Award Jury 2015

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

The Award Jury, which changes yearly, is composed of five to seven Contemporary art experts who are responsible for electing, amongst the four finalists, the grand winner of PIPA – the main category of the Prize.

This year’s Jury will choose an artist amongst the four finalists – Cristiano Lenhardt, Leticia Ramos, Marina Rheingantz and Virginia de Medeiros who will be awarded with R$130,000, including a residency programme at Residency Unlimited in New York.

Noting that the monetary prize and residency programme are integrated, as part of the monetary value is used to fund the residency programme.

PIPA 2015 Award Jury

  • Cauê Alves: Master degree and PhD in Philosophy from FFLCH-USP, professor at PUC-SP. Assistant Curator at the Brazilian Pavillon at the 56th Venice Biennial, Co-Curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial and one of the Curators of the 32º Panorama da Arte Brasileira do Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo. Alves is the Curator of the Clube de Gravura do MAM-SP since 2006. Other co-curatorships include;  “Quase líquido”, Itaú Cultural (2008) and “Mira Schendel: Avesso do avesso” (2010), at Instituto de Arte Contemporânea. Member of PIPA 2011’s Nominating Committee, he gave an exclusive video-interview for the Prize on that year. Click here to view.


  • Gilberto Chateaubriand: Collector, Diplomat and Brazilian Entrepreneur. Chateaubriand owns one of the comprehensive and important private collections of Modern and Contemporary Brazilian art.  In 2003, the collection was donated to MAM-Rio, becoming permanently accessible to the general public. The collection is regularly showcased in other Brazilian institutions and abroad. Art critic Roberto Pontual states: “(…) through this collection, 20th Century Brazilian art, from modernism to contemporary, has its most complete and better illustration.”


  • Luiz Camillo Osorio: Art critic, Aesthetics Professor at the Philosophy Department of PUC-Rio, MAM-Rio’s Chief-Curator since 2009, PIPA’s co-creator and Board member since its creation in 2010. Graduated with a degree in Economics at PUC-Rio (1985),  studied Modern Art History at Modern Art Studies of London between 1986 and 1987, later received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Philosophy at PUC Rio. Curator of numerous exhibitions in Brazil and abroad, including the Brazilian Pavillion at the 56th Venice Biennial.


  • Pablo Leon de la Barra: Curator, Architect and Independent Researcher specialised in Latin-American art. León de la Barra, as the current Guggenheim UBS MAP Latin America curator, is completing a two-year residency, and curating the second exhibition in the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, with a focus on contemporary art and artists from Latin America. Leon de la Barra has recently been named Director of Casa França Brasil in Rio de Janeiro, a post he will hold until the end of his residency programme. He has curated shows at the David Roberts Art Foundation and the Architecture Foundation in London; at apexart and Art in General in New York; and Casa Luis Barragán, Casa del Lago, and Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, among other venues. A founding member of the collective 24-7, León de la Barra was also artistic director of Blow de la Barra Gallery, London from 2005 through 2008.


  • Rosangela Rennó: Artist, graduated with a degree in Architecture from Escola de Arquitetura da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (1986) and Fine Arts from Escola Guignard, Belo Horizonte (1987). Completed her PhD in Arts from Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (1997). Rennó has received numerous awards during her career, including the CIFO Grants & Commissions Programme in 2014, Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award and Prix du Livre Historique 2013/Historical Book Award 2013 – Les Rencontres ARLES Photographie, for the book “A01 [COD.] – A27 [S|COD.23]” in 2013.


The winner announcement took place during the Award Jury meeting at MAM-Rio. Members of the Award Jury based their final decision after viewing the current finalists’ exhibition (on view at MAM-Rio until 15th November), analysing each portfolio individually and materials sent by the artists, including a letter where they emphasize the importance of a residency programme in their artistic career.

The final decision made by the Award Jury is based on the winner’s portfolio, the artwork(s) presented at MAM-Rio’s exhibition and on the importance of the award to be received in the winner’s artistic career. The weight of the factors is at the members of the Award Jury sole discretion, and may even vary each year.


To meet PIPA 2015 winner, click here.

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