the winners of the prizes at artissima
The winners of the
illy Present Future Prize
Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize
Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize
Reda Prize and
the Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize
Turin, 7 November 2015 – The winners of five of the six prizes that will be awarded during Artissima were
announced yesterday: the illy Present Future Prize, which is devoted to the leading up-and-coming artists
and is now in its 15th year; the Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize, for the gallery in the Back to the
Future section that presented the most significant project in terms of historical merit and set-up of the booth;
the Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize for the best gallery for research and the promotion of young
artists participating in New Entries, the section for galleries opened for less than five years and are
participating in Artissima for the first time; the Reda Prize, new this year and targeting artists under 35 who
use photography as an expressive medium and are at Artissima in the Main Section, New Entries and
Present Future sections; the Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize, established in 2009 to promote the work of
The list of winners is:
illy Present Future Prize > Alina Chaiderov, presented by Galerie Antoine Levi, Paris
Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize > Ellen De Bruijne, Amsterdam and Dan Gunn, Berlin, with a
project by Michael Smith
Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize > Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris
Reda Prize > Max Pitegoff & Calla Henkel, presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize > Anne Imhof, presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
On Sunday, 8 November at 4 p.m. the winner of the last prize on the Artissima calendar will be announced:
the Prix K-Way Per4m, which goes to the most significant performance of those presented in Per4m.
ILLY PRESENT FUTURE PRIZE
Carlo Bach, Art Director of illycaffè, and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, director of Artissima 2015, announced
the winner of the 15th illy Present Future Prize dedicated to the best emerging young talents: Alina
Chaiderov from the gallery Antoine Levi (Paris) with the works Before 1989 we kept the bananas in the
closet (2014) and Spaces within (separated from the outside air by layer upon layer of protection (2014).
Alina Chaiderov (1984, St Petersburg, Russia) was selected by a prestigious international jury composed of
Daniel Baumann (Kunsthalle Zürich), Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (2016 Director of Castello di Rivoli
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – GAM, Galleria di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin), Dieter
Roelstraete (Documenta 14, Kassel) and Maurizio Morra Greco (collector, Naples).
The jury chose the artist based on the following motivation:
The 2015 illy Present Future Prize goes to Alina Chaiderov for her historically informed exploration of Soviet
memory through the irreverent prism of everyday sculptural form.
The work Before 1989 we kept the bananas in the closet (2014) has been acquired by Fondazione Ettore
Fico and will enter the collection of the MEF Museo Ettore Fico, Turin, a contemporary art institution opened
in September 2014.
The illy Present Future Prize, first presented in 2012, culminates with the staging of an exhibition at the
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea. With the illy Present Future Prize, the company based in
Trieste, and the curators and museum directors tapped by Artissima and the Castello di Rivoli Museo di Arte
Contemporanea make a major contribution to the success of emerging artists, emphasizing the innovative
role of the fair in Turin as an artistic institution with an international reputation.
SARDI PER L’ARTE BACK TO THE FUTURE PRIZE
The Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize was awarded to Ellen de Bruijne (Amsterdam) and Dan
Gunn (Berlin) for their project on the artist Michael Smith (Chicago, US, 1951). Established in 2014, the
award is given to the gallery with the most deserving project in terms of historical relevance and presentation
of the booth among the 28 galleries that participated in the section this year.
The award stems from the partnership with the Sardi per l’Arte Foundation and consists of a cash prize of
5,000 euro for galleries participating in Back to the Future, the section of Artissima that hosts museum solo
shows with historic works by artists from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, and that this year has focused –
for the first time – on the decade between 1975 – 1985, a period fundamental for interpreting today’s art.
The jury, composed of Sabine Breitwieser (Museum der Moderne Salzburg), Christine Macel (Musée
National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris), María Inés Rodríguez (CAPC, Bordeaux), and Lorenzo
Paini (Enea Righi Collection, Bologna), awarded the prize with the following motivation:
The artist’s work is distinguished by his ability to develop conceptual work with a sense of humour, which he
uses for biting critique of the social conventions of his era. The jury found common ground in terms of
appreciation and interest, and praised the quality of the artist’s works and layout.
Michael Smith, Ellen De Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam + Dan Gunn, Berlin © Perottino-Alfero
Jury for the Sardi per l’Arte Back to the Future Prize 2015
Sabine Breitwieser, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Christine Macel, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris
María Inés Rodríguez, CAPC, Bordeaux
Lorenzo Paini, Enea Righi Collection, Bologna
The first Reda Prize was awarded to Calla Henkel (1978, Boston, USA) & Max Pitegoff (1988, Minneapolis,
USA), presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (Main Section). The prize, presented this year for
the first time, is for artists under 35 who use photography as their medium and are participating in the Main
Section, New Entries and Present Future sections. The winner will then publish a monograph with
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff won with the work Times, Berlin, Spring, 2013.
The jury, composed of Kerstin Meincke (Museum Folkwang, Essen), Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM,
Munich), Francesco Zanot (Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin), Giovanna Silva (Humboldt
Books, Milan), and Philip and Rosella Rolla (collectors, Rolla Foundation, Switzerland) awarded the prize
for the following reasons:
The jury decided to award Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff for their ability to exploit the typical language of
photography, documenting gesture and performance, updating it and transforming it into an authentic subject
of research. In a work combining photography and theatre, individuality and society, control and
collaboration, there is also the ability to create images with an immediate visual impact, the basis for
stratifying numerous meanings. The compactness of the individual series comprising their underlying
research makes them perfect for an artistic publication.
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Main Section | Max Pitegoff & Calla Henkel, Times, Berlin, Spring (2013) © Perottino-Alfero
Jury for the 2015 Reda Prize
Kerstin Meincke, Museum Folkwang, Essen
Cristiano Raimondi, NMNM, Munich
Francesco Zanot, Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Turin
Giovanna Silva, Humboldt Books, Milan
Philip and Rosella Rolla, collectors, Rolla Foundation, Switzerland
FONDAZIONE ETTORE FICO PRIZE
The Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize, established in 2009 to promote the work of young artists, was won by
Anne Imhof (1978, Gießen, Germany) presented by Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (Main Section) with
the work Untitled 2, 2015.
The work was purchased and will enter the collection of the MEF Museo Ettore Fico in Turin, a
contemporary art institution opened in September 2014 at Via Cigna 114.
The prize is aimed at supporting a project by the winning artist, from the stating of an exhibition to a
In addition to the work by Anna Imhof, the Ettore Fico Foundation has also acquired the work Before the
1989 we kept the bananas in the closet, 2014 by Alina Chaiderov, winner of Present Future Prize 2015,
presented by the gallery Antoine Levi, Paris; Organic Submission, 2015, by Kate Levant, presented by the
gallery Collicaligreggi, Catania (Main Section); Mai-mai-non-lasciai-andare, 2015, by Rebecca Moccia,
presented by Massimodeluca, Mestre, Venice (Main Section).
The jury, composed of Andrea Busto (MEF – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin), Letizia Ragaglia (Museion,
Bolzano), Alberto Salvadori (Museo Marino Marini, Florence), Andrea Viliani (MADRE, Naples) and
Renato Alpegiani (collector, Turin), cited the following motivations for the award:
The jury wanted to award the multifaceted nature of the artist's practice, which combines different
perspectives of the contemporary art lexicon; moving fluently from sculpture to drawing, painting and video to
performance, Imhof's work always demonstrates great command of her own artistic language.
Anne Imhof, Untitled 2, 2015 © Perottino-Alfero
Jury for the 2015 Fondazione Ettore Fico Prize
Andrea Busto, MEF – Museo Ettore Fico, Turin
Letizia Ragaglia, Museion, Bolzano
Alberto Salvadori, Museo Marino Marini, Florence
Andrea Viliani, MADRE, Naples
Renato Alpegiani, collector, Turin !
PROMOS SCALO MILANO NEW ENTRIES
The first Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize was awarded to Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris.
The prize, amounting to 5,000 euros, was awarded to the gallery deemed most deserving in seeking out and
promoting the young artists in the “New Entries” section, reserved for the most interesting up-and-coming
galleries on the international scene: participants have been in business for less than five years and are at
Artissima for the first time.
One of the artists represented by the winning gallery will have the chance to create a site-specific installation
at Scalo Milano, currently under construction, as part of the Piazze d’Artista project that, for the first time in
Italy, merges retail and art. The jury for 2015, composed of Pierre Bal-Blanc (Documenta 14, Kassel), Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (critic
and curator, São Paulo), Abaseh Mirvali (independent curator, Berlin – Mexico City) and Patrizia Sandretto
Re Rebaudengo (collector, Turin), awarded the prize for the following reasons:
The jury had great expectations regarding the form, language, articulation and investment in the space, from
galleries participating for the very first time in a fair which is well known for its bold curatorial statements.
According to the jury, the winner is Galerie Laurent Mueller. Its presentation demonstrates with more clarity
how interesting results are born from a profitable collaboration between the artist and the gallery.
Galerie Laurent Mueller, Paris © Perottino-Alfero
Jury for the Promos Scalo Milano New Entries Prize 2015
Pierre Bal-Blanc, Documenta 14, Kassel
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, critic and curator, São Paulo
Abaseh Mirvali, independent curator, Berlin – Mexico City
Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, collector, Turin
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