Villa Romana Prizewinners in Berlin and La Spezia
||Since antiquity, laurel leaves have been a symbol for fame and honor. Exceptional poets, athletes, and generals were decorated with a crown woven from laurel branches. Alloro—Italian for laurel—is the somewhat ironic title of an exhibition in Haus am Waldsee in Berlin that introduces all eight Villa Romana prizewinners of the year 2009/2010. For the first time, the artists are showing together with current work, some of which was conceived exclusively for the show. The Villa Romana Prize is not only the oldest German art prize, but also the longest-term instance of Deutsche Bank’s cultural commitment. The bank has been sponsoring this renowned prize for contemporary art in Germany since the 1920s. The Deutsche Bank Foundation continues in this tradition and sponsors the activities of the Villa Romana Association.
Haus am Waldsee presents current installations, paintings, videos, and paper works by the eight prizewinners. Olivier Foulon, Kalin Lindena, Eske Schlüters, and Benjamin Yavuzsoy lived and worked in 2009 for ten months in the artists’ house in Florence. Anna Heidenhain, Sebastian Dacey, Anna Möller, and Martin Pfeifle moved into the studios there in February of this year. The Villa Romana was founded in 1905 by the painter and sculptor Max Klinger. Today, the institution sees itself as an internationally connected forum for contemporary art. Parallel to the show in Berlin, the collection of the Villa Romana will be presented for the first time in Italy. In its exhibition Sempre un inizio, the CAMeC in La Spezia shows a selection of works made by artists like Georg Baselitz, Arnold Böcklin, Dani Gal, Karin Sander, and Amelie von Wulffen in Florence. This year’s Villa Romana prizewinners are represented in the show with recent works.
ALLORO – Eight Prizewinners of the Villa Romana
July 3 – August 15, 2010
Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
Sempre un inizio
May 27 – September 5, 2010
CAMeC, La Spezia