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 President of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. After graduating in Economics 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 venue of the Foundation, Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, was opened in Guarene (Cuneo).
In 2002, the Fondazione opened its second venue in Turin, which is an internationally acknowledged center for research, experimentation, and exchange between artists, critics, rators and collectors from all over the world. In 2017, Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Madrid was established.
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is member of the International Council of the MoMA of New York, of the International Council of the Tate Gallery of London, of the Leadership Council of the New Museum of New York, of the Advisory Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, of the Conseil d’Administration de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, of the Committee of Art Basel Cities, of the CCS Board of Governors of Bard College in New York, of the Advisory Committee of the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai.
Since 2008, she has also been a member of the Cultural Committee of Confindustria.
Since 2014, she is President of Comitato Fondazioni Italiane Arte Contemporanea. Since 2017, she is President of IEO-CCM Foundation (European Institute of Oncology-Centro Cardiologico Monzino).
Since 2015, she has been teaching Theories and Forms of the Art Market at the IULM, Free University of Languages, and Communication in Milan.
She has been awarded several prizes and honorary titles including the Recognition of Officer of the Italian Republic (2005), the title of “Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” awarded by the French Republic (2009), the LEO Award of the ICI (2019) and in 2020 she was nominated “Ambassador in the world of Turin excellence”.
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Emilia Broggi Sandretto
Fabio Alberto Regoli
Agostino Re Rebaudengo
Emilio Re Rebaudengo
Eugenio Re Rebaudengo
Giuliana Gardini, Valentina Ciappina
Elena Stradiotto, Francesca Togni, Annamaria Cilento, Alessia Palermo
Gabriella Dal Lago, Elisa Rugolo
Eleonora Pietrosanto, Chiara Sabatucci
Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti
Giorgina Bertolino, Irene Calderoni, Bernardo Follini, Vittoria Martini
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 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.
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