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arsenale venezia   19.12.2013
Opening Saturday March 22, 6:00 pm

Opening Saturday March 22, 6:00 pm

Venice - One of the most anticipated events of international and emerging contemporary art returns: from March 23rd to April 6th, the Arsenal of Venice hosts the works by the 110 finalists of the 8th Arte Laguna Prize. During the opening night of Saturday, March 22nd, at Tese di San Cristoforo, the winners will be announced and awarded the special prizes: 180,000 Euros is the total amount of the prizes that will be awarded this year. The 5 winners - one for each category in the competition: painting, sculpture and installation, video and performance, photographic art, digital and virtual art - will win a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each.

Several innovations have been introduced for the special awards: "Innovative Interactive Tour on Telecom Italia's Future Centre": this year sees the strengthening of the relationship with the Telecom Italia Future Centre, which in addition to exhibiting the finalists from the virtual art section, is going to award 5,000 Euros for the implementation of a project for the innovative tourist use of its spaces.

"Artist in Residence": it has always been the strong point of the Arte Laguna Prize, and this year the art residencies become 6, through the addition of two new partners. Next to the Glass School Abate Zanetti of Murano, the Slovenian festival Art Stays, the marble company Miramarmi of Vicenza and the residency in Mumbai, the new entries are the historic Artistic Foundry Battaglia of Milan and the collaboration with the city of Nuremberg that features a cultural exchange between Venetian and German artists.

"Business for Art": Riva 1920,a renown furniture company based in Cantù, enters the network of Arte Laguna. Through the Arte Laguna Prize artists are invited to submit their ideas for the creation of an object in Venetian briccola wood. The item will be presented at Salone del Mobile in Milan in April 2014.

"Artist in Gallery": the 8th Arte Laguna Prize inaugurates a new form of collaboration with the galleries. No longer 20, but 4, carefully selected and exclusively international galleries: ART re.FLEX in St. Petersburg, Galerie Charlot in Paris, Carlos Carvalho in Lisbon, Exhibit320 in New Delhi. The galleries will choose the artist with whom they will set up an exhibition to be accompanied by a grant of 500 Euros and a catalogue.

Besides, during the summer of 2014, the ten finalist art videos will be screened in Beijing, in collaboration with Art Nova 100, and one work from the sculpture and installation section will be exhibited at Venice Lido, during the Venice Film Festival, within the event Open 2014.

Another special selection of young artists under 25 will be on view at the Romanian Institute of Venice.

Arte Laguna Prize, which in 2010 received the medal of recognition from the President of the Italian Republic, enjoys the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Veneto Region, IED the European Institute of Design, IUAV and Ca' Foscari University.
The 110 finalists have been chosen by an international jury including directors of museums and foundations, independent curators, and chaired by Igor Zanti, Director of IED Venice and Curator: Enrico Bettinello, Italy, Director of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove; Silvia Ferri de Lazara, Italy, Director of Fondazione March; Victoria Lu, China, Creative Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Taiwan, Domenico Quaranta, Italy, Critic and Curator; Veeranganakumari Solanki, India, Independent Curator and Art Writer; Miguel Amado, Portugal, Curator of the Portuguese Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; Sabrina Van Der Ley, Norway, Director of Contemporary Art at the Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo; Andrea Viliani, Italy, Director of Museum MADRE in Naples; Jonathan Watkins, Great Britain, Director of Ikon Gallery; Claudia Zanfi, Italy, Art Historian and Cultural Manager.


2006 founding of the Arte Laguna Prize, an international competition devoted to the visual arts, every year an expression of the contemporary Zeitgeist. It offers real opportunities for talents, it promotes and disseminates contemporary art. The brainchild of Arte Laguna studio and organized by the Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), it features

8 editions produced so far

5 sections in which the participants' works are divided: painting, sculpture and installation, video art and performance, photographic art, digital and virtual art

870 works exhibited in 8 editions

112 countries of origin of the artists

51 international jurors, including directors of museums and foundations, independent curators and art critics

14 languages in which the notice has been translated in order to spread throughout the web

54 international galleries with which the Prize has established direct relationships

24 art residencies organized in Italy and abroad

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