On September 1997, the Fondazione inaugurated a new museum space in Guarene d’Alba (CN). This eighteenth-century historical building has been transformed into an exhibition space for contemporary art.
By preserving the architectural past in the volumes and atmosphere, without any interpretations or judgment, and only intervening where strictly necessary in a new but simple and recognisable manner, the restoration has left room for a cultural freedom for the exhibitions which are being held inside and outside the museum.
The main events
An exhibition devoted to international photography and curated by Francesco Bonami: 27 artists from 13 different countries exhibited the most compelling images from their photographic works. The artists present highlighted the great capacity of the photographic medium for creative transformation within contemporary art in recent years.
The artists invited to exhibit included: Art Club 2000 (USA), Massimo Bartolini (Italy), Vanessa Beecroft (Italy), James Casebere (USA), Martino Coppes (Italy), Riccardo De Oliveira (Brazil), Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan), Jasansky/Polak (Czech Republic), KHCO (Cuba), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Antje Majewsky (Germany), Esko Manniko (Finland), Shirin Neshat (Iran), Walter Niedermayr (Italy), Catherine Opie (USA), Florence Paradeis (France), Elizabeth Peyton (USA), Paul Ramirez Jonas (USA), Sam Samore (USA), Collier Schorr (USA), Georgina Starr (United Kingdom), Beat Streuli (Switzerland), Wolfgang Tillmans (Germany), Massimo Uberti (Italy), Vedova Mazzei (Italy), Gillian Wearing (United Kingdom).
The exhibition opened on 9th June 1995 at the Corderie dell’Arsenale in Venice on the occasion of the centenary of the Biennale and was very well received. National and international art critics and directors and curators from many European and American museums defined Campo as one of the most thought-provoking cultural events of the 1995 Biennale.
From 20th October to 31st December 1995, the exhibition was shown at the Fondazione’s space in Sant’Antonino di Susa (near Turin), with new works and a comprehensive catalogue published by Umberto Allemandi & C.
Between 11th February and 8th April 1996, Campo 95 was exhibited at the Konstmuseet in Malmö (Sweden) where it was very well received by the public.
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Passaggi – Fotografia nell’arte italiana contemporanea (Photography in Italian contemporary art) An exhibition devoted to the unpublished photographic works of 7 young Italian artists. The works were commissioned and produced by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte. Curated by Antonella Russo, it was presented at the Arcate dei Murazzi Po in Turin in June 1996. The choice to hold the exhibition in these sheds beside the River Po was made to call the attention of a wider public to the latest trends in art beyond the conventional exhibition spaces and institutions.
After Turin, the exhibition was hosted in October 1996 at the Maison d’Italie in Paris and in December at the Centro d’Arte Contemporanea di Bellinzona (Switzerland).
A site-specific installation entitled “I Murazzi dalla Cima” by artist Stefano Arienti and curated by Angel Vettese was held at the Murazzi Po in Turin in September 1996.
Campo 6; The Spiral Village
Campo 6 the second phase in the Campo project for the new millennium was presented at the Gallerica Civica d’Arte Contemporanea in Turin between 28th September and 3rd November 1996.
The exhibition was curated by Francesco Bonami and promoted by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte with the assistance and collaboration of the Assessorato per le Risorse Culturali e la Comunicazione of the Piedmont Region and the Turin Chamber of Commerce.
The concept of Campo 6 focused upon the idea of an ideal village in which 16 artists from 10 different countries established a dialogue with regard to their identities and those of the visitors. The exhibition dealt with the notion of art as a medium of communication endowed with a human dimension embedded in our own existence and associated both with personal space and with the global space of our relationship with the outside world: the street, the city, the region, the nation, the world.
These are the names and countries of origin of the artists: Doug Aitken (USA), Maurizio Cattelan (Italy), Dinos and Jake Chapman (United Kingdom), Sarah Ciraci (Italy), Thomas Demand (Germany), Mark Dion (USA), Giuseppe Gabellone (Italy), William Kentridge (South Africa), Tracey Moffatt (Australia), Gabriel Orozco (Mexico), Philippe Parreno (France), Steven Pippin (United Kingdom), Tobias Rehberger (Germany), Sam Taylor Wood (United Kingdom), Pascale Martine Tayou (Cameroon), Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thailand).
Each artist presented a work for exhibition and a project to be realised in the future; these two phases of the exhibition enabled the public to understand both the artist’s present state of creativity and his future plans.
For the opening of Campo 6 on Friday 27th September, two prizes were awarded for the first time. The jury comprised individuals of international standing in the world of art and contemporary culture: Bernhard Burgi, Director of the Kunsthalle in Zurich, Dan Cameron, curator of the New Museum in New York, Kasper König, Director of the Stadelschule in Frankfurt, the artist, Charles Ray and the philosopher, Gianni Vattimo. Together, they assigned the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte Prize for the best work shown at the exhibition and worth $10,000 went to the American artist, Mark Dion. The Regione Piemonte Prize worth the same sum was awarded to the German artist, Tobias Rehberger, whose project would enter the Piedmont Regione’s collections of art. Campo 6 was a travelling exhibition which toured throughout Europe. Its first venue was the prestigious Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht (Netherlands), where it opened on 26th January 1997.
On 22nd April 1997, the Fondazione organised, in conjunction with the Biennale dei Giovani Artisti dell’Europa e del Mediterraneo (‘Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean’) and promoted by the Comune, Provincia and Regione a day-long symposium curated by Flaminio Gualdoni entitled Transiti e contaminazioni nella creatività giovanile at the Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea. The event attracted international figures from the world of culture: Florent Aziosmanoff, multimedia researcher; Giorgio Gaslini, musician; Corrado Levi, architect; Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist; Jaume Plensa, sculptor; Ettore Sottsass jr., architect. This group spoke about a topical subject: contamination, not only among different cultures but also among different disciplines, in a new vision of “soft multimediality” in which the media are the instruments, and authors and users are the real protagonists.
During the month of June, during the XLVII Venice Biennale of Visual Art, the Fondazione exhibited a project curated by Francesco Bonami: “Loco-Motion; Arte Contemporanea ai Confini del Cinema”.
Nine short films were presented by 11 artists from 9 different countries who use cinema as a medium of research at the service of the image, establishing a dialogue between visions which mutually reinforce each other.
These short films were not made by aspiring directors but by artists who see film as a medium in which today more than ever a transformation in the relationship between image and creative language is possible.
Loco-Motion screened films by Tracey Moffat (Australia), Nick Deocampo (Philippines), Sharon Lockhart and T.J. Wilcox (USA), Eija Liisa Ahtila (Finland), Johannes Stjärne Nilsson (Sweden), Roberta Torre (Italy) and the work produced together by Rirkrit Tiravanija (Thailand), Carsten Holler (Germany) and Philippe Parreno (France).
Moreover, a section of Matthew Barney’s new film, “Cremaster 5” was screened for the first time on 18th June at the Portikus Museum in Frankfurt.
Inauguration of Palazzo Re Rebaudengo.
On 27th September, the Fondazione inaugurated a new museum space at Guarene d’Alba.
The refurbishment of the ground floor of the noble quarters of Palazzo Re Rebaudengo has been terminated. Owing to its architectural importance, the palazzo was listed by the Ministero per i Beni Culturali e Ambientali on 22nd December 1993 under law 1089/39. The aim with the palazzo is to bring Italian and international art to an area which is in the process of developing a vocation for tourism and culture to add to its fame for gastronomy and wine-making.
The inauguration on 27th September saw the following events taking place:
Guarene Arte 97 A group exhibition by eight young artists aged less than 30 years from different countries and selected by a number of museum directors and curators. Each artist exhibited a work and one project to be made in the future. An international jury comprising Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist, José Lebrero Stals, Curator of the Museu d’Art Contemporani of Barcelona and Christine Van Assche, Curator of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, assigned the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Prize for the best work on show to the Italian artist, Simone Berti, and the Regione Piemonte Prize for the best project to the Dutch artist, Mark Manders, whose work would enter the region’s collection of art.
As part of the event, the work produced by the German artist, Tobias Rehberger, winner of the 1996 edition of the Regione Piemonte Prize was exhibited. A monograph published by the Fondazione on the artist, Stefano Arienti (winner of the 1996 Rome Qudriennale) was also presented.
What are clouds? Italian notes for a collection. A show devoted to Italian artists from the ’60s onwards was held. It featured works by artists such as Piero Manzoni, Jannis Kounellis, Giulio Paolini, Alighiero Boetti, Stefano Arienti and Maurizio Cattelan.
L.A. Times Art from Los Angeles in the Collezione Re RebaudengoSandretto
On 10 May, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l’Arte inaugurated an exhibition entitled ‘L. A. Times, Art from Los Angeles in the Collezione Re Rebaudengo Sandretto, curated by Francesco Bonami (from May, 10th to September 6th). The exhibition was held in conjunction with the exhibition “Sunshine & Noir. Art at Los Angeles 1960 – 1997” (Castello di Rivoli, 9 May – 23 August). The group of works on show were acquired for the Collection from the start of the ’90s onwards by Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and presented an itinerary through the artistic landscape of a metropolis like Los Angeles, starting with now historic figures in Californian art (such as Jim Jsermann, Larry Johnson, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Jennifer Pastor, Tony Oursler, Raymond Pettibon, Lari Pittman, Charles Ray and Jeffrey Vallance) to arrive at the younger generations of artists with works by Doug Aitken, Julie Becker, Jennifer Bornstein, Kevin Hanley, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie and Jason Rhoades. More than 40 works were on show, including videos, installations, photographs, sculptures and paintings.
Together with the exhibition L.A.Times, workshops for children were organized in an attempt to bring children closer to contemporary art. Bambini alla scoperta dell’arte contemporanea attracted children aged 6 to 12 giving them the chance to see, understand and play with art with the guidance of specialized operators in the field of art didactics.
Guarene Arte 98
On September 26th 1998, the Foundation inaugurated the exhibition Guarene Arte 98.
As in the previous year, eight curators and international critics selected a group of young artists who exhibited each a work and a project to be made in the future:
Andrea Bowers (USA), Mutlu Çerkez (Australia), Zheng Guogu (China), Boris Ondreicka (East Europe), Paola Pivi (Italy), Tracey Rose (South Africa), Bojan Sarcevic (France), Cristián Silva (Chile).
The jury comprised Alberto Garutti (artist and professor of the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera), Rosa Martínez (curator of the Caixa in Barcelona and of the 1997 Istanbul Biennial) and Jerry Saltz (writer and critic in New York) and assigned the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Prize for the best work in show to the South African artist Tracey Rose, and the Regione Piemonte Prize for the best project that will be later realized to the Chilean artist Cristián Silva.
Along with Guarene Arte 98, the Foundation inaugurated ZONE, an updating of the acquisitions of the Collection. ZONE aims to be an annual appointment which, in tandem with the exhibitions curated by the Foundation, offers a latest look at the acquisition policy adopted by the Collezione Re Rebaudengo Sandretto in recent times.
ZONE presented 12 works by young artists who are the most committed to research into the language of contemporary art:
Matthew Barney, Thomas Demand, Anna Gaskel, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Lothar Hempel, Damien Hirst, Kcho, Sarah Lucas, Gabriel Orozco, Massimo Vitali, Rachel Whiteread.
BRUNO ZANICHELLI. Retrospective exhibition.
From 10 April to 30 May 1999 the Foundation organized in Guarene d’Alba a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Bruno Zanichelli, artist from Turin who died at a very young age. He was one of the most outstanding Italian artist of the Eighties, whose artistic practice consisted in ironically merging together high cultural elements with low ones – from comic strips to illustration, to advertising.
The retrospective exhibition, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni, included about 80 paintings and artworks on paper so as to document the whole artistic itinerary of the artist. The exhibition catalogue offers for the first time the artist’s unpublished writings, for a more complete and personal portrait of the man Bruno Zanichelli.
SOGNI/DREAMS. An a latere event of the Venice Biennial.
On the occasion of the 48. Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, the Venice Biennial of Visual Arts, a book – edited by Francesco Bonami and Hans Ulrich Obrist – had been published to be handed out free in Venice during the press days (9/10/11 June 1999) and the opening day (12 June 1999). The book collects dreams and utopias written by 103 artists and other personalities of the world of art so as to make room for imagination, ideas, and projects for the future.
SOGNI/DREAMS is now on sale both in Italy and abroad (Castelvecchi Arte publisher).
Common People. British art between phenomenon and reality.
On 13 June the Foundation inaugurated in Guarene d’Alba an exhibition devoted to British art and curated by Francesco Bonami (13 June – 12 September 1999).
As for the exhibition British Art (1995), Common People presents works from the Re Rebaudengo Sandretto Collection. It searches for an accurate analysis of the origin, results and heritage of the Young British Artists’ artistic phenomenon and of the euphoric atmosphere that it has left in the British contemporary art culture. Common People doesn’t mean to be a simple and momentary look at the latest British art fashion but an exhibition that looks at what is new through the corner stones of a generation which neither starts nor ends with the Sensation group but which has strong roots in an intellectual quest that begins with Ian Breakwell to continue with Julian Opie, Damien Hirst, Gary Hume, Angela Bulloch, Sarah Lucas, passing through Richard Billingham, Douglas Gordon, Gillian Wearing, Paul Graham, Steve McQueen, Steven Pippin, ending with the presentation of the very new works by Darren Almond, Saul Fletcher, Maria Marshall, Sophy Rickett, David Shrigley, and Christina Mackie.