Award Ceremony – Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012

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Friday March 30 – h. 17.00 – 19.00 (guided tour) – h.19.00 (award ceremony)

MAXXI – Via Guido Reni 4/a – Rome

The reflection on water of the landscape outside MAXXI, a video installation that deals with unfinished masterpieces of music and architecture, a video installation recounting the mystery of ritual and a fluid environment composed of images, sound and forms in movement: the four works conceived for the museum space by the finalists of the 2012 edition of the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012: Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Patrizio Di Massimo, Adrian Paci and Luca Trevisani.

“The exhibition of this the second edition of the Italian Contemporary Art Prize”, says Anna Mattirolo, Director of MAXXI Arte, “provides further confirmation of the truly fascinating period in which we are living that places us before a particularly lively, sensitive and mature generation of artists capable of producing work of great quality. The works by Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Patrizio Di Massimo, Adrian Paci and Luca Trevisani fully meet our expectations, not only in terms of the development of the themes identified by each artist, but also thanks to their ability to tackle a space such as that at MAXXI which is as important as it is stimulating. Moreover, these considerations reinforce our commitment to supporting contemporary Italian art, also considering that thanks to this prize the museum has the opportunity to produce and acquire works by the latest generations of Italian artists.”

The Italian Contemporary Prize was created to promote and support the contemporary art scene and to support a new generation of Italian artists. Now in its second edition, the prize represents a platform for critical discussion but also an important opportunity to expand the museum’s collection with works conceived specifically for its spaces.

On the occasion of the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2012, the finalists will be presenting four site- specific installations that tackle broad themes such as landscape and the transformation of the city (Giorgio Andreotta  Calò),  history  as  a  model  of  national  identity  (Patrizio  Di  Massimo),  ritual  as  a  moment  of recognition among individuals (Adrian Paci) and the material and perfection of objects (Luca Trevisani).

The exhibition opens along the access ramp leading to Gallery 5 with Adrian Paci’s video The Visitors: distant places, faces with faded oytilnes, the gesture of shaking hands repeated by numerous people are immortalized on four rear projection screens. The exhibition continues with Turandiade Buzziana, the video by  Patrizio  Di  Massimo  that  presents  a  dialogue  between  two  unfinished  Italian  masterpieces:  the Scarzuola,  an  architectural  complex  designed  by  Tommaso  Buzzi  at  Montegiove,  Terni,  and  Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot.  Il dentro del fuori del dentro by Luca Trevisani, is instead an environmental installation composed of a video projection and sculptures of eggs filled with plaster that reflects on the perfection of objects and the alternation of solid and void. Lastly, in front of the great Gallery 5 window, Giorgio Andreotta Calò with Before Night Falls presents a space both physical and mental in which the image of the city beyond the MAXXI confines is brought in, overturned and reflected in water thanks to the use of stenopeic photographic techniques (and therefore only visible during the hours of daylight).

Along the exhibition route, a kind of wunderkammern, a room of marvels, brings together in display cases and on the walls the various elements that have contributed to the creative process and the realisation of each work. In the adjacent reading room, a selection of catalogues and magazines allows the work of the four artists to be explored.

The ceremony will be broadcasted in streaming in and

Image above: Patrizio di Massimo, Una Turandiade Buzziana (in forma di note), 2011

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Giorgio Andreotta Calò

Prima che sia notte, 2011 – 2012

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Luca Trevisani

Il dentro del fuori del dentro, 2012

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Adrian Paci

The Visitors, 2011