Young Curators Residency Programme
Every year since 2007 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo promotes the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino. The project aims to support emerging curatorial practice while spreading knowledge of the Italian art scene on an international level.
Every year Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo promotes the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino. Founded in 2007, the programme consists of an intensive research residency in Italy that has the dual objective of developing the professional and critical skills of the young curators selected, while aiming at spreading knowledge of the Italian art scene on an international level. The residency provides the opportunity for the three selected candidates to get in contact and work with Italian artists, and furthers the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s commitment to the national contemporary art as well as its engagement with emerging curatorial practice. The in-depth research process, which sees the curators visiting over 200 artists’ studios, museums and art institutions across Italy under the guidance of a reference Italian curator, culminates in an exhibition curated with the support of the team of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
The selection of participants takes place in collaboration with the most renowned international programs for curators: Royal College of Art, London; Graduate Program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; Curatorial Program, De Appel, Amsterdam; CuratorLab, Konstfack University of Arts, Stockholm; Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; MFA Curating, Goldsmiths University of London; MA Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, San Francisco; MAS/CAS Curating, Zurich University of the Arts. Participants are pre-selected following the indications of the directors of the courses involved, while the final selection is made by an international jury following an interview with each candidate, based on a motivational letter, curriculum vitae, portfolio of previously realised projects, published or recently edited texts. Among the others, Andrea Viliani, Chus Martínez, Mark Rappolt, Pierre Bal Blanc, Stefan Kalmár, Beatrix Ruf, Ralph Rugoff were part of the international jury.
The preparation of the exhibition in the spaces of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is preceded by the study of bibliographic material, meetings with artists, curators, gallery owners, collectors and museum directors through trips and visits to the most important cultural production centres of Turin, Milan, Venice, Bolzano, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Palermo. The research of the Italian art scene and the definition of the exhibition project are pursued under the guidance of an Italian curator. Since 2007, the Italian curators responsible of the Young Curators Residency Programme have been: Francesco Manacorda, Ilaria Bonacossa, Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Gaia Tedone, Lorenzo Balbi and Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti (since the 2018 edition).
The Young Curators Residency programme is a unique example in Italy and a renowned project internationally, thanks to the quality of the training provided and the outstanding practice pursued by the alumnae and alumni who, in many cases, hold prominent positions in museums and institutions. Among the curators who took part in the past editions: Kate Strain (Artistic Director, Grazer Kunstverein), Chris Fitzpatrick (Director, Kunstverein München), Pavel S. Pyś (Curator, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis), João Laia (Head Curator, Museo di Arte Contemporanea Kiasma, Helsinki) Kim Nguyen (Curator, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco), Inti Guerrero (Artistic Director, Bellas Artes Projects, Makati).
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