PIPER. Learning at the discotheque is the title of the programme of Artissima talks coordinated by “the classroom”, a centre of art and education directed by Paola Nicolin.
The content of the project develops from reflections on the Piper club in Torino, a discotheque designed by Pietro Derossi with Giorgio Ceretti and Riccardo Rosso, which became a popular venue from 1966 to 1969, welcoming eclectic and creative personalities like Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero Boetti, Piero Gilardi, Mario and Marisa Merz, Gianni Piacentino, Carlo Colnaghi, Carlo Quartucci, Patty Pravo, Living Theater, Carmelo Bene, Massimo Pellegrini, Pietro Gallina, just to name a few.
Transforming the provincial atmosphere of a “dance hall” into a self-managed cultural centre, the Piper set a precedent on an international level for non-institutional spaces focusing on contemporary art. Artissima offers an evocative reconstruction: a classroom-disco created in collaboration with the art groupSuperbudda, and with the contribution of Gufram, which due to its historic ties with Derossi, Ceretti, Rosso and its outstanding role in the 1960s and 1970s in Torino, has reproduced the chairs designed by Pietro Derossi for the Piper, based on the original drawings from 1966.
* With the support of Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
Partners: Gruppo Campari, F/ART, Gufram
Media partner: ZERO
Thanks to: Centro di Restauro e Conservazione “La Venaria Reale"
3-5 November 2017