Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012

  • Premio Italia
    27 January – 20 May 2012
    extended until 17 June
    curated by Giulia Ferracci, MAXXI Arte

    Gallery 5

    The Italian Contemporary Prize, now in its second year, was created to support and promote the most recent developments on the contemporary art scene and the latest generation of Italian artists within the local and international contexts. Furthermore, the prize represents an important opportunity for the expansion of the museum's collection, which is also enhanced through the acquisition of specially commissioned and produced works. On the occasion of the Italian Contemporary Prize 2012 the four finalists – Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Patrizio di Massimo, Adrian Paci and Luca Trevisani – will each be presenting a work conceived specifically for the museum spaces, works that reflect on themes of great currency such as the landscape and the transfiguration of the city, history as a model of national identity, ritual as a moment of recognition among individuals and material and the perfection of objects. The winner, who will be named a few weeks from the closing of the exhibition, will be the subject of a monographic catalogue of his entire oeuvre.

    Motivation of the jury: Giorgio Andreotta Calò wins “for the synthesis between individual experience and the ties with the architectural space and the urban space provoked by his work. The work reactivates the museum’s relationship with the city and, in the case of MAXXI in particular, absorbs the image of the city within itself as a metaphor for the reciprocal relationship of responsibility between the institution and the nation.”

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  • Premio Italia
    27 January – 17 June 2012
    curated by Giulia Ferracci, MAXXI Arte
    Gallery 5

    Giorgio Andreotta Calò
    Venice, 1979 – lives and works in Amsterdam
    He was proposed by Chiara Parisi, director of the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Ile de Vassivière, France) and has been chosen because “through his sculptures, installations and videos he has created works that stand between poetry and politics, with very strong ties to the issues of the landscape and the problem of illegal immigration (…). His works testify to a way of tackling the reality of city suburbs and the desolation of certain natural environments that highlight the insupportable social and psychological solitude of the human spirit in the context of our time.”

    Patrizio Massimo
    Jesi, 1983 – lives and works in Amsterdam He was selected by Francesco Manacorda, Artistic Director of Tate Liverpool, and has been included among the finalists because “he is unique in Italy for his ability to combine telling criticism of the historiography of our country with innovative linguistic experimentation (…). In analysing the historical facts of Italian colonialism, the artist is in reality talking about our historic present and national identity, developing a strand of aesthetic and socio-political research into the propagandistic role of the “return to order” of the avant-gardes during periods of conservatism.”

    Adrian Paci
    Shkoder, Albania, 1969 – lives and works in Milan
    He was presented by the independent curator Cristiana Perrella and has been selected for his interesting approach to the issues at the heart of his work: the experience of emigration, nomadism, identity and the relationship between the private and the collective dimension. “His works range from sculpture to photography, from video to installation, with an uncommon iconic capacity. His art is impregnated with the poetic force of memory and distance, the sense of solitude and the desire felt for that which one has been obliged to leave behind. Paci forces us to think about what it means for each of us to belong to a context, about our relationship with our roots (…).

    Luca Trevisani
    Verona, 1979 – lives and works in Berlin and Italy
    He was presented by Andrea Bruciati, artistic director of the Galleria comunale d’arte di Monfalcone, and has been selected for his works that frequently “involve long and complex processes of research and concern the issue of the collective, investigating the spaces and dynamics of sharing (…).” Faced with his works, the spectator perceives an evocative and suspended frequency in which material physicality and allusion are the two instruments the artist uses to render concrete his visions, in an attempt to bring an ordered world to the point of collapse.


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  • Premio Italia
    27 January – 17 June 2012
    curated by Giulia Ferracci, MAXXI Arte
    Gallery 5

    The jury composed of Elena Filipovic curator at the WIELS Contemporary Art Center (Brussels), Udo Kittelmann, director of the Staatliche Museen (Berlin), Anna Mattirolo, director of MAXXI Arte, Jessica Morgan, The Daskalopoulos Curator at Tate Modern (London) and the artist Luigi Ontani, has selected the four finalists from a short list of artists born or resident in Italy and who are under 45 years of age. The candidates were proposed by Italian selectors from major contemporary institutions: Lorenzo Benedetti, director of the Vleeshal Art Centre (Middelburg, the Netherlands) Andrea Bruciati, artistic director of the Galleria comunale d’arte di Monfalcone Irene Calderoni, from the curators department of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) Mario Codognato curator at the Museo MADRE (Naples) Francesco Manacorda, director of Artissima (Turin) Chiara Parisi, director of the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Ile de Vassivière, France) Cristiana Perrella, independent curator Alessandro Rabottini, curator at GAMEC-Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Bergamo).
    The work of the jury has been coordinated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.

    In the January of 2012, MAXXI will be devoting an exhibition to the four finalists with works produced for the occasion by the museum. On the basis of the works created, the jury will elect a winner. This work will enter the MAXXI permanent collection and the artist and his oeuvre will be the object of a monographic catalogue.

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