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,
Italy, 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 had
been is in a state of decline and negligence for the last thirty years.
The winning projects are selected by the condominium’s inhabitants themselves
(about 200 people from any nationality, living in 53 apartments). These are based
on the artists’ ability to engage with the community in designing and producing the
artwork, 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 of democracy as well as of conflict, an intersection
point between the public and the private domain – opens itself to the artistic
practice as an element of aesthetic, social and cultural regeneration. It becomes a
symbolic space where community can represent itself, as ancient buildings used to
represent the prestige of noble families through the works of artists.
The ex-gatehouse, re-opened and chaired by a team of young sociologists and
anthropologists of the University of Turin, is transformed into an “art gatehouse”
where visitors are received, the desires of the inhabitants are collected and the entire
process is monitored in order to make it a replicable case-study.
The program is enriched by exhibitions, events, and talks organized within the
new independent Space Idiòt, along with the opening of the collective workshop
viadellafucina16 represents 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