28 September 2015


logo art lagunaTen years after its founding, the Arte Laguna Prize opens a new entry period featuring 16 international partnerships: among them are some notable companies such as Swatch, Thetis SpA, Riva 1920 and a number of renowned Art Foundations like Berengo and Foundry Battaglia.

Promoting contemporary art and providing artists with professional development opportunities are the founding principles of the competition.
The Prize is continuing to combine its roots in Venice, hosting the final exhibition of 120 works, with a look beyond national borders, by creating networks with Taipei, Barcelona, Shanghai, Beijing, St. Petersburg, Paris and many other cities.

The contest is open to artists worldwide with no thematic guidelines or any other restriction, and its goal is to collect the multiple expressions of contemporary art in the fields of painting, photography, sculpture, video art, performance, digital art, and since last year also land art, a new section designed in collaboration with the Venetian engineering company Thetis SpA. The latter is an innovation that makes the competition totally unique at both national and European level.

The works will be evaluated and selected by a jury of international experts including directors of foundations and museums, independent curators, art critics, and chaired by Igor Zanti, curator of the Prize and director of IED Venice. Jurors will also identify the 6 overall winners who will be awarded a cash prize of 7 thousand euro each.
The jury includes: Miguel Amado (Portugal, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art in the UK); Anna Bernardini(Italy, Artistic Director of Collezione Panza); Barbara Boninsegna (Italy, Artistic Director of Centrale Fies – Centre for the performing arts production in Trento); Denis Curti (Italy, Artistic Director of Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice and of the Capri Photography Festival); Enrico Fontanari (Italy, Urban Planner, Professor of Urban and Landscape Design at IUAV University in Venice); Suad Garayeva (Azerbaijan, Curatorial Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Centre’s exhibitions and permanent collection); Vasili Tsereteli (Russia, Executive Director of MMOMA – Moscow Museum of Modern Art); Sabrina Van der Ley(Norway, Director of the Contemporary Art department at the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo); Simone Verde (Italy, Art Historian, Supervisor of scientific research and publications at the French agency France-Muséums, in charge of the creation of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre); Bettina von Dziembowski (Germany, Director of the Springhornhof Foundation & Art Association in Neuenkirchen).

The finalists exhibition will take place in March 2016 in the prestigious venue of the Arsenale in Venice, hosting the main group show, and at the Telecom Italia Future Centre, accommodating the selection of digital works, the expression of art through new technologies.

The opportunities for artists:
The real strength and distinctive element of the competition are the “Business for Art” prizes in collaboration with the excellence of Made in Italy. This year sees the introduction of Deglupta, a Venetian company that makes leather accessories painted by artists, and the presence for the third year of Riva 1920, a historic furniture company based in Cantù, which reuses Venetian “briccola” wood to create innovative furniture and design items.

Seven residency programs at foundations and art centers: The Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, Basu Foundation for the Arts in Calcutta, Espronceda in Barcelona, Taipei Artist Village, Artistic Serigraphy Fallani in Venice, Berengo Foundation in Murano, Artistic Foundry Battaglia in Milan.

Organization of four solo exhibitions including setting-up, transportation fees, publication of a digital catalogue at: Gaia Gallery, Istanbul; Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg; Galeria Fernando Santos, Porto; ART re.FLEX Gallery, St. Petersburg.

Selection of 12 artists to participate in collective events: in Slovenia at the Art Stays Festival, in Beijing with the events organized by Art Nova 100, and in Venice at the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations – Open.

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