The Castello di Rivoli as you’ve never seen it before — a vaccination centre

From the spring, one of the top international contemporary art museums is set to become the first cultural venue in Italy to be used as a public vaccination centre. With climate control, security, timed entry and 10,000 square feet available — perfect for social distancing — the third floor of the Castello di Rivoli is an ideal location.

Once permitted to reopen after lockdown, the Turin museum’s first and second floors will continue with the public exhibition programme featuring Anne Imhof’s “Sex” and a group expressionist exhibition, whilst the third floor is reserved for vaccination. Art will still be an element of the third floor, however, as Swiss artist Claudia Comte is making an audio work for those queuing to receive their vaccine, alongside the installation of her murals.


“Art has always helped, healed and cured—indeed some of the first museums in the world were hospitals,” Christov-Bakargiev, museum director, said in a statement. “Our buildings can continue to serve this purpose and fulfil our mission: arte cura—art helps.”