Launching of PIPA 2019: see what’s new in the tenth edition of the Prize

During the last nine years, PIPA Prize has established itself as a reference when it comes to promoting Brazilian contemporary art production. The website now covers over 400 artist’s pages and gathers exclusive content that represents a rich searching source towards the current Brazilian art scene. Relevant names, which have been gaining international projection, have crossed the prize, such as Bárbara Wagner, PIPA 2017 Winner, who will be representing Brazil at Venice Biennial 2019.

This year, PIPA Prize reaches its tenth edition with great news. In 2019, important developments and amendments were introduced into the original project, that has already been modified over the time. From 2010 to 2018, in an association between PIPA and the Museum of Modern Art of Rio, the finalists’ exhibitions were held at the museum. These nine years of association were constructive and valuable for both Institutions. On the one hand, PIPA became even more consolidated in the art scene – considering the important history that the museum represents for Brazilian art – while, on the other hand, the Prize allowed the expansion of the museum’s collection, with 36 works added to the Brazilian contemporary art collection. PIPA Institute continues to support and seek new partnerships with MAM-Rio.

Amongst the significant changes, in 2019, is the transfer of the exhibition of the four finalists to Villa Aymoré, in Glória, which strengthens the partnership between the two institutions. The collaboration, which has taken place since the restoration of this group of early 20th century houses has been consolidating throughout the years. In 2018, the Institute started to hold curated exhibitions at the Villa with works from its own collection. In the same year, the PIPA Institute commissioned a permanent installation by Henrique Oliveira at the staircase of the first building of the development. The work is an important milestone in the history of the PIPA Institute, commissioning the artist’s first permanent site-specific in Brazil, as well as for Villa Aymoré, which is increasingly becoming more and more a reference for a space of discussion of art. In Villa Aymoré there are some exhibitions and actions of the Art Club Jacaranda, as well as exhibitions of other institutions and curatorships. On its façade there is also another permanent site-specific,  by the established Brazilian artist Iole de Freitas. 

Another adjustment is in the award itself, which aims to highlight even more the four finalists. This year, each of the finalists will receive a donation of R $ 30,000 to carry out the exhibition, and the winner, chosen by the Award Jury, will be entitled to an additional donation of R $ 30,000 to develop a project or work to be presented to the PIPA Institute and the Award Jury. This project can be a publication, a commissioned work, a research trip, an artist residency program, a website, an exhibition, etc. The change reinforces the mission of stimulating Brazilian art and aims to contribute to the development and execution of new projects of interest to the artist. In this new edition, there will be no category Popular Vote Exhibition, but the public may point their choice. The highest number of votes received by one of the finalists will be a factor to be considered, by the Award Jury, when choosing the winner.

The selection of artists will remain through nominations by the Nominating Committee, made up of about 30  contemporary art experts invited by the PIPA Board. Each one is responsible for appointing, for the PIPA Prize 2019,  up to three artists of recent trajectory, but whose production is consistent and in evidence.

PIPA Online 2019 also maintains the internet vote in two stages. Just like last year, in the first round, it will also be required to vote for at least three participating artists. We believe it encourages the audience to meet more artists. The change this year happens in the second round, which allows the internet audience to choose only one among the artists who have received more than 500 votes in the first round. This virtual showcase, which seeks to be 100% democratic and decentralized, is especially useful for artists from outside the Rio-São Paulo axis who are not represented by galleries: they find in the voting a way to mobilize people and, in this way, propagate their work even more. From this year, PIPA Online will only award one winner, who will be the artist who receives the most votes at the end of the second round and who will receive a R$ 15,000 donation. Visit the Regulation, Calendar and the Board Members‘ pages to learn more about PIPA 2019 changes.

Keep an eye on the next announcements and news!

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