An eclectic art tour in Italy: love, mummies, and cinema

Venue: Museo della Permanente (Milano), Museo Egizio and Museo del Cinema (Torino)

Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4

Music: Domenico Modugno – Nel blu dipinto di blu (

As mentioned in my previous post (, the main reason to visit Milano this spring was a contemporary art exhibition curated with the main theme “Love”. In addition to that we also visited Torino for a day and saw the museum for ancient Egyptian art and the Cinema museum there. The combination of these three subjects seems almost impossible, and yet I decided to show you some photos with the art pieces put together from all the three museums (and even some extra bits). Hope you still enjoy them, and please let me know if you figure out the (possibly nonexistent) connection  between the various art forms.


To add to the confusing collection, we start with this solo piece of modern art in “Corso Como 10”, a small free art gallery and shop in the centre of Milano. Adding to the creepy look of the seemingly shattered glass in the middle you can see my shadow on the wall on the right. 
Already at the main art event, the “Love” exhibition in Museo della Permanente. 
An interesting combination of two old Roman statues that were originally unrelated. They were placed by the artist in contemporary times in a suggestive way. He also put a subtle layer of lipstick on the lips of the woman. Unlike this example, the statue of the kissing people on top of this post was truly originally made to show a kiss.
Fitting to the love theme, this installation with mirrors had an infinity of hearts being reflected endlessly
More heart shapes, and more messages of love left by the visitors.
One of the most famous contemporary artists, the Japanese Yayoi Kusama, and her signature style of creating art using dots.
Another famous piece of art fittingly placed at the entrance and the exit of the exhibition.
A brutal transition between love and death – an old Egyptian mummy from the very beginning of the funeral art in ancient Egypt.
A more refined version of an ancient Egyptian coffin that was made thousands of years after the mummy on the previous picture. 
And some more burial art from Egypt of ever increasing sophistication.
A copy of the sphinx, doubled by its own reflection, to show us that Egyptian art went much further than the graveyard.
Another “smooth” transition and we find ourselves in the Cinema museum! The exhibition there starts with various examples of the era preceding the cinema where people came up with many ingenious ways of creating moving pictures by strange optical illusions.
The museum is situated in the most iconic building in Torino – the “Mole Anotonelliana” (the tower of Antonelli) which was originally constructed as a synagogue but was eventually never used on purpose. It has a large dome and a tower on top, which one can nowadays reach by a lift that is suspended on the hanging wires that you see.
The main part of the museum exhibition has a large amount of photos, props, posters, and sections of movie theaters with live picture and sound from various iconic movies.
Another photo showing various bits of the exhibition, all situated in the large hall under the dome of the tower of Antonelli.
An original costume of the Alien movies as most people would immediately recognize. 
Close to the exit from the Cinema museum, on a side street in Torino, one finds yet another modern art piece reminding me of the screaming man of Edvard Munch. If by now you’re also screaming from the eclectic nature of this post, you can relax as it’s over.


19 thoughts on “An eclectic art tour in Italy: love, mummies, and cinema

  1. All of these museums seem worth a visit but for me, the cinema museum would be a must! I am a life long movie enthusiast and an ex film editor!

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  2. Eclectic is the perfect word to describe your collection of images — just as wonderful is the word that comes to mind for your photos. Great post!

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  3. Hello. Thank you for enjoying my blog. I noticed that you sure have some beautiful photography except for the mummy. What is called Egyptian art sometimes is really faked and that’s what the mummy looks like. But you have other wonders included. Please come back to my blog more often. Take care.

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