Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Director of Turin’s expanding public art gallery group

As if heading two of the Turin area’s major institutions, Castello di Rivoli and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, weren’t enough, Christov-Bakargiev recently took on another significant responsibility: incorporating a historical collection into a museum of contemporary art. In July Christov-Bakargiev announced that the collection of the late Francesco Federico Cerruti, now on permanent loan to the Castello, would be placed on display in his nearby villa, to be operated by the Castello as an annexe to the existing contemporary art museum. It is expected to open in 2019. The collection is valued at around €500 million and includes work by Picasso, Pontormo and Modigliani. Meanwhile, besides curating a biennial-sized exhibition ruminating on the subject of colour (with approximately 400 works by 130 artists from the last four centuries) across her two institutions, Christov-Bakargiev continued her professorship at Northwestern University in Chicago and sat on the Artes Mundi prize jury.