Giovanni Ozzola, Elisa
Sighicelli e Rä di Martino
hanno interpretato la Tenuta
The first edition of the Award took place in Italy, revolving around the Castelgiocondo estate in Montalcino, where Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi produces the Castelgiocondo Brunello. The selected artists, John Ozzola, Elisa Sighicelli and Rä di Martino, were invited to create a work inspired by the estate. In February 2013, a jury made up of three Italian museum directors awarded the prize for the work Untitled (an iron barrel) made by Elisa Sighicelli.
In March, during the Vinitaly, the limited edition of the Castelgiocondo Brunello magnum with labels created by the 3 artists and inspired by their respective works, was presented.
Erected in 1100 to defend the street that stretched from the harbor of Talamone to Siena, the castle has been the property of the Frescobaldi family since 1989. Already one of the first manufacturing companies of the Brunello di Montalcino since the end of the 19th century, Castelgiocondo is a land of wines boasting a great structure, complexity and balance.
The estate is located on the south-west of Montalcino at an altitude between 180 and 400 meters above sea, and covers 815 hectares. The grounds of the estate vary greatly depending on the altitude, and the hot, dry and windy climate form the ideal conditions for the production of rich, powerful and structured – yet finely balanced and elegant – wines: Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino Riserva DOCG, Castelgiocondo Brunello di Montalcino DOCG, Campo ai Sassi Rosso di Montalcino DOC and Lamaione IGT.
Rä di Martino was born in Rome in 1975.
She lives and works in Turin.
After spending many years in London studying and creating art, she moved to New York in 2005, where she started to focus on film/video and photography. Her work – elegant but with real visual impact – often takes her to explore the mechanisms underlying make-believe and fiction, especially cinema myths, and stereotypes, from the “star system” to those “great machines” that churn out dreams, like Hollywood and Cinecittà.
She won the Talent Prize in 2008 and has exhibited her work in various public and private spaces in Italy and abroad.
Born in Florence in 1982, he lives and works between Paris and Prato.
After a series of journeys, since 2001 he re-established himself in Italy and developed his own artistic career, focusing on light as the material for forming his vision. The focal point of his work is his interest in three-dimensional space and light, through which he researches the relationship between the image as a mental representation and reality.
A winner of the 2011 Cairo Award, he has exhibited in several private and public spaces in Italy and abroad.
She was born in Turin in 1968, where she lives and works.
She studied in London, at the Kingston University and at the Slade School. She has established herself by proposing a particular light box technique, in which photographs are applied on Plexiglas plates that are partially lit from behind with light sources that highlight some details of the scene. This creates visions of varying spatial depth, full of mysterious charm, environments in which time seems to be urged to stop on an event without any human presence, on their possible traces and memories, with strange night-time shadows flowing all around.
She has participated in numerous prominent international exhibitions.
Recently, the GAM, the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in Turin, dedicated a solo exhibition to her.
The jury consists of four directors of contemporary art museums. They will decide which is the best work and award the creator a bursary provided by the Frescobaldi family.
A Director of the Vatican Museums, he was Superintendent of the Polo Museale in Florence. His began his career at age 29, becoming the Superintendent for Cultural Heritage in both Venice and Verona, the Director of Opificio delle Pietre Dure, and the Head of Museums in Florence and the Department of Artistic Affairs in Tuscany. From January 1995 to May 1996, he was Minister of Cultural Heritage in the Dini government. He is currently the President of the Scientific Committee for Art Exhibitions at the Scuderie del Quirinale. He is deputy chairman of the Higher Council for Cultural Assets and an advisor to the mayor for Florence’s civic museums. On 4 December 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Director of the Vatican Museums. Paolucci also writes for Paragone and Bollettino d’Arte. He has lectured at the University of Florence (Literature and Philosophy Faculty) and the University of Siena (Cultural Assets Faculty).
She is the director of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina (Palazzo Strozzi Foundation, Florence). Since 2007, she had been in charge of the artistic programme at the centre, where she has also curated various exhibitions, such as “Sistemi emotivi” (2007), “Arte, prezzo e valore” (2008), “Gerhard Richter e la dissolvenza dell’immagine nell’arte contemporanea”, “As Soon As Possible” (2010), “Identità virtuali” and “Declining Democracy” (2011). Furthermore, she curated site-specific installations in the courtyard of Palazzo Strozzi, created by artists like Michelangelo Pistoletto, Yves Netzhammer, Wang Yu Yang and Loris Cecchini. She graduated in cultural anthropology, literature, novels and history of art at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt. From 2000 to 2003, she was in charge of the digital craft department at Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied Art (MAK), where the first museum collection for digital items was created. While there, she organised exhibitions on digital culture themes, like “I Love You”, about the world of hackers and computer viruses, and “adonnaM.mp3”, an exploration of file and network sharing on the internet. From 2005 to 2007, she was part of the New Media International School at the University of Lübeck. In 1998, she did research for the European Commission on future strategies for European museums in dealing with digital culture. From 1994 to 1997, she worked as an independent curator of modern and contemporary art for international institutions like the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Vienna, the Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Fundación la Caixa in Palma di Maiorca and the Fondazione Lucio Fontana, curating three exhibitions on this artist.
She is the Director of Milan’s Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century) and an art historian, with her areas of interest being the materials, techniques and conservation of contemporary art as well as the relationship between artwork and exhibition context. She graduated and specialised at the University of Genoa before receiving scholarships from the Lincean Academy and then the University of Pavia (the latter to complete her studies at the University of Paris 1), before earning her doctorate from the University of Udine. She is a founding member of Incca Italia (International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art), acting as the coordinator until June 2011. Her recent publications include: Tecnica Mista; Materiali e procedimenti dell’arte contemporanea (Bruno Mondadori, 2006); L’Arte pubblica nello Spazio Urbano; Committenti Artisti e Fruitori, (with Carlo Birrozzi) (Bruno Mondadori, 2007); and Monumenti effimeri; Storia e conservazione delle installazioni, (with Barbara Ferriani), (Mondadori Electa Milan 2009).
She is the Director of Castel Sant’Elmo (part of the Superintendency for Museums in Naples), a past director of the Pignatelli Museum (1986-2009) and arranged the contemporary art section of the Capodimonte Museum (1996). In 2010, at Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples, she curated the opening of the Museo del Novecento (Museum of the Twentieth Century). She has published articles and pieces in catalogues, journals and books about 20th-century and contemporary art. She has been involved in the scientific research for numerous exhibitions. Since 1983, she has been the Naples correspondent for Il Giornale dell’Arte.