PIPA Prize is an initiative of PIPA Institute. It was created in 2010 to be the most prominent Brazilian prize in the Visual Arts. From 2010 to 2018, PIPA had a partnership with MAM-Rio, where the finalist’s exhibitions took place. Each of the four finalists of each year donated a work for the museum’s contemporary art collection. In 2019, the exhibition was held at Villa Aymoré, in Rio de Janeiro. In 2020, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the exhibition could not happen. The four finalists were announced winners. Since 2021, the PIPA Institute exhibitions are released at Paço Imperial.
The Prize was created with the aim to promote Brazilian art and artists by stimulating the domestic contemporary art production; motivating and supporting new (but not necessarily young) Brazilian artists; besides being an alternative model for the third sector.
PIPA’s goal is to award and give visibility to artists that have been distinguished by their works and who are already known in the Brazilian art scene. It is not to reveal new artists. It is an award.
There are no entries to run for the Prize. The artists that take part in the Award are nominated by the Nominating Committee, which changes yearly.
It is held annually and any artists with works in any media can be nominated, without age restrictions.
- PIPA Awarded Artists = each of the four artists receive a donation of R$20.000.
- PIPA Online winner = The two most voted artists by the end of the second round receives R$ 5.000,00 each.