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FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO

Since 1995, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is committed to foster contemporary art and culture by supporting new generations of artists, realising exhibitions, producing artworks, and actively involving the public. It is among the first private foundations established in Italy, and an observatory on artistic tendencies and languages from our present. Founded in Turin on April 6th, 1995, by Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, its President, the Foundation is a non-profit institution that reflects patronage’s new direction of personal responsibility.

 The Foundation has a location in Turin, in the art centre designed by architect Claudio Silvestrin, and one in Guarene, at Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, a seventeenth-century residence protected by the Cultural and Environmental Heritage Superintendence. The Art Park on the hill of San Licerio in Guarene and the Women Artist Woods in the public garden in front of the Turin location make the Foundation’s projects available to the community and, at the same time, they address environmental and sustainability themes.

 

Today the Foundation is an internationally recognized exhibition and cultural production centre. It is an educational agency and a specialized training centre through its Young Curators Residency programme and Campo, a course in curatorial studies and practices.

The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo fosters collaboration among institutions and network building. It actively participates in the art system, as well as in Turin’s cultural landscape. On a national level, it promoted the foundation of the Contemporary Art Foundations Committee in 2014. It relies on a patrimony of capillary relations with the international art system, expressed through the production of artwork for big events, such as Biennials and Documenta in Kassel, as well as through exhibitions from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, which are hosted by museums and foundations all around the world.

PALAZZO RE REBAUDENGO

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THE GUARENE LOCATION

Palazzo Re Rebaudengo is a seventeenth-century residence, protected by the Cultural and Environmental Heritage Superintendence. It was in its stately rooms that, on September 28th, 1997, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo inaugurated its first location with the exhibition Cosa sono le nuvole.

 

The Palazzo was repurposed as an exhibition centre by architects Corrado Levi, Alessandra Raso and Alberto Rolla, on the basis of a project that respected its original structure. The restoration relied on an intense dialogue between past and present, which is perceptible in the pairing of contemporary materials (light grey cement, aluminium, galvanised iron) with traditional ones (plasters, ancient wood floorings, frescoed ceilings). The centre is equipped to host contemporary art exhibitions and events. It is a versatile space, a sequence of environments, which allow for a plurality of set-ups, installations, and screenings.

 

Since its opening, the location has been hosting exhibitions produced by the Foundation, as well as performances, book and film presentations, debates, conferences and educational workshops. In 2006, the expansion of the exhibition area – destined to exhibitions as well as activities promoted by the Educational Department – was completed, as was the wing dedicated to art residences, which has been hosting foreign curators ever since.

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