Arthur Duff, an artist whose works are included in the UniCredit Art Collection - among them a piece acquired recently at the Contemporary Art Fair in Bologna - has won the MACRO 2% competition held by the MACRO Museum in Rome. The award was shared with installation artist Nathalie Junod Ponsard.
The contest was for the creation of two new works, incorporating light, to be installed in specific connecting spaces within the new museum building. Duff's project "Rope," an installation that combines neon with laser projection, will be set in the passageway between the car park and the foyer of the museum. The work is designed to engage visitors in a dialogue, using light to elicit their active participation.
Additionally, the Turkish artist Kutlug Ataman, who is also represented in the UniCredit Art Collection, has won the international Routes Princess Margriet Award.
The award, which is given by the European Cultural Foundation, is presented annually to an artist who, through his or her work, has promoted better understanding and appreciation of cultural differences within Europe. The jury selected Ataman's work because of the way it connects personal stories with international politics. His works demonstrate how new aesthetics and a clear comprehension of the other can emerge from distinctive storytelling techniques.
(Image: Arthur Duff, Rope, 2010, render)