Cultural Line

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, with its institutional endeavour as a Foundation, keeps its aim to pursue public utilities in cultural fields, in particular in the artistic context and in the study of art and proposes beside the permanent collection a new program of temporary exhibitions from 2007.On September 20th, 2002, the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli opened in a new space designed by the architect Renzo Piano, the five floor structure houses at the top floor “the Scrigno” an extraordinary collection of art dating from between the eighteenth and the twentieth century from Giovanni and Marella Agnelli’s private collection; the other levels host the temporary exhibitions.

Thanks both to Ginevra Elkann, President, and Marcella Pralormo director of the Pinacoteca, the Foundation continues in its objective and, from 2007, puts forward a series of exhibitions and events dedicated to the theme of collecting in order to supply new cues of knowledge, analysis and study to all visitors, from students of all ages and fields to a wider public.

Focusing therefore its attention on different aspects linked to collecting, the Pinacoteca Giovanni and Marella Agnelli wants to reinforce its identity as a private museum opened to the public: a manifestation of the will of its founders.

Ginevra Elkann, Presidente

The objective is to supply new ways of reading works hosted in public and private collections, inducing to reflect not exclusively on their aesthetic quality, but also on the function and the meaning that they have for the collector and the collection to which they belong. Such objectives are consistent with the nature of the Pinacoteca that was created from the will of private collectors to make their private choice public and to transmit joy and passion for art.

La Pista dallo Scrigno

The exhibitions, realized in collaboration with the main Italian and foreign museums, private and public collections, intend to analyze the phenomenon of collecting in all its multiple aspects, both from a chronological and thematic point of view.Different kinds of collections will be showed in order to investigate the taste and personality of a collector.

“A collection – says Ginevra Elkann – often tells a story: the one of passion, love, and obsession. Sometimes it represents an entire life, a search, many adventures, a particular taste or vision. We are committed to look into the different faces of collecting, showing collections of varied natures, significant for their sentimental, historical or esthetical value, which is a chance for us to offer the possibility of knowing through the pleasure of beauty.”

The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, continuing the research on collecting with national and international exhibitions, opened a new reference library dedicated to the theme of collecting in February 2010.

In the spaces of the gallery are organized projects that provide educational workshops and activities for schools of all levels. Every Sunday we are guided tours with emphasis on the temporary exhibition and the artists and works from the permanent collection.