26 January – 5 May 2024

Empire Red


Red Fashion

The color red as the underlying theme of the temporary exhibitions Red Empire and Fashion Red that will color the House Museum until May 2024.

“Red Empire . Egyptian porphyry and beyond from ancient to baroque”: egyptian porphyry as the sole protagonist of the temporary exhibition with sculptures and applied art objects that constitute the heart of an exhibition itinerary that enhances the encounter between over 30 works in porphyry, marble and sculpted stones from the permanent collection of the Zani House Museum and the extraordinary Egyptian porphyries, dating back to the 3rd century AD. at the end of the 18th century, coming from the Dino and Ernesta Santarelli Foundation in Rome.

“Red Fashion. Roberto Capucci between fire and cinnabar”: the exhibition, set up in the baroque rooms of the Zani House Museum, was born as an idea of ​​comparison between sculptures and applied art objects in Egyptian red porphyry and nine extraordinary sculpture dresses made between the 1950s and 2024 by the master of fashion Roberto Capucci. Alongside a rich kaleidoscope of colours, Capucci has in fact repeatedly used the color red in his high fashion creations using bright fabrics such as taffetas and the pleating technique, thus obtaining an ever-changing red, an ideal combination with the shapes and surfaces shiny porphyry.

Immerse yourself in an unprecedented and fascinating thematic journey dedicated to the most celebratory color of imperial greatness with the third stage of the Red Trilogy!


On the occasion of the temporary exhibitions Empire Red and Red Fashion, the House Museum of the Paolo and Carolina Zani Foundation is enriched with a rich calendar of collateral events. Extraordinary openings, conferences and a concert with the queen voice of baroque music, that of the contralto Sara Mingardo, for a program entirely dedicated to the Red Trilogy.

Events scheduled until May 4, 2024:

March 23rd at 5pm: Rosso Impero. Egyptian porphyry and beyond from ancient to Baroque

Conference by Cristina Maritano (Conservator of Palazzo Madama for the medieval lapidary and decorative arts)

6 April 5pm: Red Coral. The nativity scene and the coral collection of Casa Museo Zani

Conference by Clelia Arnaldi di Balme (Conservator of the Torino Musei Foundation)

April 13th at 5pm: Rosso Moda. Capucci between fire and cinnabar

Conference by Massimiliano Capella (Director of the Paolo and Carolina Zani Foundation for art and culture)

May 4th at 7.30pm: musical finissage of the temporary exhibitions.

Madrigals and musical jokes around red

Sara Mingardo, contralto

Angela Naccari, harpsichord

Edoardo Blasetti, theorbo


All events have free entry upon reservation, with the exception of the concert on May 4th. (Entrance €20: concert + guided tour)

To access the House Museum, booking is mandatory: info@fondazionezani.com – 0302520479