perspectives.