Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will celebrate the work of female artists and curators

This year, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will celebrate the work of female artists and curators through numerous projects and exhibitions including newly commissioned work from some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today and an exhibition of works from Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s extensive contemporary art collection.

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has long been a supporter of female artists, having work by female artists as a major strand in her collection since the very beginning in 1992. From 28 July – 29 September, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will loan 30 pieces from her collection of female artists to Touchstones Rochdale in Greater Manchester (UK). The exhibition is entitled HERSTORY: Women Artists from the Collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and will feature works by Berlinde de Bruyckere, Nan Goldin, Mona Hatoum, Karen Kilimnik, Barbara Kruger, Sarah Lucas, Senga Nengudi, Shirin Neshat, Cindy Sherman, Gillian Wearing and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, amongst others. Era-defining works from the collection, will be paired alongside artefacts from the gallery’s social history collection, connecting the ideas woven through each artwork with poignant echoes of gender inequality, objectification of the female body and inspirational challenges to patriarchal norms.

At the Fondazione from 7 June – 7 October, three young female curators from Indonesia, Germany and the USA will present Coming Soon, the culmination of the 12th Young Curators Residency Programme. This year the programme consists only of female curators. Mira Asriningtyas, Nora Heidorn and Kari Rittenbach will bring together work from young Italian artists, following four months of studio visits around the country.

In the autumn, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will present a trio of exhibitions of newly commissioned work coinciding with Artissima (2 – 4 November). This will include the European premiere of Rachel Rose’s new video Wil-o-Wisp, a result of the Future Fields Commission in Time-Based Media. Shown first in the USA at the Philadelphia Art Museum (1 May – 18 August), Wil-o-Wisp, is a joint commission between Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Philadelphia Art Museum, and the first in this new initiative designed to give unprecedented opportunities to international artists who are exploring new artistic territory. Born in 1986, Rachel Rose is one of the most innovative artists working in the field of video art today.

Alongside this, Monster Chetwynd (previously known as Marvin Gaye Chetwynd), and Andra Ursuța have been invited to present new work at the Fondazione this November. British performance artist and filmmaker Monster Chetwynd (b. 1973) creates lively reworkings of iconic moments from cultural history. Her work is held in the Tate, British Council and Arts Council collections amongst others. Her work has been presented in the Tate Triennial (2006), Nottingham Contemporary (2014), Edinburgh Art Festival (2015) and Liverpool Biennial (2017).

Romanian-born American artist Andra Ursuța (1979) has had solo exhibitions at New Museum (2016) and Hammer (2014). Her work uses fatalistic dark humour to expose power dynamics, examine modes of desire and probe the vulnerability of the human body.

To coincide with these exhibitions, a selection of works by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye from the Collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will be hung at the Fondazione. Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977) was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2013. She has had solo exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art (2017), Kunsthalle Basel (2016) and Serpentine Gallery (2015) amongst others.