MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

Premio MAXXI 2014

28 May - 21 Sep 2014

28 May – 21 September 2014

The PREMIO MAXXI, founded to support the growth of the young generation of Italian artists, has now reached its third edition. After the past two editions, won by Rossella Biscotti in 2010 and Giorgio Andreotta Calò in 2012, this year Micol Assaël, Marinella Senatore, Linda Fregni Nagler and Yuri Ancarani are contending for the prize. The works of these artists will invade all the spaces of the museum involving the scenographic Galleria 5, Corner D, the piazza, the staircases, blending in with the flowing patterns of the space designed by Zaha Hadid.

Football from a new and revolutionary point of view,
a physical space that becomes a mental one, the thrill of suspension in the void,
a nomadic school where you can also learn to draw.

The exhibition, curated by Giulia Ferracci, moves about in MAXXI's spaces starting from the exterior with Natura dell'emozione (2001 – 2014) by Micol Assaël continuing on MAXXI’s piazza and along its staircases the exhibition route continues with The School Of Narrative Dance, Roma (2014) by Marinella Senatore. The exhibition ends in Galleria 5: Linda Fregni Nagler shows Per comandare all'aria (2014) while it take places San Siro (2014), the movie by Yuri Ancarani.
The exhibition is completed by a story area: a series of exhibited materials lay bare the inspirations and paths that led the artists to produce their works.

Based on these works the jury will choose the winner of this third edition: and the work chosen will become part of MAXXI’s permanent collection. A monographic publication will be dedicated to the winning artist, including interviews and essays as well as an anthology of the most significant critical essays to have been written about him or her. The dual-language (Italian-English) publication will be distributed internationally.
The winner will be announced on June 13, when the jury meets to evaluate all the projects.


Videoartist and filmaker, he lives and works between Ravenna and Milan. His works are the result of a continuous fusion of art and documentary films often with a narrative that explores places that are not normally that visible, exploring some of the key issues of our contemporary world which have not yet been analysed.
Yuri Ancarani’s works were presented at numerous exhibitions museums both in Italy and abroad, including: T.I.C.A. Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art (Tirana, Albania, 2009), Prague Biennale 5 (Prague, Poland, 2011), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, USA, 2012), 14 Media Art Biennale Wro (Wroklav, Poland, 2011), Galleria ZERO... (Milan, 2012), 55th International Art Exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale (Venice, 2013), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2013), Galleria Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin, 2013).

Considered to be one of the most interesting voices on the Italian and international art scene, she has always been interested in the study of physical phenomena, and in the world of music, science and philosophy, examined by constructing complex systems designed to pick out those aspects of reality that cannot be controlled, such as electricity, the behaviour of bees and volcanic eruptions.
Her works have been presented on the occasion of the solo shows: La Folie de la Villa Medicis, Villa Medici, Accademia di Francia, Rome (2002); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2004); Inaudito, GNAM, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy (2008); Chizhevsky Lessons, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland, (2007); Fomuska, Secession, Vienna (2009); Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2010);ILIOKATAKINIOMUMASTILOPSARODIMAKOPIOTITA, HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2014). She has also participated in the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2005), Manifesta (2004), the Moscow Biennale (2005), Berlin Biennale (2006), in After Nature, New Museum, New York (2008), and in Chasing Napoleon (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2009).

She studies the nature of photography investigating its particular qualities, analysing time and creating new imaginaries. After receiving a diploma from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in 2000, in 2004 she participated in the Corso Superiore di Arti Visive of the Fondazione Ratti (Como). In 2006 she was awarded a diploma in Cinema Photography by the Escuela International de Cine y Television (EICTV), in Cuba. In 2013 she was invited to show her work at the 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni. She has shown her works at solo exhibitions held at the Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan (2011), Columbia University, NY (2007), Fondazione Olivetti, Rome (2006). She has participated in the following group shows: LE SILENCE–Une fiction, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (2012); SI - Sindrome Italiana, la jeune création artistique italienne, MAGASIN-Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble (2010). In 2007 she won the Premio New York, awarded jointly by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Columbia University.

Her artistic research involves the active participation of the audience in the creative process as well as the use of a variety of media, from installation to video, drawing, performance and photography. Exhibitions of her work include: 54th Venice Biennale, Göteborg Biennial, Contour-Biennial, Liverpool Biennial, 12th Bienal de Cuenca, 4th Athens Biennale (2011), 11th Biennial de la Havana (2012), Petach-Tikva Museum of Art (2014), MCA Chicago (2009), Castello di Rivoli (2013), Kunst Halle S. Gallen (2014), MCA Santa Barbara (2014). She has won the following awards: Dena Foundation Fellowship (2009), New York Prize (2010), American Academy in Rome Fellowship (2012). In 2013 she was awarded the Borsa Giovani Artisti Italiani, Castello di Rivoli, and in 2014 she was a finalist in the Premio MAXXI, and artist-in-residence at “Museo Chiama Artista”| AMACI.

The names of the candidates were suggested by curators, journalists, independent Italian critics or those working for major national and international institutions:
Barbara Casavecchia, critic and independent curator, Contributing Editor Frieze Magazine and curator of All’Aperto-Fondazione Zegna suggested the name of Linda Fregni Nagler
Luca Lo Pinto, Curator of Kunsthalle Wien and Editorial Director of NERO suggested Micol Assaël
Luigi Fassi, Writer for Mousse, Artforum, Klat and Site, has nominated Yuri Ancarani
Marcella Beccaria, Chief Curator, Castello di Rivoli and Emanuele Guidi Artistic Director ar/ge Kunst Galerie, Bolzano put forward the name of Marinella Senatore.

Tags: Yuri Ancarani, Micol Assaël, Rossella Biscotti, Giorgio Andreotta Calo, Zaha Hadid, Linda Fregni Nagler, Marinella Senatore