Regulation 2015

(this page was last updated in October 2015)


IP Capital Partners Art Prize – PIPA, is an initiative of IP Capital Partners, coordinated by the Instituto IP Capital Partners (IIP) in partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro – MAM-Rio. It was designed to promote Art, artists in Brazil and the city of Rio de Janeiro, encouraging the domestic production of contemporary art.

The IP Capital Partners Art Prize, hereinafter simply PIPA, aims to select artists as winners of four categories: PIPA, PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition, PIPA Online and PIPA Online Popular Vote, as defined below in this Regulation.

1. Definitions

For purposes of this Regulation, the following definitions are taken:

1.1) PIPA Board: senior management board of PIPA consisting of 5 (five) to 8 (eight) members, consisting of two (2) representatives of IP Capital Partners, 1 (one) representative of IP Capital Partners Institute, two (2) representatives of MAM-Rio and finally notable guests and knowledgeable professionals, Brazilian or foreign, who work within the contemporary art field.
1.2) PIPA Coordination: Instituto IP Capital Partners’s team of employees and volunteers.
1.3) Nominating Committee: A set of 20 (twenty) to 40 (forty) renowned professionals, Brazilian or foreign, that work with contemporary art, invited by PIPA Board, of which each member will indicate up to 3 (three) names of artists qualified to participate in the PIPA.
1.4) Nominated Artist: artist indicated by at least one member of the Nominating Committee.
1.5) Participating Artist: artist, who, indicated by at least one member of the Nominating Committee, signs the “Term of Participation” and accomplishes all the requirements of PIPA Coordination within the terms fixed.
1.6) Finalists Artists: the 4 (four) selected artists by PIPA Board, among the Participating Artists (qualified above on item 1.5)
1.7) Award Jury: group of 5 (five) to 7 (seven) members, invited by PIPA Board, who will select the winner of PIPA among the 4 (four) finalists.
1.8) PIPA 2015 Winner: the artist selected by the Award Jury among the 4 (four) finalists.
1.9) PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition: category in which the general public at the PIPA Finalists’ exhibition at MAM-Rio vote on their favourite artist among the four finalists.
1.10) PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2015 Winner: Finalist Artist who receives the largest number of valid votes for PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition category.
1.11) PIPA Online and PIPA Online Popular Vote : categories in which all the Participating Artists (qualified above on item 1.5), are invited to take part in an internet vote.
1.12) PIPA Online 2015 Winner: selected by a Jury among the 5 (five) most voted artists on PIPA Online voting criteria. The Jury for the online award is composed by Lucrecia Vinhaes (coordinator and a board member of PIPA and IP Institute), Luiz Camillo Osorio (MAM-Rio’s curator and PIPA Board member) and a representative of Sacatar Foundation.
1.13) PIPA Online Popular Vote  2015 Winner: the artist with the highest number of votes on PIPA’s Online voting system.
1.14) MAM-Rio: Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro, based in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro, at Avenida Infante Dom Henrique # 85, Gloria, CEP 02021-140, CNPJ/MF# 33.467.002/0001-44.
1.15) IIP: Instituto Investidor Profissional, based in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro, at Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, # 255, 9th floor, Leblon, CNPJ/MF # 11.760.852/0001-05

2- Governance

2.1) The PIPA Board 2015 eight (8) members are:
○ Carlos Alberto Chateaubriand
○ Christiano Guimarães Fonseca Filho
○ Flávio Pinheiro
○ Lucrécia Calcado Vinhaes
○ Luiz Camillo Osorio
○ Marcos Augusto Machado Gonçalves
○ Moacir do Anjos
○ Roberto Vinhaes
2.2) PIPA’s Board has the following powers and duties:
(i) Contribute to the credibility and visibility of PIPA, coordinating its management and execution.
(ii) Ensure compliance with the rules of PIPA, especially this Regulation.
(iii) Coordinate the process of selecting members of the Nominating Committee and members of the Award Jury.
(iv) Discuss and propose possible changes in PIPA’s Regulation.
(v) Decide, ultimately, about all the possible omissions and all the questions that may be presented in connection with this Regulation and PIPA.

3- Participation
3.1) Participation in PIPA is free and and takes place only through the acceptance of invitation by the Nominated Artists.
3.2) The selection of the participating artists in PIPA 2015 will occur as follows:
3.2.1) Each member of the Nominating Committee will nominate up to 3 (three) artists based on the criteria of being an artist with a recent and promising trajectory, already highlighted in the contemporary art scenario. Members of the Nominating Committee must have in mind the value of the award for the artistic development of the winner’s career. Art dealers who are members of the Nominating Committee may not indicate artists who are represented by them.
3.2.2) PIPA’s Coordination will invite the Nominated Artists to take part in PIPA. Become Participating Artists those who sign the “Term of Participation” and accomplish all the requirements of PIPA Coordination within the terms fixed.
3.3) PIPA Board will select from among those Participating Artists, 4 (four) finalists, taking as one of the criteria the number of indications received.
3.3.1) The 4 (four) Finalists should present artworks of their own, preferable but not necessarily new, for the exhibition to be held at MAM-Rio, in accordance with the Museum’s curatorship. The artists may compete with works in any media or format.
3.4) Participation in PIPA, as well as the accuracy of information provided for PIPA Coordination are the sole responsibility of the participants.
3.5) Neither members of the Nominating Committee nor members of the Award Jury are not accepted as PIPA Participating Artists.
3.6) PIPA winners (elected by the Award Jury) in previous editions of the Award can not be nominated. All other Participating Artists in other editions of the Prize, even the winners in other categories (Popular Vote, PIPA Online, PIPA Online Popular Vote) can compete in the following years.
3.7) Criteria for disqualification and exclusion from PIPA:
3.7.1) Artists who do not fit in the nominating requirements.
3.7.2) Artworks that are not made by the Participating Artists.
3.7.3) Participants who commit any kind of fraud.
3.8) May also be disqualified and excluded from PIPA:
3.8.1) Artists who do not present all required documents within the time limit established by PIPA Coordination.
3.8.2) Nominations by members of the Nominating Committee received after the time limit established by PIPA Coordination.

4- Awards

4.1) All Participating Artists will be entitled to:
4.1.1) Profile page on PIPA’s website, Portuguese version (
4.1.2) Profile page on PIPA’s website, English version (
4.1.3) Take part in a video produced exclusively for PIPA 2015 to be published on PIPA’s websites.
4.1.4) Insertion in print edition of PIPA 2015 catalogue.
PIPA Online and PIPA Online Popular Vote
4.2) PIPA Online category will happen in two rounds. Artists who obtain more than 500 votes on the first round move on to the second round. The score will not be reseted for the beginning of the second round.
4.2.1) The artist with the highest number of votes wins PIPA Online Popular Vote 2015 and receives a donation of R$6,000 (six thousand Reais).
4.2.2) PIPA Online Winner: selected by a Jury among the five artists with the highest number of votes, based on his/her portfolio, artist’s page on the website and in PIPA Online voting system, will receive a donation of R$12,000 (twelve thousand Reais) in addition to a two month artist residency programme at Sacatar Foundation, at Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil.
4.2.3) If only one artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, he/she will be declared PIPA Online Popular Vote and PIPA Online winner without the need of a second round.
4.2.4) If no artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, there will be no PIPA Online Popular Vote Winner.
4.2.5) If no artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, the jury will select PIPA Online Winner amongst the five most voted artists based on the portfolio and artist’s page at the website.
PIPA Finalists
4.3) The 4 ( four) finalists will be entitled to:
4.3.1) PIPA 2015 Finalist Certificate.
4.3.2) Highlighted insertion in PIPA 2015 catalogue, including a brief profile and images of his/her artworks.
4.3.3) Donation of R$ 20,000 (twenty-thousand Reais), given between the moment his/her announcement as one of the PIPA’s finalists and the exhibition set up. This amount will be considered part of the total of the prize to be received for the finalists that become PIPA or Popular Vote exhibition winners.
PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition
4.4) The winner of this category will be entitled to:
4.4.1) PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2015 Winner Certificate.
4.4.2) Additional donation of R$ 20,000 (twenty-thousand Reais), for a total of R$ 40,000.00 (forty-thousand Reais) since he/she has already received $ 20,000 as a finalist.
4.5) The Award Jury will select, during an Assembly, the winner based on the portfolio, the artwork(s) presented at MAM-Rio’s exhibition and on the award to be received. The weight of the factors is at the members of the Award Jury sole discretion, and may even vary each year.
The PIPA 2015 Winner elected by the Award Jury will be entitled to:
4.5.1) PIPA 2015 Winner Certificate.
4.5.2) Additional donation of R$ 90,000 (ninety thousand Reais), of which a part might be used for a benefit to be defined by PIPA’s Board. The benefit may be used to fund the winner’s participation in an international artistic residency programme, an exhibition, a participation in an international art fair or other.
4.5.3) The sum of the value above (item 4.5.2), with the amount of R$ 10,000 (ten-thousand Reais) of the item 4.3.3 (regarding finalist status) makes a total of R$ 130,000 (one hundred and thirty thousand Reais).
4.5.4) The benefit defined by PIPA’s Board and the donation can not be segregated, with the exception of artist resignation or impossibility of the winner, in which case the beneficiary will be decided by the Board Member and Member of the Award Jury – Luiz Camillo Osorio.
Awards – Additional information
4.6) The same artist may win PIPA, Popular Vote Exhibition, PIPA Online and PIPA Online Popular Vote.
4.6.1) The finalist(s) who not comply with the requirements of this Regulation will be disqualified and will lose the awards.
4.6.1) The use of images that will comprise PIPA’s  annual catalogue, referred as award , on the terms of the item 4.1, shall be in the sole and exclusive responsibility of the Participating Artists themselves, which should submit the image file according to the request by PIPA Coordination.

5- Artists’ duties

5.1) All values of donation to artists described in this Regulation correspond to the total disbursement to be made by IIP. It is up to artists and / or their galleries, when applicable, to afford all expenses relating to their respective participation in PIPA and the fulfillment of the obligations established herein, including but not limited to; travel tickets, food, insurance, assembly and disassembly, transport of works, delivery of works donated, payment of any taxes or penalties for ECAD (when he or she uses music in its works), etc.
5.2) All amounts donated by IIP to the artists are gross, ie any taxes, fees, contributions, fines, interest on late payments, etc. are the responsibility of the Participating Artists.
5.3) The Finalists Artists are encouraged to present new works, but this is not a requirement of PIPA. The organisation suggests that according to the dimensions of the work, the artist presents more than one work.
5.4) Each one of the four (4) finalists agrees to donate an artwork of his/her own to MAM-Rio, as well as transfer or assign any pecuniary rights relating to the donated works, such as reproduction, transmission and exhibition for MAM-Rio.
5.4.1) The curator of MAM-Rio, in agreement with each of PIPA’s 2015 finalists, will choose the works which the Museum will receive as a donation.
5.5) The winner(s) of PIPA and PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2015, shall donate furthermore, a second artwork to the IIP, as well as transfer or assign any pecuniary rights relating to the donated works, such as reproduction, transmission and exhibition for IIP.
5.5.1) IIP Board, in agreement with the winners of PIPA 2015 and of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2015, will choose the artworks to be donated, by the winners, to IIP.
5.5.2) MAM-Rio has preference over IIP regarding the choice of works to be donated.
5.6) The winners of PIPA Online 2015 and PIPA Online Popular Vote  2015, shall donate an artwork of their own to IIP, chosen by IIP Board in agreement with the artists, as well as transfer or assign any pecuniary rights relating to the donated works, such as reproduction, transmission and exhibition.
5.7) As the donations from IIP to the Finalists and Winners, the donations from the artists to MAM-Rio and to IIP are also cumulatives.
5.8) The participants of PIPA, including the winners, assume full and sole responsibility in respect of all and any claims by third parties who were disadvantaged by their participation.
5.9) The participants of PIPA, including the winners, allow the use of their names, pictures and voice, free of charges in all PIPA’s publishing.

6- General

6.1) IIP and MAM-Rio are exempt, with the express agreement of the participants, from any liability in case of technical problems which may, temporarily or permanently, modify or prevent the disclosure of any content of PIPA.
6.2) PIPA is purely cultural in character, not involving any kind of chance or connection with the purchase of products or services and therefore not dependent on any official agency authorisation, pursuant to Law 5.768/71 and other applicable legal provisions.
6.3) IIP and MAM-Rio reserve the right, at its own discretion, to change the terms of this Regulation, informing participants in advance, by notices on PIPA website, always bound by legal principles and respect for the participants.
6.4) The selection and judging criteria are set directly by PIPA Board and the Award Jury, whose decisions are final and sovereign and there will no possible revisions.
6.5) Loss of entitlement to the prize will occur if the winner is unable to receive it. In this case the right to the prize will be transferred to the participant ranked in the subsequent position.
6.6) Any question, dispute or situation not covered by this Regulation shall be assessed and decided by PIPA Board, whose decision is sovereign and unappealable.
6.7) Participation in PIPA Prize implies full agreement with this Regulation.
6.8) This is a free translation from the Regulation in its official version, in Portuguese.

7- Timetable

7.1) PIPA Prize 2015 will have the following schedule:
● February 6th – PIPA 2015 Launching
● February 27th – Announcement of the Nominating Committee
● March 9th to 13th – Announcement of the Nominated Artists
● 12th June – Announcement of PIPA’s finalists
● 19th July – First round of PIPA Online begins
● 26th July – End of PIPA Online’s first round
● 2rd August – PIPA Online’s second round begins
● 9th August – End of PIPA Online’s second round
● 10th August – PIPA Online Popular Vote Winner’s announcement
● 12th September – PIPA’s exhibition at MAM-Rio opening
● 16th October – Award Jury members announcement
● 1st November – End of the voting for PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition
● 4th November – PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition winner announcement
● 11th November – PIPA winner announcement
● 15th November – End of PIPA’s exhibition at MAM

7.2) Although great efforts are made by IIP and MAM-Rio always looking for compliance to follow this schedule, given to the large number of participants and matters involved, it is not possible to guarantee total compliance.

8 – Communication
8.1) PIPA’s main vehicle of communication is through its own website ( and )

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