Contemporary artists, tattoo artists and the tattooed, works and characters from the past mix and talk to each other during a fascinating journey. A technique known since prehistoric times, in ancient times the tattoo was seen as the mark of the defeated or recalled the ferocity of the barbarians; this aura of disgust and fascination was evoked and expanded in the eighteenth century, when European navigators came into contact with the super-tattooed peoples of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The exhibition presents tools related to tattooing coming from Asia and Australia, historical photos taken in Japan in the 1800s and pictures of the Maori of New Zealand. The idea of the irreducible wild condition of tattooing was taken up by the famous scholar Cesare Lombroso, who linked the condition of the tattooed criminals of the Western world with that of the so-called cave-men: drawings and objects from the Museum of Criminal Anthropology and the Museum of Anatomy of Torino are an integral part of the exhibition. Among the contemporary tattoo artists, pictures of the works of great professionals have been chosen, known for their crucial role on the contemporary scene and their role in the spreading of the tattoo culture.
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Via San Domenico, 9-11 - Palazzo Mazzonis, 10122, Torino (TO)

45.0755396, 7.6761496

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  • € 8,00
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    Aged 18-25, Over 65, City Sightseeing ticket holders
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    carers of the disabled, the disabled, giornalisti con tesserino accreditati, Teachers with group, MIBAC, under 18 years, Abbonamento Musei holders, Torino+Piemonte Card owners, Second Tuesday of the month

From 09/11/2018 to 03/03/2019

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    10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
  • Thu
    10:00 - 18:00
  • Fri
    10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat
    11:00 - 19:00
  • Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
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