Castello di Rivoli
The Castello di Rivoli (Rivoli Castle) is a museum of contemporary art located in Rivoli, near Turin.
Above: an exterior view of the Castello di Rivoli art center; photo Guilhem Vellut (CC BY 2.0).
The museum is housed in a former residence of the Savoy royal family, originally built in the 11th century and subsequently enlarged in the 17th century on a project by Filippo Juvarra; the castle was severely damaged during World War II and, after a major restoration, re-opened as a contemporary art center in 1984.
The Castello di Rivoli features an important permanent collection primarily focused on movements such as the Arte Povera, the Transavanguardia, Minimal, Body, and Land Art as well as on the most recent trends of international art and also includes artworks specifically made for the museum.
Along with the main collection, the Castello di Rivoli has also a prominent selection of video art, with works also by Bill Viola, Nam June Paik, Vanessa Beecroft, Vito Acconci, Shigeko Kubota, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist, and Joseph Beuys. The museum complex also includes the Museum of Advertising, with over 2,000 pieces and a media library, dedicated to advertising as an expressive means as well as its influence on modern society. The museum also hosts art-related temporary exhibitions and organizes guided tours and learning activities for adults and children. The Castle of Rivoli complex houses a cafe, a shop, and a 180-seat restaurant.
Maurizio Cattelan, Novecento, (1997), Castello di Rivoli; photo Ralf Steinberger (CC BY 2.0)
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