Venice, 4th June 2011 – With the enthusiasm and quality that make it special in the contemporary art field, the Arte Laguna Prize inaugurates its sixth edition in the glamour setting of the Terrazza Paradiso in the Giardini of Biennale.
During the exclusive event Arte Laguna announces also the winner of the art residence that will take place in autumn at Claudio Buziol Foundation, in the completely renovated spaces of San Gregorio Abbey in Venice. The winner is the Austrian artist Kurt Hoerbst with an innovative project of human mapping of the city entitled Venetians Scan.
The project, chosen among over 500 participants, gives a new vision of Venice and of the people who live there, but most of all, revolutionizes the classical idea of portrait, inaugurating a new epoch with urban and sociological aspects.
Born in 2006 from the collaboration between the cultural association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art) and Arte Laguna, the Prize, over its five editions, has lived a structural evolution, becoming an established international prize supporting contemporary art talents and one of the most important events of the contemporary art scene. Over 15,000 international artists exhibited their artworks thanks to Arte Laguna and many of them now have a great career.
After about two months from the end of the important collective exhibition at the Arsenale of Venice, today, in the first stirring days of the 54th Art Biennale, opens the new application period for artists coming from all over the world.
The Prize has obtained a medal by the Italian Head of State and the patronage of, among others, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the European Institute of Design.
This year, the total value of the awards - money prizes and special prizes - is 150,000 euros with the ambitious objective to make it grow in the next months by new special prizes and collaborations.
The Prize maintains the free theme and the five sections: painting, sculpture, photographic art, videoart and performing art.
As usual, the international Jury, chaired by the Art Critic Igor Zanti, has been almost completely renewed, the members are: Alessio Antoniolli - Director Gasworks of London, Chiara Barbieri - Publications Director Collection Peggy Guggenheim, Gabriella Belli - Director MART Rovereto, modern and contemporary art museum of Trento and Rovereto, Ilaria Bonacossa - Freelance Curator, Soledad Gutierrez - Curator MACBA contemporary art museum of Barcelona, Kanchi Mehta - Curator Indian Pavillion Prague Biennale, Ludovico Pratesi - Director Centro Arti Visive Pescheria of Pesaro, Maria Savarese - Freelance Curator, Ralf Schmitt - Director Preview Berlin, emerging art fair, Alma Zevi - Art Critic.
Important collaborations are reconfirmed such as the international art galleries circuit, Tina B Festival of Prague, Open of Venice, art residences offered by Carlo Zauli Museum of Faenza, Glass school Abate Zanetti of Venice and the Slovenian Festival Art Stays. But there are also new entries like iaab of Basel that will host a five-month residence in 2012 and STILE original design of Brescia that, along with offering a money prize will develop an art project with the selected artist.
These new partners and collaborations enrich Arte Laguna’s borderless network which has been developed and reinforced edition after edition. Moreover, it shows once more Arte Laguna’s attention to various aspects: the connection with the art market, the production of new works, the relation to business and companies.
The collective exhibition in a prestigious venue in Venice and the bilingual publication will gather the artworks of the 110 finalist artists, mapping as much as possible the plurality of contemporary art expressions.
The application period will close on 11th November 2011.
Further information and the regulation are available on www.artelagunaprize.com