UniCredit Venice Award: the winner
Announced in Venice, at Palazzo Grassi, on Friday, 3 June.
The winner, of the first edition of the UniCredit Venice Award, the Serbian artist Dragoljub Raša Todosijević , was announced by the Scientific Commission UniCredit for Art during a ceremony held on 3 June in Venice at Palazzo Grassi.
"The Jury decided to attribute the award to the Serbian artist Dragoljub Raša Todosijević. The exhibition manifests a profound vision of history and of the challenge to ideologies in Central Eastern Europe, one which is communicated through a strong personal approach. At the heart of his works there lies the moral engagement of the contemporary artist. His artistic praxis bonds together past and present, and reflects his authentic participation in the contemporary discourse - stated Walter Guadagnini, Chairman of the "UniCredit for Art" Scientific Commission. Like many artists of his generation, his aesthetic thinking has been shaped on the basis of his critical approach to Balkan history and politics. The whole pavilion features a coherent installation, involving retrospective elements as well as recent works, meaning that the installation is in fact an open process".
The artist was awarded a form of recognition worth €150,000, thus allowing the work to be included in the UniCredit Art Collection. The project will then be given on long-term free loan to the most important contemporary art museum in the artist's country of origin.
The award, launched in February and open to the Central-East European countries, collected eight submissions, amongst which five finalists pavilions were selected: Croatia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Estonia, Serbia and Turkey.
UniCredit's engagement with culture has a long and distinguished history. For an international organization like ours, art is a language that seamlessly connects different places and cultures, providing valuable opportunities for engagement within the countries in which we live and work. Collaborating with young artists and tapping into their creativity generates the type of new energy and ideas that our group considers essential to the sustainable development of our communities.
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