Castello di Rivoli 2019
English translation of the collection catalogue by Scriptum
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea is the world’s first contemporary art museum to incorporate an encyclopaedic collection of the art of the past. In July 2017, our Museum signed an important agreement with the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte to safeguard, research, enhance, and display the extraordinary, yet virtually unknown, Cerruti Collection.
For the first time, it’s possible for the public to discover the priceless legacy of Francesco Federico Cerruti a secretive and reserved entrepreneur and passionate collector who passed away in 2015 at the age of 93. From the 1950s until his death in 2015, Francesco Federico Cerruti collected some 300 works of sculpture and painting, ranging from the Middle Ages to today, plus approximately 200 rare and ancient books with exquisite book bindings, and over 300 furnishings including carpets and desks by renowned cabinet makers. Cerruti assembled a primarily European collection – very strong in Italian art – that provides a journey into the history of art, from furniture to historic art, from the Renaissance to today. Castello di Rivoli is the first museum of contemporary art in the world that, thanks to this agreement, integrates the art of the past into the heart of a contemporary institution.