Fondazione Merz announces finalists for the Mario Merz Prize, 3rd Edition:
Art Category: Bertille Bak (France); Mircea Cantor (Romania); David Maljkovic (Croatia); Maria Papadimitriou (Greece); Unknown Friend (USA)
Music Category: Annachiara Gedda (Italy); Mauro Lanza (Italy); Filippo Perocco (Italy); Robert HP Platz (Germany); Jay Schwartz (USA)
Fondazione Merz is pleased to announce the five artist finalists for the Mario Merz Prize, 3rd Edition’s Art category, and the five composers shortlisted for the Music Category.
Bertille Bak (France); Mircea Cantor (Romania); David Maljkovic (Croatia); Maria Papadimitriou (Greece); and Unknown Friend (USA) are the artists chosen by this year’s jury composed of Beatrice Merz (President, Fondazione Merz); Claudia Gioia (Independent Curator), and Samuel Gross (Head Curator, Istituto Svizzero)
From 3 June – 6 October 2019, the Fondazione Merz will present a group exhibition of the shortlisted artists in Turin.
The winner will be chosen by the jury and announced by Beatrice Merz on the occasion of the Mario Merz exhibition at the Reina Sofia, Madrid, in October 2019.
The public can also cast a valid vote for the candidates via the Mario Merz Prize website mariomerzprize.org – following the opening of the finalists’ exhibition in June 2019.
The winner will be commissioned to produce a new site-specific solo exhibition at Fondazione Merz in November 2020, coinciding with Artissima.
In the Music Category, the five shortlisted composers are: Annachiara Gedda (Italy); Mauro Lanza (Italy); Filippo Perocco (Italy); Robert HP Platz (Germany); and Jay Schwartz (USA)
The music jury is composed of: Giampaolo Pretto (Flautist and head conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica, Turin); Stefano Pierini (Composer and Professor at Centro di Formazione Musicale,Turin); Philip Samartzis (Sound-designer and Professor at Melbourne University).