Artissima announces the recipients of the Fondazione Ettore Fico Priz, Refresh Irinox Prize and Campari Art Prize
Torino, 4 November 2017 – The jury for the 2017 Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize has announced David Douard, presented by Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, as the winner of the contemporary art award given to a young artist taking part in Artissima. For the 9th consecutive year, Artissima continues its collaboration with Fondazione Ettore Fico to present an award that encourages emerging artists with a particular focus on the use of new expressive media through innovative research and creativity. The prize is reinforced with the purchase by Fondazione Ettore Fico of one work from the winning artist’s gallery of reference, which will be included in the collection of MEF – Museo Ettore Fico. (Jury: Renato Alpegiani, collector and advisor to Fondazione Ettore Fico of Torino; Andrea Busto, director of MEF – Museo Ettore Fico of Torino; Simone Menegoi, independent curator; and Letizia Ragaglia, director of the Museion of Bolzano).
The Refresh Irinox Prize for the new Disegni section goes to David Haines, represented at Artissima by Upstream gallery, Amsterdam. The €5,000 prize – realised thanks to a collaboration with Irinox Spa – is awarded to an artist who, through the use of drawing, is able to “reinvent while conserving”, augmenting in a contemporary way the expressive immediacy of a medium that has always represented the most effective path for the transformation of thought into visual form.
The jury (Claire Gilman, chief curator at The Drawing Center in New York; Katharine Stout, deputy director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, curator of Collezione Ramo in Milano) also wanted to recognize the work of two further artists with an honorable mention: Ulla von Brandenburg, represented by Produzentegalerie Hamburg, and to Ferdinand Penker, represented by Daniel Marzona, Berlin, and nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna.
Later today, artist Sári Ember was awarded the first edition of the Campari Art Prize. His work is exhibited by Ani Molnár gallery, Budapest. This contemporary art prize, part of a new, three-year collaboration with Gruppo Campari, is given to an artist under 35, selected from all artists showing work in the seven sections of the fair, and based on his or her research of the evocative power of storytelling, the dimension of communication and the narrative impact of the work (Adam Budak, chief curator, National Gallery of Prague; Carina Plath, deputy director of Sprengel Museum Hannover; and Francesco Stocchi, curator of modern and contemporary art, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam and curator at Fondazione Memmo Roma). Sári Ember will receive a cash award and will have a solo show with a dedicated budget at Galleria Campari, the exhibition space at the Campari headquarters in Sesto San Giovanni (Milano).
For further information about the prize winners and the acquisitions, please see the attached press releases: