From Turin to Rochdale, nearly half a century of work by game-changing, female artists drawn from the collection of world-renowned collector and philanthropist, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
This will be a timely and ideologically-charged exhibition at Touchstones Rochdale, Greater Manchester, which will be available between Sat 28 Jul – Sat 29 Sep 2018.
Displaying many, era-defining works by artists including Gillian Wearing, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson in sight of artefacts from the gallery’s social history collection. Powerful pairings connect the ideas woven through each artwork with poignant echoes of gender inequality, objectification of the female body, inspirational challenges to patriarchal norms and Rochdale’s own radical, feminist past.
Gaining prominence in the male-dominated environment of art collecting and patronage, Italian collector, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s vision for the development of the contemporary visual arts is internationally recognized. With over 1,500 contemporary works of art and 3,000 historic photographs collected during a journey that began in 1992 and has resulted in the opening of two, international foundations.
Furthering artistic education and developing commissioning and exhibition opportunities for emerging artists in each country, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo was founded in Patrizia’s home city of Turin in 1995, which will be followed by the opening of Fundación Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Madrid in 2019.
Each complimentary item drawn from Touchstones Rochdale’s own, rich art and social history collection brings the themes contained within the selected works vividly to life, treading between the pasts disturbing truths, injustices, outdated societal concepts and commemorates the lives of inspirational women.
A total of 33 works from the collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo make the journey to Rochdale for the exhibition, held as part of Touchstone’s progressive and challenging, two-year Contemporary Forward programme.
HERSTORY: Women Artists from the Collection of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
Sat 28 Jul – Sat 29 Sep 2018
Contemporary Forward, Touchstones Gallery Rochdale
Touchstones, The Esplanade, Rochdale OL16 1AQ