MAXXI Award 2016
Aiming at supporting the growth of Italian younger generation of artists, MAXXI Award celebrates its 15th anniversary and awards one of the site-specific installations created specifically for the museum on display from 30 September 2016 to 29 January 2017.
The work of the winner, announced in November, will become part of the permanent collection of the MAXXI Museum.
Riccardo Arena, Ludovica Carbotta, Adelita Husni-Bey and Zapruder filmmakergroup are the finalists of this edition and have been selected by an international jury.
The exhibition, curated by Giulia Ferracci, opens with Zeus Machine collective Zapruder filmmakersgroup.
It is a raised golden parallelepiped where the viewer can access and enter. Inside, a video inspired by the "Twelve Labors of Hercules" is projected.
The tour continues with La Luna in Folle by Adelita Husni-Bey, an installation conceived as a television set where the contents of typical programs of TV are staged by local theater companies, while a camera rotates around the structure filming both performers and viewers.
Ludovica Carbotta presents Monowe (the City Museum), the fragment of an imaginary building reflecting the Montello barracks, creating a sort of museum in a museum in a timeless setting.
The tour ends with Orient 1 - Everlasting Sea by Riccardo Arena, exploring an "unknown land", merging the lunar cartography to the Earth one and evokes an atlas without geography. A total of 35 artists who, from 2001 to 2014, took part in the Award. For many it was an important stepping stone, and today have established themselves in the international arena.
The Award was hosted in 2001 in the spaces of the former barracks, the following three editions at the Venice Biennale and from 2010 on at the MAXXI. The Prize is the main core of the museum collection which, since its fourth edition, all work of the participants became part of the collection.