Xerjoff Magazine

Easy Rider: the Art of Speed


Motorcycles make us dream, they represent freedom, and they are a call for travelling and adventure. To this world, which in 150 years has proposed models of such beauty to become part of the collective imagination, Venaria Reale in Turin dedicates an exhibition entitled “Easy Rider. The myth of motorcycles as art”

After “Motocicletta – L’architettura della velocità” that we recently presented, another ongoing exhibition is dedicated to the motorcycle world: it’s “Easy Rider. The myth of the motorcycle as art” near the Citroniera of the Juvarriane Stables at Venaria Reale in Turin.
However, while the first exhibition focused on the design of this mean of transportation, this second exhibition at Venaria analyses the relationship that connects motorcycles with the world of art.
As a matter of fact, there are over 50 motorcycles that can be associated with contemporary art, with explicit references and indirect suggestions. Among the artists, Antonio Ligabue with l’ “Autoritratto con moto”, Mario Merz with “Accelerazione = sogno” (historical installation displayed in different museums from 1972), Pino Pascali with “9 mq di pozzanghere” made in 1967. And many more like: Alighiero Boetti with “Rosso Guzzi e Rosso Gilera” (1971), the big sculpture “Vejo” by Giuliano Vangi (2010), the last unpublished photos from “High Speed Memories” (1971- 1976) that proves this sidecar racing experience and the sculpture “Self Portrait Race” (1991 – 1993).
Another treat are Paul Simonon’s paintings, former Clash bass player, an enthusiastic motorcycle collector. Moreover, different models recall cult films, such as the “Easy Rider” Chopper, the Bonneville Triumph that Steve McQueen drove in “The Great Escape”. Or the Grand Prix racing bikes, the MV Agusta of Giacomo Agostini, the Yamaha of Valentino Rossi and the Ducati of Casey Stoner. Other vehicles have a straight link with travelling and adventure: the Vespa from Bettinelli that travelled 24.000 from Rome to Saigon, the specials that travelled the Paris-Dakar sand desert and lastly the enduro, trial and track racing.
Divided into 9 sections and curated by Luca Beatrice, Arnaldo Colasanti and Stefano Fassone, the exhibition is open until February 24, 2019.




Luigi Rocca, Travel, live in USA, 2017, acrilico su tela, collezione dell’artista © Luigi Rocca by SIAE 2018