In recent years, the Piedmont and Turin in particular, has become a very important reference for Italian and international contemporary art. Museums, galleries and foundations have significant collections of Italian and international artists. The diligent organization of meetings and events make it special and stimulating the cultural climate of this region.
Turin is home to numerous museums of contemporary art . To visit are the GAM - Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, with its permanent collection of over 20,000 works, the most important in Italy, which offers an overview that ranges from 800 Italian artists (Canova, Fattori, Fontanesi and others) to the currents of the art of 900 (with famous works such as "The Redheads" of Modigliani or "Abstraction with brown Burlap" of butter). The Museum of Contemporary Art - Castello di Rivoli, established in 1984, offers an interesting contrast between the old Savoy residence designed by Filippo Juvarra and restored to the Piedmont Region by Andrea Bruno, and the works of contemporary artists such as Pistoletto, Paolini, Merz, Sol Lewitt, Long, Fabro, Kounellis and others. L 'Accademia Albertina, founded in the seventeenth century, is now under active teaching of the arts and exhibitions. A Magliano MACAM find the Museum of Contemporary Art outside with a permanent exhibition of 170 works, while each September are proposed and implemented new projects.
Important cultural institutions are the foundations for contemporary art: the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, near the avenue Spina, with its collection of works contemporary and lively activities of exhibitions, seminars and conferences, Fondazione Merz, which houses the works, the archive and projects by Mario Merz, the spiritual father of the poor art, art movement born in the twentieth century between Turin and Rome and the Pistoletto Foundation, founded in 1998 in the former wool mill Trombetta (BI) as an idea by Michelangelo Pistoletto, artist of the founders of Arte Povera. I
Then there are the tunnels, with their activities, through the promotion of new talent and their launch on the international market, have been the link between Turin and the world. An example is the case of Gian Marco Speroni, but also Paludetto, Pistoi, Tazzoli and others.
Turin also organizes many events with contemporary art. For example Artissima, the Lingotto , The market exhibition of contemporary art, most important in Italy, and New Arrivals, an exhibition dedicated to previews of artists Piedmont beginners.
But contemporary art has its place also outside of museums and galleries, enter into everyday life, redesigns and enhances the urban spaces that each day is through. The project, already partly built, the avenue plug in Turin exposes interventions eleven great artists contemporaries: Walter Pichler, Giovanni Anselmo, Luigi Mainolfi, Giulio Paolini, Ulrich Rückriem, Gilberto Zorio, Per Kirkeby, Mario Merz, Giuseppe Penone, Jannis Kounellis and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Another example is the project by Rudi Fuchs, Artecittà, supported by the Fondazione CRT in art, in which eleven artists of international renown - Anselmo, Kounellis, Kirkeby, Mainolfi, Merz, Paolini, Penon, Pichler, Pistoletto, Rückriem, Zorio -- have designed an installation to integrate into the urban space recovery "through-train." Luci d'Artista, an exhibition that brings together open urban spaces to light and color through the works of world famous artists (eg Airò Merz , Borghi, Pistoletto, Horn, Vercruyssen, Paladin) and posters, promoted by galleries in Turin, where artists transform with their posters, decorating the facades of buildings, the image of the city.
But there's only Turin. At Biella's Cittadellarte founded by Michelangelo Pistoletto, in Guarene in eighteenth-century palace of the Town Hall Square is the headquarters of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Rivara's castle is the historic art gallery in the gallery Franz Paludetto .