Temporary exhibitions



From the early 1950s till 1987 Gabriella Crespi (1922-2017) designed over two thousand furnishing items characterized by art, high craftsmanship and contemporary style. She was the designer of the international jet-set, Roman and Milanese aristocrats, crowned heads, and stars. Her works – produced in limited series and unique pieces – were presented in the showrooms of Palazzo Cenci and via Montenapoleone, and displayed in the windows of Dior, Tiffany and Sacks, and have marked an era and do so even more today from a historical perspective. Her metamorphic tables, chairs, lamps, naturalistic and abstract decorative objects reach very high prices in auctions in Italy and even higher prices abroad still today. On the occasion of the centenary of Gabriella Crespi’s birth, Archivio Crespi has donated the National Automobile Museum of Turin the Ford station wagon that the designer used to drive in the 1970’s and 1980’s. She always loaded it with projects, mock-ups, samples and prototypes to be shown to her beloved craftsmen.  Hence the idea of setting up “LUXURY IN THE TRUNK”, an original installation in the Turin Museum, with the car occupying the central position and a selection of Crespi’s representative works.  A rich photo gallery contextualizes the story, presenting the character, her fascinating world and additional works.


From April the 8 to September the 25.

MOTUS: The Prehistory of the Automobile is an exhibition that gives the visitor the opportunity to take a true journey in space and time and discover the complex challenges that dotted the path to the invention of the automobile. The most significant moments of this story, which took place in Europe, Asia and America, underline the international profile of a series of events characterized by intuitions happened in different times and places. Presented at MAUTO for the first time, the exhibition features thirteen working models reconstructed on the basis of scientific research and multimedia installations showing their operation, which create a unique and engaging experience characterized by great scientific precision. 


From April the 14 to June the 19.

The exhibition The Car as a Work of Art: Restoration and Conservation Studies illustrates the most advanced trends in this sector, through the display of valuable specimens that were best enhanced by the MAUTO’s Restoration Center and far-sighted collectors, mixing the most advanced methodologies applied to the restoration of works of art and the traditional techniques in restoring vintage cars. In the past, sometimes very invasive restoration works were carried out on vintage cars, which often radically altered the original features of the vehicle with the purpose of pursuing merely aesthetic. In recent years, an increasing trend has developed to keep vehicles in their original conditions, limiting works to those aimed at re-establishing the suitable car conservation conditions, safeguarding its characteristics in order to maintain the authenticity of the vehicle and its historical value.

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