The VG Award 2024
Vordemberge-Gildewart Stipendium 2024
Museion – Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano/Bozen Italy
Curated by Leonie Radine from Museion Bolzano
Competition 22 March 2024
Vernissage 22 March 2024
Exhibition running 23 March – 01 September 2024
Monia Ben Hamouda, Costanza Candeloro, Filippo Contatore, Isabella Costabile, Binta Diaw, Giorgia Garzilli, Sophie Lazari, Lorenza Longhi, Magdalena Mitterhofer, Jim C. Nedd, AliPaloma, Luca Piscopo, Raphael Pohl, Davide Stucchi, Tobias Tavella
RENAISSANCE brings together a selection of works by young artists who were born or raised in northern Italy, have studied at local art academies or universities, and/or live and work in the region. A particular curatorial focus was placed on fostering the exchanges between South Tyrol and Milan.
The exhibition highlights primarily the work and research of each of the participating artists and the diversity of their individual practice. All these positions share, in the broadest sense, a critical examination of the notion of cultural heritage, social and aesthetic “standards,” and the persistence of ghosts from the past. In fact, the artists use found methods, images, fabrics, objects, architectures, or waste products from cultural or creative industries to develop their work at the intersections between visual and applied art. In this way, they expose the foundations of hegemonic tropes of representation and power structures and address questions of belonging and cultural identity in various transdisciplinary ways.
The exhibition takes place in conjunction with a grant of 60,000 Swiss francs, which the Swiss-based Vordemberge-Gildewart Foundation annually awards in collaboration with a European museum or art institution, in 2024 this is Museion, to an artist up to the age of 35. With one of the highest grants for young art in Europe, the Foundation aims to preserve the spirit of the work of the artist Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart (1899–1962). The award of the scholarship was initiated by the founder, Ilse Leda, the artist’s wife. The group exhibition forms the base from which the grantee will be selected by an independent international jury. There are no conditions attached to the use of the grant money given to the recipient of the VG Award.
The exhibition takes place in conjunction with the VG AWARD 2024 and is accompanied by a publication with texts on all the artists involved.