Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Director of Castello di Rivoli

When Christov-Bakargiev was announced as the director of both the Castello di Rivoli and GAM in 2016, raised eyebrows indicated doubts that even this highly accomplished curator (Documenta 2012, Istanbul Biennial 2015) could take on the two Turin institutions at once. This year, however, she relinquished the reins of GAM to concentrate her energy on the one museum. There she commissioned a new work by Hito Steyerl – the artist’s first in two years – as part of a solo show by the German artist, as well as exhibitions by Gilberto Zorio and Cécile B. Evans. Yet the most pressing task is the incorporation of the $570m collection of Francesco Federico Cerruti that the museum was bequeathed on long-term loan – along with the reclusive collector’s villa – upon his death in 2015. Christov-Bakargiev’s restless energy paid off: in October CCS Bard gave her its $25,000 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence.