Since 1995 the Foundation has supported young Italian and foreign artists, paying particular attention to the commission and production of new works, and has promoted contemporary art with the aim of attracting an ever-growing public to it.
Since over two decades, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has pursued its commitment to contemporary art and culture. Among the first private foundations opened in Italy, it can be described as an observatory on the artistic trends and cultural languages of our time, across the fields of art, music, dance, literature and design. Launched in Turin on April 1995, on the initiative of its President, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the Foundation is a nonprofit institution that reflects a new conception of patronage, based on principles of individual responsibility and the sharing of personal passion, knowledge and resources.
The Foundation is housed in two buildings: Palazzo Re Rebaudengo in Guarene d’Alba, an 18th-century manor on the Roero hills, and a museum in the city of Turin, built from scratch in a district that testifies to the city's industrial past and to its more recent transformations. The Foundation has its roots in the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection. Launched in 1992, and built over the years through close interaction with artists, the Collection is an exemplary constellation of works, and reflects the diversity of art research in the past few decades. The choice to institute the Foundation marked a further step in the story of the private collection, which evolved into an organized project open to the public sphere.
Preserving the central role of the artist, as part of a culture of collecting based on sensibility and personal involvement, is a mission spelt out in the Foundation's statute, and takes the form of support to new generations of artists through the promotion and creation of exhibitions, and the production of works. The second mission of the Foundation centers on the visitor, who is both the target and protagonist of initiatives aimed at spreading and expanding knowledge about contemporary art. At the Foundation, exhibitions are a meeting point between artists, curators and public: a space for reflection which, through the works, increases the visibility of current art, and of the reading it gives of the issues of our time (from globalization to environmentalism, from labor to new technologies); exhibitions are forums that amplify the voice of visitors and their interpretations, thanks to the conversational approach of our cultural mediation service, which is provided regularly and free of charge; the exhibition is a space for inspiration and creativity, which find a practical, living expression in workshops especially designed by the Educational Department for each different sector of our visiting public (children, adolescents, young adults, school groups, teachers, families, disabled people).
Over the years Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has extended its expertise, which is based on the experimental approach of the institution and on the highly developed skills of its staff. Today the Foundation is an internationally acknowledged exhibition center, as well as an educational institution with a strong identity and extensive experience in training, as shown by such programs as the Residency for Young Foreign Curators, launched in 2006, by Campo, an independent course for Italian curators launched in 2012, or by periodically held study days for teachers and educators, and seminars on such topics as accessibility and cultural mediation.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo encourages the cooperation between institutions and the construction of networks: it is a vibrant actor in the art system of Turin and its cultural scene, interacting with public institutions, banking foundations, local communities, associations and businesses that operate on the territory. In 2014 it promoted the institution of a national Committee of Contemporary Art Foundations (Comitato Fondazioni per l’Arte Contemporanea), as a single negotiating partner to the Italian Ministry of Culture (MiBACT). In 2008 it co-founded the FACE network (Foundation of Arts for a Contemporary Europe). The Foundation can boast a widespread network of contacts in the international system, which translates into support for major events such as Biennials and Kassel's Documenta, and exhibitions focusing on the Collection, which have been hosted in museums and foundations worldwide. With its prize “Premio StellaRe”, instituted in 2006, the Foundation intends to highlight the achievements and engagement of women in the domains of culture, scientific research and economy.
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is the founder and President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. After graduating in Economy and Business at Turin university, she approached the world of contemporary art as a collector, in the early 1990s.
She turned her passion for art into an organized activity in 1995, when she created Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 1997 the first building of the Foundation, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, was opened in Guarene d’Alba (Cuneo).
In 2000 the Foundation took its activity of developing and promoting contemporary art a step further, with the opening of a new exhibition venue in Turin, which is now an internationally acknowledged center for research, experimentation, and exchange between artists, critics, rators and collectors from all over the world.
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is a member of the International Council and the Friends of Contemporary Drawing of New York's MoMA, the International Council of London's Tate Gallery, the Leadership Council of New York's New Museum, the Advisory Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art of Philadelphia's Museum of Art, and the Culture Council of the Magazine Cartier Art.
She is a honorary member of the Monaco Project for the Arts. Since 2008 she has also been a member of the Cultural Committee of the General Confederation of Italian Industry, and is part of the Jury of Literary Experts for the literary prize “Premio Campiello – Confindustria Veneto”, of the Board of Directors of Fondazione Piemontese per la Ricerca sul Cancro, and of the Jury of the Talent Prize.
The Center for Contemporary Art (Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea) in Turin has been the Fuondation's main exhibition venue ever since its opening in 2002. The Center is located in the San Paolo district, and was erected upon the former Fergat area, which used to be occupied by abandoned industrial facilities. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo acquired a 99-year leasehold on the estate. The building was designed by architect Claudio Silvestrin, and stands out for the essential simplicty of its spaces, which are especially conceived to house and exhibit contemporary art works, and were built with versatility and ease of management in mind. The horizontal direction of the building allows to efficiently manage the existing activities and everyday life of an exhibition center: from transporting and installing works to designing easy exhibition itineraries for the public. The idea behind the building of the Center was to provide the city of Turin with an international space for contemporary art, which can perform an equivalent role to that of the Kunsthalle in Germany, or the Centre d’Art Contemporain in France: a place for meeting and exchange between the public and new generations of artists, critics and curators.
Palazzo Re Rebaudengo is a historical 18 th century mansion, protected by the Department for Architectural and Landscape Heritage. In its majestic rooms, on September 28 1997, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo opened its first seat, with the exhibition Cosa sono le nuvole (What are clouds?).
The palace was redesigned as an exhibition center by architects Corrado Levi, Alessandra Raso and Alberto Rolla, with a project that preserved the original architecture. The idea behind the renovation project was one of close interaction between past and present, which is evident in the combination between contemporary materials (clear concrete, aluminum, zinc-coated iron) and traditional ones (the stucco decorations, small stages, and frescoed ceilings). Fully equipped for exhibitions and other contemporary art events, the Center is a versatile space, with a sequence of rooms that lend themselves to a variety of setup, installation and projection purposes. On the ground floor, a large veranda – originally the villa's portico – connects the exhibition rooms with a terrace looking onto the hills, which in summer nights is lit by the ever-present moon, a big round lamp that shines at a height of four meters.
Ever since its opening, the building in Guarene d’Alba has hosted exhibitions produced by the Foundation as well as book and film presentations, debates, lectures and educational labs. The year 2006 saw the completion of enlargment work for the exhibition and Educational Department area, as well as for the residential wing of the building, which since then has accommodated foreign curators.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is committed to promoting contemporary art, not only through its exhibiting activity, but also by commissioning and producing new works. A frequent way to do this is asking artists to create works for specific projects and exhibitions to be held in our buildings. In 2002 the Foundation covered in full the production of Doug Aitken's solo show New Ocean, which was also presented at the Serpentine Gallery in London and at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz. In 2008, for the exhibition YouPrison. Riflessioni sulla limitazione di spazio e libertà (Reflections on the limitation of space and freedom), 11 international architectural studios planned and created new installations focusing on the prison space.
In 2011, as part of the celebrations for 150 years of Italian Unity, the Foundation organized the exhibition Espressione Geografica (A geographical expression), asking 20 international artists to produce a work related to a specific Italian region. In 2015 Ian Cheng presented his Emissary in the Squat of Gods, the first work in his trilogy of live simulations, which was entirely produced by the Foundation. Adrían Villar Rojas. Rinascimento was a major solo exhibition, designed and created especially for the spaces of the Foundation in Turin by the Argentinian artist, in 2015. Every year, in concidence with the final show of the foreign curators Residency, the Foundation produces several works by the young Italian artists included in the exhibition.
In the ten-year project Da Guarene all’Etna, the Foundation supported young Italian photography, commissioning photographs that described the landscape of Italy, as well as its social and cultural geography.
In 2005 the Foundation participated in the international production of the film by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Zidane. A 21st Century Portrait, made possible by a collaboration with Palomar Pictures and Anna Lena Films.
As part of its mission of supporting the work of artists featured in major international exhibition events, such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel, the Foundation has produced works by Doug Aitken, Luisa Lambri, Steve McQueen, Goshka Macuga, Meris Angioletti, Wael Shawky, Ragnar Kjartansson, Ed Atkins, Marwan Rechmaoui, and Jason Moran.
StellaRe is the name of the Prize which the Foundation has awarded since 2006 to women who, through their work, commitment and ideas, have broken new ground in a wide variety of fields of knowledge, with special regard to the most complex cultural, political and economic strategies that organize today's society. The prize for Premio StellaRe is a ring, designed and made by artist Maurizio Cattelan: it is a very classical engagement ring, only in an enlarged size, measuring five centimeters in diameter, and is a single piece. A brilliant that shines just like the star of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. “The Prize is intended as a homage to those women who have generated ideas, brought innovation and revolutionized our way of looking at reality and interpreting it” explains President Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 2006 the Premio StellaRe was given to Franca Sozzani, director of Vogue Italia, for her highly innovative, strongly effective communication strategy; in 2007 it was awarded to the Minister of Economy and Planning of the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the first woman in her country to hold a government office; in 2009 Lisa Phillips won the prize for her dedication to contemporary art and culture, and her remarkable career as an international curator and director of New York's New Museum; Kazuyo Sejima also received the prize, for a new way of conceiving architecture that is entirely different from the traditional canon; in 2011 the Prize was awarded to Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, a molecular biology researcher, for a discovery that can be useful to treat all illnesses related to ageing, including cancer; in 2014 physicist Fabiola Gianotti received the prize for her scientific discoveries; in 2015 the prize was awarded to Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, President of the Qatar museums, for her philanthropic efforts in supporting the younger generations; in 2016 Allegra Agnelli won the prize for her major support of cancer research, as the Founder and President of Fondazione Piemontese per la Ricerca sul Cancro - ONLUS.
In 2006 the Circolo StellaRe was created especially to assign the Premio StellaRe: a group of women whom Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo brought together to work on an ambitious project devoted to women, their identity and their value in this new millennium. Each new winner of the brilliant ring of Premio StellaRe is automatically added to the Stellare Club (Circolo Stellare).
Members of Circolo StellaRe include: H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Elizabeth Blackburn, Franca Coin, Anne-Marie De Weck, Alberta Ferretti, Maria Luisa Frisa, Fabiola Gianotti, Umberta Gnutti Beretta, Paola Manfrin, Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Martina Mondadori, Lisa Philips, Giulia Puri, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Kazuyo Sejima, Warly Tomei and Francesca Tronchetti Provera.
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Emilia Broggi Sandretto
Agostino Re Rebaudengo
Emilio Re Rebaudengo
Eugenio Re Rebaudengo
Elena Stradiotto, Francesca Togni, Annamaria Cilento, Alessia Palermo
Eleonora Pietrosanto, Chiara Sabatucci
Giorgina Bertolino, Irene Calderoni, Vittoria Martini
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