23.01.2013 | ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE AT VENICE ARSENALE

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Venice, 23 January 2013 – The Arsenale of Venice opens its doors, for the fourth consecutive year, to the finalists of the seventh edition of Arte Laguna Prize: from the 17th to the 31st of March at Tese di San Cristoforo, the works of the 105 artists selected for the categories painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance and photographic art are on view.
Other 5 works from the virtual art section are hosted at the Telecom Future Centre, close to the Rialto Bridge. A further special selection of young under-25 artists is on view at the Romanian Institute of Venice, a high-visibility showcase on the way to Saint Mark's Square.

During the opening night, on Saturday March 16th, the five absolute winners will be announced, one for each category, and they will be awarded a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each.
The names of the winners of the special prizes will also be revealed: participation in festivals and exhibitions of national resonance, personal exhibitions at the 21 international galleries that are part of the Prize circuit, the Prize Business for Art featuring the collaboration with companies investing in art, in addition to the 6 art residencies in Venice, Vicenza, Basel, Ptuj (Slovenia), Mumbai and Beijing. The total amount of the prizes is 180,000 Euros.

Arte Laguna Prize, which in 2010 received a medal from the President of the Italian Republic, is carried out with the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, the Municipality of Venice, the European Institute of Design, IUAV and Ca' Foscari University.
The 110 finalists have been chosen among participants from all over the world, by a Jury – headed by Igor Zanti, critic and independent curator – which includes some prominent figures of the international art scene: Umberto Angelini - Director Festival Uovo of Milan; Adam Budak - curator for contemporary art at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington; Gabriella Belli - Director Musei Civici of Venice; Cecilia Freschini - founder of Lab-Yit, platform for contemporary art in China; Mario Gerosa – Senior Editor of AD and curator digital art; Lina Lazaar – contemporary art expert for Sotheby's; Kanchi Mehta – founder and chief curator of Chameleon Art Projects and India Editor for Flash Art; Sabine Schaschl – director and curator of Kunsthaus of Basel; Felix Schöber – independent curator; Claudia Zanfi – art historian and cultural manager.

On the days of the exhibition three days of meeting are scheduled, the Art Talks:
Sunday March 17, Arsenale, 11.30 am: guided tour of the exhibition and debate with jurors and gallerists
Sunday March 24, Telecom Future Centre, 3 pm: meeting on “The new ways of making art and new technologies”
Sunday March 31, Arsenale, 3 pm: meeting on “The reutilization of former industrial areas today”

ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE A CONCRETE OPPORTUNITY
Beatrice Susa, founder of the Prize with Laura Gallon, comments: “The exhibition of finalists, which for many competitions is the finish line, is for us the starting point: it is at the opening that the prizes are awarded and it is from here that the residencies, the gallery exhibitions, the collaborations with companies start to take shape. Arte Laguna Prize is the only contest offering to artists an extremely wide network of opportunities that encompass multiple aspects of the art world”.
Validating Beatrice Susa's words, the answers of the interviewed finalists have come with positive feedback, enthusiasm for the many opportunities offered and for the fact that the Prize follows the artists also after their participation. For many it has been a decisive drive to put themselves to the test in other national and international contests, for others it has been the beginning of participations in international biennials, in other art residencies, in projects collaborating with companies.

ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE IN NUMBERS
2006 creation of Arte Laguna Prize, international contest dedicated to visual arts, offering concrete opportunities to talents and promoting and spreading contemporary art. Created from an idea of studio Arte Laguna and organized by Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), every year it stands out as an interpreter of the contemporary Zeitgeist.
7 the edtions realized so far
5 the sections into which the works of participants are divided: painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance, photographic art, virtual art.
180,000 Euros the total amount of the prizes.
33,000 the works collected during the selections up to now.
105 the countries of origin of artists.
43 the international jurors, among directors of museums and foundations, independent curators and art critics.
15 the languages into which the terms and conditions have been translated in order to spread on the web.
50 the international galleries with which the Prize has direct relationships.

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