Regulation 2018

PIPA Prize is an initiative of  PIPA Insitute in partnership with the Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro – MAM-Rio. It was designed to promote and give visibility to Brazilian art and artists, the city of Rio de Janeiro, and to encourage the domestic production of contemporary art.

PIPA Prize aims to select artists as winners of 3 (three) categories: PIPA, PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition, and PIPA Online, 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 including representatives of PIPA Institute, MAM-Rio, and other renowned art experts, Brazilian or foreign, who work within the field of contemporary art.

1.2) PIPA Coordination: a team of employees and volunteers from PIPA Institute.

1.3) Nominating Committee: A group of 20 (twenty) to 40 (forty) renowned professionals, Brazilian or foreign, that work within the field of contemporary art, invited by PIPA’s Board, of which each member will nominate 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 Nomination Committee, signs the “Terms 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’s Board, amongst the Participating Artists (qualified above on item 1.5)

1.7) Award Jury: a group of 5 (five) to 7 (seven) members, invited by PIPA Board, who will elect the winner of PIPA amongst the 4 (four) finalists.

1.8) PIPA 2018 Winner: the artist selected by the Award Jury amongst the four finalists.

1.9) PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition: category in which the public at the PIPA Finalists’ exhibition at MAM-Rio votes on their favourite artist amongst the four finalists.

1.10) PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2018 Winner: Artist, amongst the four finalists, who receives the largest number of valid votes for PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition category.

1.11) PIPA Online: category 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 2018 Winner: the artist with the highest number of votes after the second round of the online voting category award.

1.13) PIPA Online 2018 second place: the second artist with the highest number of votes after the second round of the online voting category in 2016.

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) PIPA Institute, based in the City and State of Rio de Janeiro, at Rua Visconde de Pirajá, 509 casa 1, Ipanema,CEP 22410-003, CNPJ/MF # 11.760.852/0001-05

2 – Governance

2.1) The PIPA Board 2018 eight (8) members are:

○ Carlos Alberto Chateaubriand
○ Flávio Pinheiro
○ Fernando Cocchiarale
○ Kiki Mazzucchelli
○ Lucrécia Calcado Vinhaes
○ Luiz Camillo Osorio
○ Moacir do Anjos
○ Roberto Vinhaes

2.2) The PIPA Board have 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 takes place only through the acceptance of the invitation by the Nominated Artists.

3.2) The selection of the participating artists in PIPA 2018 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 Brazilian contemporary art scene. The members of the Nominating Committee must have in mind the value of the award for the artistic development of the winner’s career. Gallerists 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 “Terms of Participation” and accomplish all the requirements of PIPA Coordination within the terms fixed.

3.3) PIPA’s Board will select from amongst the 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 artwork(s) of their own authorship, preferably but not necessarily new, for the exhibition to be held at MAM-Rio under the curatorship of Luiz Camillo Osorio in partnership with the Curator of MAM-Rio. The artists can present 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 may not be 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 or PIPA Online) can compete in new editions.

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 at PIPA website, Portuguese version (
4.1.2) Profile page at PIPA website, English version (
4.1.3) Take part in a video produced exclusively for PIPA 2018 to be published on PIPA’s websites.
4.1.4) Insertion in print edition of PIPA 2016 catalogue.

PIPA Online

4.2) PIPA Online category will happen in two rounds. Artists who obtain more than 500 votes in the first round move on to the second round. The score will be reset to the beginning of the second round.
4.2.1) The artist who obtains the highest number of votes at the end of the second round of the online voting wins PIPA Online 2018 and receives R$10,000 (ten thousand Reais).
4.2.2) The artist who obtains the second highest number of votes at the end of the second round of the online voting wins the second place and receives R$5,000 (five thousand Reais).
4.2.3) If only one artist receives more than 500 votes in the first round, he/she will be announced 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 Winner.
4.2.5) Voters need to vote in at least 3 (three) artists in order for the vote to be validated in both the 1st (first) and 2nd (second) rounds.

PIPA Finalists

4.3) The 4 ( four) finalists will be entitled to:

4.3.1) Highlighted insertion in PIPA 2018 catalogue, including a critical text written exclusively for the catalogue by an art critic of the artist’s choice. The art critic will receive a payment established by PIPA Institute.
4.3.2) Donation of R$ 12,000 (twelve 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) Additional donation of R$ 12,000 (twelve thousand Reais), for a total of R$ 24,000.00 (twenty-four thousand Reais) since he/she will have already received $ 12,000 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 to the members of the Award Jury sole discretion, and may even vary each year.

The PIPA 2016 Winner elected by the Award Jury will be entitled to:

4.5.1) Additional donation of R$ 118,000 (one hundred and eighteen thousand Reais), of which a part will be used to fund an artistic residency programme, for three months, at Residency Unlimited, New York, USA.
4.5.2) The sum of the value above (item 4.5.1), with the amount of R$ 12,000 (twelve thousand Reais) of the item 4.3.2 (regarding finalist status) adds to a total of R$ 130,000 (one hundred and thirty thousand Reais).
4.5.3) The benefit defined by PIPA Board and the donation can not be segregated, except in the case of resigning 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.
4.5.4) In the case of an art collective winning the main award, one of the members should be chosen, by the collective, to participate in the artistic residency programme. The monetary donation should be shared amongst all members of the group.

4.6) Awards – Additional information

4.6.1) The same artist may win PIPA, Popular Vote Exhibition, and PIPA Online.
4.6.2) The finalist(s) who not comply with the requirements of this Regulation will be disqualified and will lose the award(s).
4.6.3) The use of images that will comprise PIPA’s  annual catalogue, referred as an award , on the terms of item 4.1, shall be 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 PIPA Institute. It is up to artists and / or their galleries, when applicable, to afford all expenses relating 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 PIPA Institute 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 organization suggests that according to the dimensions of the work, the artist presents more than one work. The participating artist is solely responsible for the rights of their works and will be held responsible for the authorship of the same, and will be held judicially responsible in the case of forgery or any questioning regarding the veracity of the informed authorship.
5.3.1) The finalists should present a proposal of the work(s) that will be shown at the finalists’ exhibition to MAM-Rio’s curatorial team at least one month before the opening of the show.

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 2018 finalists, will choose the works which the Museum will receive as the donation.

5.5) The winner(s) of PIPA and PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2018, shall donate furthermore, a second artwork for the PIPA Institute, as well as transfer or assign any pecuniary rights relating to the donated works, such as reproduction, transmission, and exhibition for PIPA Institute.
5.5.1) PIPA’s Board, in agreement with the winners of PIPA 2018 and of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2018, will choose the artworks to be donated, by the winners, to PIPA Institute.
5.5.2) MAM-Rio has the preference over PIPA Institute regarding the choice of works to be donated.

5.6) The winner of  PIPA Online 2018, and the runner-up artist, shall donate an artwork of their own for PIPA Institute, chosen by PIPA’s 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 PIPA Institute to the finalists and winners, the donations from the artists to MAM-Rio and to PIPA Institute are also cumulative.

5.8) The participants of PIPA Prize, 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 Prize, including the winners, allow the use of their names, pictures and voice, free of charges in all PIPA Prize, PIPA Institute, and PIPA Global Investment publishing.

6 – General

6.1) PIPA Institute 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 Prize.

6.2) PIPA Prize 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 authorization, pursuant to Law 5.768/71 and other applicable legal provisions.

6.3) PIPA Institute 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 Prize 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 award 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 2018 will have the following schedule:

January 19th – PIPA 2018 Launching – Ninth edition of the Prize, together with the announcement of the Board the disclosure of the Regulation & Schedule
February 2nd – Nominating Committee announcement
February 19th-23rd – Announcement of the Nominees
June 15th – Announcement of PIPA’s finalists
July 15th – First round of PIPA Online begins
July 22nd – End of PIPA Online’s first round
July 29th – PIPA Online’s second round begins
August 5th – End of PIPA Online second round
August 6th – PIPA Online Winner announcement
September 1st– PIPA exhibition opening at MAM-Rio
October 5th –  Award Jury members announcement
October 7th – End of the voting for PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition
October 19th –  PIPA and PIPA Popular Vote winners announcement
October 29th – End of PIPA’s exhibition at MAM-Rio

7.2) Although great efforts are made by PIPA Institute and MAM-Rio always looking for compliance to follow this schedule, given to a 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 site ( and

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