Research Institute

The Centro di Ricerca Castello di Rivoli (CRRI) is the new department of the Museum and its Library and is aimed at research as well as collecting and enhancing the archive material of artists, curators, critics, gallerists, and collectors in Italy active in particular between the 1960s and today.

With this project, the Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea intends to expand its scholarly vocation and its nature as a cultural institute devoted to cultural research, study, and production.

The archives gathered and catalogued at the CRRI will be used according to a two-fold intervention. On the one hand, they will become study and research material on the part of Italian and foreign scholars, invited thanks to a network of cultural institutions and scholarships for Visiting Scholars, Visiting Artists, and Visiting Researchers. On the other hand, they will be living material, intended for the creative and interdisciplinary use of artists, writers, filmmakers, graphic designers, and curators.

The CRRI’s mission is to promote and create a series of activities such as round tables and study days, to produce and disseminate publications, video documentaries, and works of art that stem from the archive material found at the Research Institute, as well as to organize temporary exhibitions.

The CRRI initiatives strive to make the material found at the Institute more accessible to users thanks to means and distribution channels that are not just academic or artistic.

The Institute will not only create material but will also promote it with other entities, institutions, and artists across the world. Thus the CRRI will become an important hub for scholars and artists while promoting a series of activities that support and bolster its own collections.

In order to accommodate the CRRI, some areas of the Manica Lunga located on the ground floor and the second floor as well as the Library will be re-installed. In fact, the project, by the architect Andrea Bruno, plans to reconvert some areas intended for material storage and use: sliding archives, scanner room, cold storage, consultation room, offices.


The CRRI Consultant is the art historian and curator Luca Cerizza.


Luca Cerizza (Milan, 1969) is a critic and curator. From 2000 to 2016 he lived in Berlin. He currently resides in Turin and in Mumbai. After his degree in Art History and Criticism from the Università Statale of Milan, in 1997–1998 he attended the De Appel Curatorial Training Programme in Amsterdam. Between 2006 and 2010 Cerizza was a guest professor of Curatorial Studies at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan). Starting in 2011 he is a professor of Museology in the Master’s course in that same department. In addition to being a writer and critic, Cerizza was also an editor for the magazine Kaleidoscope (2009–2013) and a collaborator for Frieze (2006–2013). He currently works with Art Agenda. The author of Alighiero Boetti. Mappa (Afterall, London 2008/Electa, Milan 2009) and L’uccello e la piuma. La questione della leggerezza nell’arte italiana (Et al. Edizioni, Milan 2010), he recently edited an anthology of criticism by Tommaso Trini (Johan & Levi, Milan, 2016). Curating projects include solo exhibitions by Gianfranco Baruchello (Raven Row, London, 2017) and Tino Sehgal (OGR, Turin, 2018).


The Library director is Maria Messina.


Maria Messina (Turin, 1965) is the Librarian. With a degree in modern literature from the University of Turin, she later attended a Master’s course for librarians and many other specialization courses as well. She began working at the Museum’s Library in 1999. She was in charge of locating the Library in the Museum’s Manica Lunga, and also defined and organized the library according to SBN. The Castello di Rivoli’s Library is the most important library in Italy devoted to contemporary art: it currently possesses about 42,000 volumes and over 300 periodicals of which approximately 50 are in subscription. It was open to the public in 1999 with an initial core of publications gathered since 1984 in preparation of exhibitions and the development of cultural projects related to the Museum. The collections have grown thanks to purchases, donations from individuals and artists, and above all to publication exchanges with major museums, galleries, libraries, and foundations devoted to art.

Starting with the exhibition Ed Atkins (2016), the Library has also become an experimental installation space for the Castello di Rivoli’s events.



CRRI – Centro di Ricerca Castello di Rivoli

Luca Cerizza | | tel. 011.9565285

Maria Messina | | tel. 011.9565285

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