Collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo drops plans for new Madrid space in former slaughterhouse

Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo at Matadero, Madrid in 2017 © Benedetta Mascalchi

The Turin-based collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo has abandoned plans to open a branch of her art foundation in Madrids Matadero complex—a former slaughterhouse located in the Arguanzuela district—after the project's architects expressed concerns over “problems” at the early 20th-century site.

Earlier this week in Madrid, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo said: “The feasibility studies carried out by the architects David Adjaye and Arturo Franco led to the conclusion that it was not possible to convert Mataderos Nave 9 into an exhibition space to the [quality] standards we believe are essential for a contemporary art venue. The fundamental reasons are to do with the existing structural problems of the building itself, that cannot be solved.”

She further told The Art Newspaper: “Its a shame; after working on the project for 18 months, we cannot resolve [this problem]. We will definitely find another space in the city, and are in discussions with the mayor and city council about finding another building for our headquarters in Madrid."

The 6,300 sq.m Matadero site would have been double the size of the foundations Centre for Contemporary Art in Turin. The city of Madrid agreed to lease the building for 50 years in exchange for the long-term loan of 100 works from Sandretto Re Rebaudengo's foundation (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo). The foundation was due to foot all refurbishment and running costs.

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