About Us

The Pirra Art Gallery was founded in Turin in 1969 and since then has hosted several exhibitions with internationally known artists, among the most significant: Pierre August Renoir, Moise Kisling, Kees Van Dongen, Amedeo Modigliani, Maurice Utrillo, Pietro Annigoni, Giacomo Grosso and Galileo Chini.
But the Pirra Art Gallery didn’t focus only on the renowned artists, it also helped the talented, but less known ones, by giving an impulse to the circulation of their work abroad and with the editing of catalogues and monographs. Among the Italians we mention Edgardo Corbelli, painter with a strong expressionist influence and certainly one of the most representative artists of the Gallery, Giulio Da Milano, very close to the artistic Turin ambience in the 30s and 40s and in particular to the Gruppo dei Sei, Enzo Faraoni, an author with a rare lyricism and a distinguished background, Fernando Farulli and Chiti Batelli.
Another area of interest is the French painting, represented in first place by Henry Maurice Cahours, the great poet of light, and by painters of the nineteenth century, including Edmond Petitjean, Hippolyte Delpy, Adolphe Appian, associated with the Barbizon school.
Since 1991 the Gallery has been carrying out a work of research and diffusion of important Russian painters of the postwar period, most of them coming from the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Schools: Aleksej and Sergej Tkacev, Boris Lavrenko, Dmitrij Kosmin, Georgij Moroz, Gleb Savinov, Olga Bogaevskaja, Maya Kopitzeva, Leonid Vaichlia, Nikolaj Latyshenko. These artists are representative of a figurative painting coming from a solid academic base, but developing into a language that could be easily defined as purely impressionistic and postimpressionistic. The works selected by the Pirra Art Galley, resulting from a path that runs parallel to the regime art, have nothing to do with the propaganda matters and prefer everyday life subjects, landscapes and still life with a strong emotional suggestion. Most recently acquired are the works of Igor Smekalov, whose references to Casorati and Morandi reveal the generational difference of this painter, in fact born in 1965, and consequently his different artistic training.
The recognition of the value of these authors from an ever-wider public finds continuous evidence also on the international market, as well as the increasingly numerous and prestigious publications dedicated to them.
All the Russian artists, as well as the Italian and French ones, can be permanently found at the Pirra Art Gallery and all their works are published in monographs edited by the Gallery.