Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s collection of contemporary art now numbers over 1,000 pieces. She owns work by John Bock, Damien Hirst, Pawel Althamer, Carsten Höller, Sarah Lucas, Tobias Rehberger, Piotr Uklański, Cerith Wyn Evans, Maurizio Cattelan, Giuseppe Gabellone, Diego Perrone, Paola Pivi, Patrick Tuttofuoco, and others. She is dedicated to working closely with artists and to sharing art with the public. With that mission in mind, she founded Turin’s Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in 1995, just three years after she started collecting. The foundation is dedicated to supporting the work of contemporary artists, promoting the production and exhibition of contemporary art, and putting on exhibitions. She is generous with her loans, even loaning a Jake and Dinos Chapman piece to Sheffield Cathedral in the U.K. Speaking to Blouin Artinfo in 2012, curator Carlos Basualdo said of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: “She’s really one of a kind. It’s hard to find another example of a private collector who is performing so broad a social and cultural function, in Italy and internationally.” Along with 22 other private museums, including that of Budi Tek in China (another collector who has appeared on the ARTnews Top 200), her Turin museum is part of the new Global Private Museum Association, formed in May 2015.

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Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

Turin, Italy

Source of wealth:
Industrial manufacturing, renewable energy, and energy efficiency

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

Top 200 appearance:
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Fun fact:

Sandretto Re Rebaudengo comes from a family of collectors. Her mother collected porcelain. Her father, who owned a plastic-injection company, was less conventional. He collected historical plastic objects, dating back to the late 19th century. His collection is on display at a museum in Pont Canavese.