curated by Giulia Ferracci
A great gilded monolith, a televisual carousel, an overlaying of architectures and a cosmic landscape: the site-specific installations of the finalists of the Premio MAXXI 2016 – Riccardo Arena, Ludovica Carbotta, Adelita Husni-Bey and ZAPRUDER filmmakergroup – on the basis of which an international jury, composed by Hou Hanru, Adelina von Fürstenberg, Matteo Garrone, Francesco Manacorda, Anna Mattirolo e Elena Kontova, will chose the winner of this edition.
The work of the winning artist will subsequently be acquired as a valuable part of the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition will begin with the film Zeus Machine by Zapruder, , inspired by the Twelve Labours of Hercules, reflects on the identity of modern society through the reinterpretation of the legend. It then continues with La Luna in Folle by Adelita Husni–Bey, an installation conceived as a television set in which the contents of some of the best-known programmes are reworked by local theatrical companies. Ludovica Carbotta presents Monowe (the City Museum) a fragment of an imaginary building, a museum within the museum, in which fiction and reality are combined in an atemporal scenario. The exposition then concludes with Orient 1 — Everlasting Sea by Riccardo Arena, , an atlas without geography that explores a “terra incognita”, combining as mirror images the lunar and terrestrial cartographies, overturning distances and landscapes.
The winner of the eighth edition of the Premio MAXXI is the collective ZAPRUDER filmmakersgroup: D: David Zamagni, Nadia Ranocchi and Monaldo Moretti with the work Zeus Machine:
For the solid creative process, the completeness and the maturity of a work capable of traversing the idioms of performance, theatre, design and film as a sign of its roots in Italian culture; for the capacity for overcoming geographical limits, transforming a local identity into a universal message in an experimental and innovative manner.
The Special Mention goes to Ludovica Carbotta, with the work Monowe (the City Museum):
For the maturity achieved in the interpretation of the museum space, reconsidering its role and function; for the research into materials that has allowed them to become the expression of an idea, of a concept; for the powerful evocation between a physical place and an imaginary territory.
IL PREMIO IN QUINDICI ANNI
The Premio MAXXI, created to nurture the development of young Italian art, is now in its in 15th year and on the occasion of this anniversary the exhibition of the finalists has been enriched with a documentary section devoted to the eight previous editions featuring archive materials, photographs and videos from the museum, from Mibact and from the Archivio Careof, regarding the 35 artists who from 2001 to the present have participated in the prize.
THE SELECTED ARTISTS