Rivoli’s castle: from castle to contemporary art museum


Starting from 1718, Filippo Juvarra decided to build a new palatial residence for the Savoy, but this time he was looking for a different location. He opted for the site where once there was the Rivoli’s ancient medieval castle, whose works were interrupted due to the Napoleonic wars. stronghold were brusquely interrupted by the advent of the Napoleonic wars.
Until 1984, the castle was only a symbol of defeat, then it has been transformed in one of the most interesting museums of contemporary art in Italy. The man responsible for the project, Andrea Bruno, decided to maintain the structure of the building, even if it was incomplete. He also wanted to create a contrast between the old and the new elements, by using modern structures and materials, such as the walkway which traverses the 18th century vault.

There are 38 rooms in the museum, and the exhibition space reached now the 7000sqm, since the second nucleus of the castle, the so-called Manica Lunga, was added into the project.
It is a 140m long, 7m wide gallery which was built to house the private collections of Carlo Emanuele I.

The annexing of this new space, had to host the organic elements of the permanent exhibition. In fact, it is divided into a series of monographic rooms, each one dedicated to an artist.
The other part of the museum hosts the temporary exhibitions, the very equipped library, a videotheque, and some big conference rooms which can be rented for meetings, lectures and activities. A very innovatine way to combine art and culture.

Located next to the  Manica Lunga museum, there is the famous Combal Zero restaurant, which offers to the clients a very tasteful meal as well as some of the best Piedmontese wine.