China Goes Urban. La nuova epoca della città

MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale, Torino

Intesa Sanpaolo is taking part in the China Goes Urban. La nuova epoca della città exhibition showing at MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale, Turin from 16th October 2020 to 9th May 2021. The exhibition has been designed and created by Fondazione Torino Musei, and curated by Turin Polytechnic and Prospekt Photographers with scientific support from Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Following several years of research, China Goes Urban offers the public a sweeping new perspective tracing a continuous line between past, present and future, contrasting traditional Chinese culture with the incredible transformations underway in contemporary Chinese cities. It is a chance to reflect on the challenges thrown up by urban development, not only in China but all over the world. Beginning by exploring several of China’s new towns and the contradictions caused by the frenetic pace of urbanisation and expansion, the exhibition aims to stimulate a reflection on the cities of today and tomorrow.

The exhibition layout follows two logical sequences: the first starts with the rebuilding of an exhibition hall, an iconic place in China’s new towns, where public authorities and building companies highlight the city to promote its lifestyle and successes, and ends with global urbanisation.

Sequence two begins with empty, blank and neutral spaces and leads us to people and individuals photographed in their daily routines, or in portraits “located” inside the new cities.

The two sequences are constantly woven together, gradually dismantling the reassuring idea of China’s “exceptionalism”: what appears exotic and distant from a far-off, superficial viewpoint becomes much more familiar than we might think. China’s new urban developments no longer appear “apart from us”: in the contemporary Chinese new towns, daily life is made up of the same small gestures found at any other latitude, and the people who make them are no different from us in their behaviour, habits and desires.

from 28.04.2021 to 13.06.2021

Ticket office always closes an hour before closing time.

Visitors must leave the museum 10 minutes before closing time.

Booking recommended.


Tickets for China Goes Urban.

  • Full-price: €10.00
  • Reduced: €8.00

Tickets for China Goes Urban + permanent collection

  • Full-price: €14.00
  • Reduced: €12.00

​Reduced: 6 to 17 year-olds, students aged 19 to 25, the disabled, groups, pass holders

Free: children aged under 18, the disabled + 1 accompanying person, holders of Museum pass, Torino + Piemonte Card