Who We Are

Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea fosters the understanding of our era through art and culture, involving the local and international public to promote social and civil growth of the area in which it operates. In addition to collecting and exhibiting works of art, the Museum is a center for creativity, research, education and the development of culture especially in the field of contemporary art in a reflection on the present that passes through a dynamic relationship with the past.

Mission

The mission of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea is to engage local and international audiences in a deeper understanding of our present times through art and culture, while contributing to the social development of its surrounding region. In addition to collecting and exhibiting artworks, the Museum is a hub for creativity, research and learning, primarily in the field of contemporary art, by reflecting on the present through a dynamic relationship with the past.

The first museum devoted to contemporary art in Italy, Castello di Rivoli is a beacon for the art world. Since it opened in 1984, it has continuously presented innovative exhibitions and radical art performances, while remaining sensitive to the unique Baroque castle that hosts it. Designed in 1718 by Filippo Juvarra, the castle is a constant source of inspiration for artists. Its architecture and history inspire the creation of new works conceived specifically for the Museum’s Permanent Collection.

While conserving and displaying works of art is a central mission of Castello di Rivoli, this represents only a part of the activities that make it a cutting-edge contemporary art museum for the 21st century. A lively center for experimentation, activities take place both in its physical spaces and online, through its website and on other digital platforms, promoting the work of artists from all generations, countries, and cultural backgrounds. Its high-quality publications are of long-lasting historical and scholarly importance.

An identity formed out of encounters and openness requires the constant re-inventing of oneself, in line with the rapid and profound changes in society. To this end, one of the distinctive features of Castello di Rivoli is its commitment to multiple fields and disciplines. The Museum frequently collaborates with other local cultural institutions, hosting theatrical performances, concerts, film and video festivals as well as seminars and conferences both on- and offsite. It also programs symposia and roundtables dedicated to other fields, from literature, philosophy, and music, through science, physics, and conservation.

By operating across Piedmont and Turin, in dialog with numerous Italian and international museums, with its Curatorial Department, Education Department, Research Institute, Library, Archives, and Multimedia Center, Castello di Rivoli is a key center of artistic culture.

The collections include works owned directly by the Museum, works on long-term loan acquired for the Museum by Fondazione per l’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT, works from Fondazione Rivetti and Cerruti Collection. The video collection was acquired thanks to Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo.

The Museum is supported by Regione Piemonte, Città di Torino, Città di Rivoli, Fondazione CRT, partner Intesa Sanpaolo and Gallerie d’Italia, as well as other sponsors and donors.

Friends

Info

Irene Calvi
T +39 011.9565.202
r.aghemo@castellodirivoli.org

Participation to the Friends of the Museum Association is upon invitation

Benefactors

Beatrice Bulgari
Stefano e Maribel Buono Lopera
Gianfranco D’Amato
Nicoletta Fiorucci
Joe Hage
Francesca Lavazza
Achille Mauri
Miuccia Prada
Marco Rossi
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Nancy Olnick e Giorgio Spanu
Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza
Giulia Tosetti
Lisa e Antonio Tucci Russo
Andrea Zegna

Supporting Friends

Roberta Ceretto
Michele Denegri
Sigifredo di Canossa
Raffaella Elia Antonietti
Pier Luigi Lanza
Andrea Ruben Levi
Lin Li
Amanda Love
Luigi Maramotti
Pepi Marchetti Franchi
Daniela Memmo D’Amelio
Barbara Negro Noero
Renata Novarese
Enea Righi
Giuliana Setari Carusi
Uli Sigg
Gianluca Spinola
Gabriella Toso Ferrero
Cristina Viglietta

Friends

Andrea Accornero
Guido Accornero 
Pedro Barbosa 
Mariolina Bassetti
Enrico Boglione 
Viviana Buoninconti
Consolata Carnaroli Massone
Silvia Castelli Malacalza
Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno
Massimo Ciaccio
Irma CiaramellaRaffaella Cortese
Mauro Dalpasso
Franco Dante
Monica De Cardenas
Giovanni Dionisio
Enrica Dorna
Füsun Eczacıbaşı
Pierpaolo Falone
Silvio Ferrero
Andrea Fustinoni
Giorgio Gagna
Marta Giani
Enrico Giliberti
Paolo Guidotti
John Kaldor AO
Paolo Ludovici
Barbara Maccaferri
Cen Maciotta Massobrio
Enrico Mambretti
Pier Giorgio Manera
Giò Marconi
Valentina Marocco
Chiara Massimello
Luisa Mensi
Paolo Merlo
Andrea Montanari 
Catriona Mordant AM e Simon Mordant AM
Remo Morone
Maurizio Morra Greco
Gisella Nuvolone
Rosy Pane
Lorenzo Perini-Natali
Giorgia Pininfarina 
Tony Podesta
Irene Previdi Wassermann
Agostino Re Rebaudengo
Sandra Reberschack Furlotti
Natalina Remotti
Elisabetta Riscossa
Matteo Maria Riscossa
Alessandro Roba
Emiliano Rossi 
Laura Russo
Giuseppina Sardi
Andrea Scardina
Catterina Seia Marocco
Benedetta Spalletti
Carla Testore
Gino Viliani 
Gisela Winkelhofer 

Director

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev is the Director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti in Turin. Curator, researcher, and scholar, she is currently Honory Guest Professor at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. She is the recipient of the 2019 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. She was Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University (2013–2019).

Christov-Bakargiev was born in the United States from a Bulgarian father and an Italian mother and she returned to Italy to conduct her studies in Literature and Philosophy at the universities of Genoa and Pisa. She began her career in the arts writing reviews for the magazine Reporter and for the newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. Friendships with artists in Italy and internationally, including William Kentridge, Alighiero Boetti, Pierre Huyghe, Francis Alÿs, Mario and Marisa Merz, and Jannis Kounellis, propelled her curatorial work. Following a period at Villa Medici where she curated summer exhibitions (1998–2000), she served as Chief Curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center affiliated to MoMA in New York. Amongst many other projects, at PS1 she organized the groundbreaking survey of Janet Cardiff’s work.

In 2002, she returned to Turin to work at Castello di Rivoli upon invitation of its former director Ida Gianelli. In 2008 she curated the Sydney Biennial, followed by dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012, and the 14th Istanbul Biennial in 2015. The following year she returned to Turin where, until 2017, she directed both GAM Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. She was an advisor to the first Munch Triennial 2022 and a jury member of the first Munch Award (Camille Henrot) in 2015. Amongst her major publications is the monograph Arte Povera (London, Phaidon Press, 1999).

Team

Board of Directors

Francesca Lavazza
President

Gianluca Ferrero
Vice President

Antonella Musy
Board Member

Marco Chiriotti
Board Secretary

Board of Auditors

Alessandro Cian
President

Auditors
Elvira Pozzo
Maria Irma Ciaramella
Luigi Scalise Pantuso (Substitute) 
Laura Schiavone (Substitute)

Advisory Commitee
Lara Favaretto
Peter Galison
Massimiliano Gioni
Joan Jonas
William Kentridge
Chus Martínez
Giuseppe Penone

Direction

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Director

Irene Calvi
Director’s Office and Development 
T +39 011.9565.202 
i.calvi@castellodirivoli.org

Curatorial Department

Marcella Beccaria
Chief Curator and Curator of Collections 
T +39 011.9565.206
m.beccaria@castellodirivoli.org

Marianna Vecellio
Curator
T +39 011.9565.241
m.vecellio@castellodirivoli.org

Chiara Bertola
Head of Exhibitions and Collections
T +39 011.9565.262
c.bertola@castellodirivoli.org

Sofia Biondi
Registrar 
T +39 011.9565.210
registrar@castellodirivoli.org

Federica Lamedica
Assistant Curator
T +39 011.9565.240
f.lamedica@castellodirivoli.org

Education Department

Paola Zanini
Head of Department
T +39 011.9565.214
p.zanini@castellodirivoli.org

Barbara Rocci
Secretary Coordination 
T +39 011.9565.213
educa@castellodirivoli.org

Brunella Manzardo
Media Relations, Communication and Accessibility 
T +39 011.9565.232
b.manzardo@castellodirivoli.org

Anna Pironti
Honorary Consultant
T +39 011.9565.212
a.pironti@castellodirivoli.org

Cerruti Collection

Fabio Cafagna
Archives, Registrar and Research
T +39 011.9565.204
f.cafagna@castellodirivoli.org

Laura Cantone
Archives, Registrar and Research
T +39 011.9565.204
l.cantone@castellodirivoli.org

CRRI – Castello di Rivoli Research Institute,
Library, Multimedia Archive and Museum of Advertising

Andrea Viliani
Head and Curator of CRRI 
T +39 011.9565.285
a.viliani@castellodirivoli.org

Maria Messina
Head Librarian
T +39 011.9565.285
biblioteca@castellodirivoli.org

Ilenia Carriero
Library Assistant
Head of Video Archvie

T +39 011.9565.285
biblioteca@castellodirivoli.org

Giulia De Giorgi
Archivist
T +39 011.9565.286
crri@castellodirivoli.org

External Relations Department

Manuela Vasco
Press Office Manager
T +39 011.9565.209
press@castellodirivoli.org

Roberta Aghemo
Marketing and Events Manager
T +39 011.9565.270
r.aghemo@castellodirivoli.org

Alessia M.S. Giorda
Historic and Artistic Heritage of the Savoy Residence Manager, Digital Contents
T +39 011.9565.246
a.giorda@castellodirivoli.org

Giulia Colletti
Public Programs Consultant and Digital Contents Curator
T +39 011.9565.215
g.colletti@castellodirivoli.org

Sarah Greenberg
International Communications Advisor

Stilema
Media and Public Relations Consultant

Administration

Sabrina Beccati
Head of Administration and Finance
T +39 011.9565.207
responsabile.amministrazione@castellodirivoli.org

Caterina Immordino
Administration
T +39 011.9565.208
amministrazione@castellodirivoli.org

Stefania D’Orta
Administration and Human Resources
T +39 011.9565.242
s.dorta@castellodirivoli.org

Technical Department

Piero Nuzzolese
T +39 011.9565.216
p.nuzzolese@castellodirivoli.org

Fulvio Castelli
Francesco Ciliberto

Architectural Conservation Consultant

Andrea Bruno

Luisa Mensi
Conservation and Restoration

Visitors and Ticketing Service

Antonella Cosimato
T +39 011.9565.280
biglietteria@castellodirivoli.org

Pierluigi Gambula
Angela Martinisi

Bookshop

Stefania D’Orta
T +39 011.9565.283
biglietteria@castellodirivoli.org

Caterina Filippini
Consultant

Museum Café

Dennis Cafà
Luciana Romano

caffetteria@castellodirivoli.org
T +39 011.9565.273

Restaurant
T +39 011.9565.270
ristorante@castellodirivoli.org