Equal ratings for two artists in the 12th edition of the Premio Gruppo Euromobil Under 30. Artist Barbara De Vivi (Venice 1991) with her work ‘Notturno’, presented by Galleria Marcolini, Stand B92 Hall 25, and Matthew Attard (Malta 1987) with “Untitled (You are a Poser!)”, presented by Galleria Michela Rizzo, Stand A47 Hall 25.
Once again many galleries responded to the call for artists launched by the Premio Gruppo Euromobil Under 30 during the 42nd edition of Arte Fiera Bologna. Each gallery submitted one or more works for their artists. The Lucchetta brothers, owners of Gruppo Euromobil, which has been main sponsor of Arte Fiera for 12 editions, wish to underline the important role of the galleries that proposed the artists: “over the 12 years in which we have been involved in Arte Fiera as main sponsor and promoters of an award for the under 30s, we have become well acquainted not only with young artists, but also with the work of a great many Italian and foreign galleries that have enthusiastically committed themselves to discovering, supporting and promoting new talent. It is also thanks to their intuition and research that over these years we have been able to enhance our collection with works by artists who have since gone on to achieve important goals.
We have in mind Adelita Husni-Bey (winner of the fifth edition in 2011) who showed her works in the Italian Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale, as well as others now very active on the contemporary art scene. The Galleries involved: Galleria Michela Rizzo; MLB Maria Livia Brunelli; Ncontemporary; L'Elefante – arte contemporanea; Studio d’Arte Raffaelli; Galleria Marcolini; Guidi&Schoen; Francesca Antonini Arte Contemporanea; Montrasio Arte; Montoro12 Contemporary Art; L’Ariete Artecontemporanea; Maurizio Corraini; Prometeogallery.
The Jury (Gaspare, Antonio, Fiorenzo and Giancarlo Lucchetta, owners of Gruppo Euromobil and art collectors; Angela Vettese, director of Arte Fiera; Beatrice Buscaroli, art critic; Aldo Colonetti design historian and designer Cleto Munari. Secretary to the Jury: Roberto Gobbo) gave the following motivation for their choice: “De Vivi’s painting is a large oil on canvas from which emerge figures, animals and traces of nature: a world teaming with erudite quotations and references to the art of the past, but also emanating a certain mystery that makes it extremely contemporary as it reveals itself little by little in an intimate silence. Matthew Attard’s sculptures made of aluminium wire, cross the subtle line that divides abstraction and figuration, recomposing recognisable images in the shape of extremely seductive female figures”.
Matthew Attard, “Untitled (You are a Poser!)”, 2014, aluminium wire and wall, 200x180cm
Barbara De Vivi, “Notturno”, 2017, oil on canvas, 140x200cm