Rome, 4 July 2017 – 50 submissions have been received for the first Italian Council competition, launched by the MiBACT’s DGAAP – Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries to support contemporary Italian art. Under the direction of Federica Galloni, the DGAAP will provide €450,000.00 during this first phase, a figure that will be matched in a second competition.
The competition was launched around the globe thanks to the collaboration with the MAECI and its network of Italian Cultural Institutes. All of the projects received are marked by a strong international vocation: from Sydney to New York to Cape Town, passing through France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. More than half of the financing proposals result from collaborations between Italian museums and international institutions.
The aim of this first competition, while awaiting publication of a second one that will provide additional resources, is the valorisation of Italian contemporary artistic creativity abroad through the production of works of art, residency programmes and support for Italian artists participating in international contemporary art events (such as Documenta, Manifesta, etc.).
Once all of the submissions have been received, the members of the committee will be invited to select the best proposals from museums, public or private non-profit entities, university institutions, foundations and cultural associations, both Italian and international, looking to increase public collections in the field of the visual arts.
“We are enthusiastic about collaborating with the world’s most important museums and institutions”, Federica Galloni, General Director of the DGAAP declared. “In this context, the Italian Council is only the latest in a series of actions designed to support contemporary Italian creativity, promoted by the DGAAP, such as the New York Prize, the Berlin Prize and the Italy Pavilion at the Venice Biennale”.