21 young artists go on show for 5th Future Generation Prize at 58th La Biennale di Venezia
The PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation present the works of 21 young artists across 17 countries, shortlisted for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize - the global art prize for artists aged 35 or younger. Established in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize’s founding.
An official Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, or the Venice Biennale, the show will be on view at the Palazzo Ca’ Tron until 18 August 2019.
The 21 exhibited artists, chosen from amongst 5,800 entries, include the winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2019, the Lithuanian artist Emilija Škarnulytė, and the winners of the Special Prize, Gabrielle Goliath (South Africa) and Cooking Sections (UK).
In addition there will be new work by the other shortlisted artists, including: Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Yu Araki (Japan), Korakrit Arunanondchai (Thailand), Kasper Bosmans (Belgium), Madison Bycroft (Australia), Alia Farid (Kuwait), Rodrigo Hernández (Mexico), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), Marguerite Humeau (France), Eli Lundgaard (Norway), Taus Makhacheva (Russia), Toyin Ojih Odutola (Nigeria), Sondra Perry (United States), Gala Porras-Kim (Colombia), Jakob Steensen (Denmark), Daniel Turner (United States), Anna Zvyagintseva (Ukraine) and artist collectives Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.
The exhibition showcases existing works as well as new site-specific pieces by the shortlisted artists which engage with the Palazzo Ca’ Tron and its history.
Many of the works question the interpretation of knowledge, leading us towards a suggested model of future archaeology or archaeology of the future. How will the present day be perceived 100 or 1000 years from now? What might humanity look like? How will the world be experienced?
Where many of those questions project concerns and proposals for tomorrow, other works engage with urgent unresolved dilemmas of today’s world.
What place do local cultural traditions have in a globalized world? How do values survive in a technological age that sweeps away our sense of tradition? How does one identify in an age where nationalistic models seem to be at odds with globalised communities?
Those questions resonate louder in Palazzo Ca’Tron, situated on the Canal Grande, and owned by Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia since 1972. It is a hub for teaching and thinking mainly on the subject of urban planning.
Dating back to the end of the sixteenth century, the palazzo carries the name of Tron, one of Venice’s most noble and powerful families. The collaboration between the university and the Future Generation Art Prize allows us to combine the mission of both institutions: empowering future generations.
The Future Generation Art Prize is a renowned springboard for emerging talent, with past winners receiving international acclaim, including Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and 2017’s winner, Dineo Seshee Bopape, who will represent South Africa at the Biennale Arte 2019.
The winner of the first edition of the Prize, Cinthia Marcelle, represented Brazil at the 57th International Art Exhibition. Open Group, who was nominated for the Prize in 2017, represents Ukraine at the Biennale Arte 2019.
The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019 exhibition is curated by Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre and Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator of the Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre.
The winners were announced at an exhibition at PinchukArtCentre, which opened in February 2019, chosen from the shortlist by a distinguished international jury consisting of Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (New York); Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv); Gabi Ngcobo, curator, 10th Berlin Biennale; Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (London); and Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association.
Launched in 2009 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Future Generation Art Prize is a worldwide contemporary art prize, created to discover, recognise and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. It is an important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
A distinguished Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. With Victor Pinchuk as its Chairman, the Board includes four patron artists Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, the collectors Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, Glenn D Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art) and Alfred Pacquement (former director of Musée nationale d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou).
The PinchukArtCentre was founded in September 2006 in Kyiv by businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk. Since then it is one the largest and most dynamic private contemporary art centres in Central and Eastern Europe.
With over 3 million visitors, the PinchukArtCentre became an international hub for contemporary art, developing the Ukrainian art scene while generating a critical public discourse for society as a whole.
For more than a decade, PinchukArtCentre has brought works of over 250 international artists to Ukraine providing free access to new ideas, perceptions and emotions. Its program investigates national identity in the context of international challenges.
Simultaneously PinchukArtCentre invests in the next generation through the Future Generation Art Prize and the PinchukArtCentre Prize (an award for young Ukrainian contemporary artists aged 35 or younger). Through the biennial Prizes, the institution has become a leading centre for the best emerging artists worldwide, while empowering a new generation in Ukraine.
In 2016, PinchukArtCentre launched Research Platform as a pioneering project that aims to generate a living archive of Ukrainian art from the early 1980s through the present.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation, an international, private and non-partisan philanthropic foundation based in Ukraine, was established in 2006 by businessman and philanthropist Victor Pinchuk.
It empowers the young generation to change their country and the world. To this end, it implements projects and builds partnerships in Ukraine and worldwide. Since 2006, the Foundation has invested over US$ 125 million to transform Ukraine.
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation's projects include, among others: an all-Ukrainian network of neonatal center Cradles of Hope; the largest private scholarship program in Ukraine, Zavtra.UA; the WorldWideStudies scholarship programme for Ukrainian students studying abroad and the PinchukArtCentre, the most dynamic art centre in Ukraine and the region, which gives free-of-charge access to contemporary art to inspire new thinking.
The Foundation supports the international network Yalta European Strategy (YES), a leading forum for discussing Ukraine's European future and global context.
The foundation supports a crowdfunding platform to foster giving in Ukrainian society, the Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace. The Foundation is a member of the European Foundation Centre and the Ukrainian Grantmakers Forum.
It cooperates with the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Amicus Europae Foundation and other nongovernmental organizations, with the ANTIAIDS Foundation of Mr Pinchuk's wife Elena Pinchuk that implements projects to fight HIV/AIDS, among others in cooperation programs with the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative, the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
Victor Pinchuk is a Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder of the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, EastOne Ltd, and PinchukArtCentre.
An international investment advisory company, EastOne has a portfolio comprising more than 20 businesses and large-scale projects, including INTERPIPE, as well as assets in oil and gas, ferroalloys, media and other industries in Ukraine and abroad.
For over 20 years, Mr Pinchuk has developed philanthropic projects in Ukraine and around the world. In 2006, he consolidated these activities within the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which thereby became the largest private Ukrainian philanthropic foundation.
Its mission is "Empowering future generations to become the change makers of tomorrow." It focuses on education, Ukraine's international integration, healthcare and access to the inspiration of contemporary art.
On February 19, 2013 Mr Pinchuk joined the Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative founded in 2010 by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and thereby committed to giving half or more of his fortune away during his lifetime and afterwards to philanthropic causes.
Location: Palazzo Ca’ Tron, Santa Croce, 1957, 30135, Venice, Italy. Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (Mondays off). Admission is free. Promoted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine. PinchukArtCentre, 1/3-2, "А" Block, Velyka Vasylkivska/Baseyna Str., Kyiv, Ukraine 01004.