According to legend, Nostradamus was at the Rivoli Castle in 1562, when Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, made the solemn decision to renovate the building – and give it the spectacular physiognomy that he deemed fit for a Savoy residence. Had the Provençal astrologist been asked to tell the fortune of this royal plan, he likely would have been reluctant to comply.
Indeed, this wonderful building – started no later than the middle of the XII century, according to historical sources – is an unfinished albeit magnificent project, redesigned and altered over and over in time. Notable architects have left their mark on the castle: Ascanio Vittozzi in the XVI century, Carlo and Amedeo di Castellamonte in the XVII, Michelangelo Garove and Filippo Juvarra in the XVIII. Some of their ideas are still progressively being implemented today.
Since 1984, the complex has housed the Rivoli Castle Contemporary Art Museum, with its vast art collection of works from Italy and abroad from the past fifty years. Hall after hall, the castle showcases the widest range of artistic movements: from Arte povera to Transavantgarde, from Land Art to Body Art, and all the way to the most interesting current trends.
The museum’s goal is to look at the future of art. Surely Nostradamus would be in accord.