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Francois Confino - WiMu

The exhibition concept and installations of the WiMu of Falletti Castle in Barolo are designed by François Confino, one of the world’s most appreciated specialists in museum exhibitions.

Born in Geneva in 1945, Confino earned a degree in Architecture in 1970. He taught at Columbia University in New York from 1971 to 1976, and returned to Europe in 1977 to set up “Archaeology in the City,” the inaugural exhibition of the Pompidou Center in Paris. He opened a studio in Lussan in 1978 and immediately began working on an enormous number of projects, integrating them with the pioneering use of multimedia.

In 1987, he set up the exhibition Cités – Cinés at La Villette in Paris, and afterwards traveled in France, Belgium, and Canada. For the first on such a scale, a museum exhibition became spectacle, an incredible show.

After a series of important projects in France, Canada, Belgium, and Spain, including the Expo of Seville in 1992 and Cités-Cinés 2 in 1995, he began his work at the Toyota Museum in Tokyo.

In Turin in the region of Piedmont, Italy, he inaugurated the Mole Antonelliana in 2000, the National Cinema Museum; and in 2011, he worked on restructuring the National Automobile Museum in Turin.

In 2005, he worked at the Science Museum of Suzhou, in the district of Shanghai, where – in the absence of any permanent collections – the museum and its structure itself are worthy of a visit. Confino suggests a philosophical approach to science, underlining the importance of the role of imagination in discovery.

Finally, among his most recent projects, Confino worked on the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (since 2006); on preparations of a permanent exhibit Slavery Memorial in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies (2010); and on the Pavilion of Future, one of five thematic pavilions of the Shanghai Expo of 2010.

Currently, Confino is working on the set of Chaplin’s World – The Modern Times Museum of Corsie su Vevey in Switzerland for the Cité de l'Économie et de la Monnaie (CEM) in Paris: openings are planned for 2015.

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