|curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
The prize, reserved for artists born or resident in Italy of up to 45 years of age, derives from the experience with the Young Italian Art Prize and intends to become, from the very first edition, one of the most important institutional contemporary art prizes.
The four finalists – Rosa Barba, Rossella Biscotti, Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio, Piero Golia – were selected by an international jury at MAXXI on 25 March last from among the candidates proposed by nine directors of the leading contemporary art institutions in Italy.
In the autumn MAXXI will devote an exhibition to the finalists with works produced for the occasion by the museum. The jury will elect the winner on the basis of the works produced and the winner’s work will then be placed in the MAXXI’s permanent collection.
The nine directors
Massimo Barbero, MACRO – Rome / Cristiana Collu, MAN – Nuoro / Paolo Falcone, Fondazione Sambuca – Palermo / Massimiliano Gioni, Fondazione Trussardi – Milan / Beatrice Merz, Castello di Rivoli – Turin / Ludovico Pratesi, Centro Arti Visive Pescheria – Pesaro / Letizia Ragaglia, Museion – Bolzano / Annie Ratti, Fondazione Ratti – Como / Andrea Viliani, Fondazione Galleria Civica – Trento
The international jury
Lorenzo Bini Smaghi President, Palazzo Strozzi – Florence / Iwona Blazwick, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery – London / Carolyn Christov Bakargiev Artistic Director, Documenta 13 – Kassel / Anna Mattirolo Director, Maxxi Arte – Roma / Jannis Kounellis artist / Adam Szymczyk Director, Kunsthalle – Basle.
1. Rossella Biscotti
They Shine, 2007
35 mm film, optical sound
2. Rosa Barba
The Undercover Man, 2008
Still from the film
3. Gianluca e Massimiliano De Serio
Animalove , 2009
still da video, HD, 13’
4. Piero Golia
Untitled (lion), 2004
Bronze lion generating a magnetic field 140x100x150 cm
Courtesy Galleria Maze