Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Collector and networker and founder of Turin's Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Collectors’ foundations are ten-a-penny now, but they weren’t when Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo founded hers during the mid-1990s, after a whirlwind introduction to contemporary art several years earlier. She continues to think ahead: her Turin space – ‘more kunsthalle than museum’, she told ArtReview last year – shows an admirable dedication to the risky and the new. She hasn’t shied away from confrontational political art (eg Thomas Hirschhorn), and she supports young artists – this year’s shows at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo included Magali Reus, Adrián Villar Rojas and Ed Atkins, and she’s a strong facilitator of artist commissions – and hosts a residency programme for young curators. Meanwhile, as a patron, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo is networked to the hilt: she sits on the international councils of MoMA and Tate, among others.