On June 3, 2019 the works of the finalists shortlisted for the second edition of the Mario Merz Prize are presented to the public: At 6 pm the Fondazione Merz hosted the opening of the exhibition featuring the work of the 5 finalists in the Art Section; At 8.30 pm the Biblioteca Civica Musicale “Andrea Della Corte” hosted the concert of the 5 finalists in the Music Section.
Curated by Beatrice Merz, Claudia Gioia and Samuel Gross, the exhibition unfolds some of the most significant works, among videos, installations, and sculptures, by each of the shortlisted artists.
The finalists in the Art Section – Bertille Bak (France 1983), Mircea Cantor (Romania 1977), David Maljković (Croatia 1973), Maria Papadimitriou (Greece 1957), Unknown friend (USA 1977, 1980) – were selected by jurors of the pre-selection panel Samuel Gross (Head curator Istituto Svizzero), Claudia Gioia (indipendent curator) and Beatrice Merz.
Members of the Final Jury for the Art Section are: Manuel Borja-Villel (director Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid), Massimiliano Gioni (Head Curator New Museum, New York – Art Director Fondazione Trussardi, Milan), Lawrence Weiner (artist), and Beatrice Merz. The public will have the possibility to participate in the voting process by logging onto the website, www.mariomerzprize.org or by filling out the voting card provided.
The concert, organized by Fondazione Merz in collaboration with Biblioteca Civica Musicale “Andrea Della Corte”, was held in the 18th-century Baroque setting of Villa La Tesoriera. It was directed by Willy Merz and performed by the DE SONO Futura Ensemble in collaboration with the Association DE SONO.
The finalists in the Music Section – Annachiara Gedda (Italy 1986), Mauro Lanza (France 1975), Filippo Perocco (Italy 1972), Robert HP Platz (Germany 1958), Jay Schwartz (Germany 1965) – were selected by jurors of the pre-selection panel Giampaolo Pretto (flautist and main conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino), Stefano Pierini (composer and lecturer at the Centro di Formazione Musicale in Turin) and Philip Samartzis (sound-designer and lecturer at the University of Melbourne).
Members of the final Jury for the Music Section are: Dieter Ammann (composer), Thomas Demenga (cellist and composer), Alexander Lonquich (pianist) and Willy Merz. For the Music Section as well, the public will have the possibility to vote for their favorite score by logging onto the website, www.mariomerzprize.org or by filling out the voting card provided.