INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI) WILL HONOR
PATRIZIA SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO WITH THE 2019 LEO AWARD
The Leo Award, which honors groundbreaking support of contemporary art,
will be presented at ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction
on October 21, 2019, in New York City
Independent Curators International (ICI), the leading arts organization focused on the role of the curator in contemporary art and culture, announced today that it will honor Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo with the 2019 Leo Award. Sandretto Re Rebaudengo will be presented with the award at ICI’s Annual Benefit & Auction in New York on Tuesday, October 21, 2019.
Named after early ICI supporter and legendary art dealer Leo Castelli, the award recognizes extraordinary commitment to artists and pioneering contributions to the field of contemporary art. Past recipients of the award include Dimitris Daskalopoulos, Marian Goodman, Michael Govan, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Miuccia Prada, Emily Rauh Pulizter, and Dasha Zhukova.
An avid collector for more than two decades, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is the founder and President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, which was established in 1995, opened its first exhibition space in 1997 in Guarene d’Alba, Italy, expanded into a center for artistic research and experimentation in 2002 in Turin, and will open an additional space in Madrid, designed by David Adjaye over the coming years.
Through the Fondazione, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has actively promoted artists through exhibitions and the production of new works; fostered new and growing audiences through education; and created institutional partnerships for the support of contemporary art. Among many international affiliations, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is a member of MoMA’s International Council, the New Museum’s Leadership Council, the Advisory Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Board of Governors of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Reflecting Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s commitment to the curatorial field, the Fondazione launched in 2007 the Young Curators Residency Programme, and in 2012 the Campo course for curators, providing early professional opportunities.
In awarding this year’s Leo, ICI considered the importance of its own mission and core values, reflected in the achievements of the honoree’s vision: promoting accessibility to contemporary art; facilitating institutional collaboration; and investing in the next generation of curators. “With this Award, we honor Patrizia’s relentless support of art and cultural exchange,” says Renaud Proch, ICI Executive Director. “Through the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s exceptional exhibition program in Turin, its Education Department and the Young Curators Residency, Patrizia has shown great dedication to encouraging discourse and international engagement — two core ICI values. We are proud to welcome her among the ‘Leos’.”
Sandretto Re Rebaudengo states, “I am delighted and honoured to receive the Leo Award. Since the beginning, the passion and daily work of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has been to contribute to an opening up of contemporary art to a wider audience. Investing in young curators and artists has been an exciting, rewarding and vital part of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s programme, which we are seeking always to develop. To have this work acknowledged by the Independent Curators International is a true privilege.”
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