The first Condominium-Museum.

An experiment of urban regeneration and collective transformation through the power of art and beauty.

viadellafucina16 is the world’s first experiment of a condominium-museum. At the heart of the project is an artist-in-residence programme inside the condominium of via La Salle 16 (formerly via della Fucina), in the Porta Palazzo district of Turin, home of the biggest open air market in Europe.

Through an international open call, artists have been invited to spend a residency period in the condominium and create their artwork and interventions in the common spaces. The aim is to activate a dialogue among the different communities of tenants and promote the regeneration of the 19th-century building, which today is in a state of decline and neglect.
The winning projects are selected by the inhabitants themselves (about 200 of various nationalities, living in 53 apartments) together with a committee of curators and insiders, on the basis of the artists’ ability to engage the community in the design and production of the artworks, to interpret the community’s desires and to activate new forms of sociality through a process of co-creation and collective care.
The condominium – a place where we experience the first form of democracy, and the intersection point between the public and the private domain – opens itself to the artistic practice as an element of aesthetic and social regeneration. It becomes a symbolic space where a community can represent itself, in the same way as, in the past, artwork inside palaces used to represent the prestige of noble families.
The ex-gatehouse, now re-opened, overseen by a team of young anthropologists from the University of Turin, has been transformed into an “art gatehouse” to welcome visitors, to collect the desires of the inhabitants and to monitor the entire process in order to make it replicable. 

The program has been enriched with exhibitions, events, and talks organized within the new Space Idiòt, along with the opening of the collective workshop Fucina16 inside the shared garden.
viadellafucina16 constructs an innovative juncture between the artistic practice and the living fabric of a defined community that, by experimenting within a small context, aspires to prove how art and culture can become effective tools to solve conflicts and lead to a collective transformation.

a project by Kaninchen-Haus
based on an idea by Brice Coniglio