Ancient history, old masters, contemporary art, cinema, cars? Whatever your interests, the museums and galleries of Turin have something to offer you. Here is a hit list of the 10 top galleries and museums on your visit.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Established in 1995 by major patron and Art Review Power 100 regular Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, the foundation supports young Italian and international artists with particular focus on commissions and the production of new work. The museum space in Turin is at the centre of the foundation’s activities and is one of the premier destinations to view experimental contemporary art in the city. Artists on view have included Isa Genzken, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Gerhard Richter. If you have time to explore beyond Turin, you can also visit Palazzo Re Rebaudengo in Guarene d’Alba, an 18th-century manor on the Roero hills.
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, via Modane, 16, Turin +39 011 379 7600
GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Founded between 1891 and 1895, GAM was the first civic museum of modern art in Italy. Recently, the permanent collection display has been reorganised, moving away from the traditional thematic structure to focus on the history of the gallery. The new presentation tells the story of modern art through the gallery’s landmark acquisitions, directors and cultural policies. This style of exhibition generates another strand of art historical insight for visitors (taste, politics, anecdote), in particular the role of Turin in Europe’s art history narrative. GAM’s roster of temporary exhibitions is also very impressive, including both blockbuster shows and special interest displays. For example, ‘TRUE LOVE. Italian Pop Art from the GAM collections’ and ‘1959–1962: Japin in Turin’.
Accorsi-Ometto: Museo di Arti Decorative
The Accorsi-Ometto museum has the title of first-ever decorative arts museum in Italy and is housed in a 17th-century historical palace on Via Po, which was designed by an architect of the Savoy court. The museum originated from the legacy left by renowned Turin antique dealer Pietro Accorsi (1891–1982) and the interior reflects his personal taste. The result is a maximalist menagerie of ornate interior design and crafts from the 18th and 19th centuries, including an original kitchen. This is is one Turin’s lesser known museums, but its niche approach offers a more intimate historical insight.
Museo Ometto Via Po, 55, Turin +39 011 837688
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