Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation's International Contemporary Art Prize 2012-13

Nominations for the Contemporary Art Prize are open until 12th March 2012. New artistic director: Abdellah Karroum.
Mar 2012

Previous winners: Saâdane Afif, Su-Mei Tse, Carlos Garaicoa, Candice Breitz, Guido van der Werve, Didier Marcel.

The Prince Pierre Foundation has invited Abdellah Karroum, its new Artistic Director, to review and reshape the format of the Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation's International Contemporary Art Prize (PIAC). This prize was presented for the first time in 1965 and has been organised by the Prince Pierre Foundation since 1983.

Abdellah Karroum is an independent Artistic Director. He was born in the Rif, Morocco, in 1970. From 1993 to 1996 he worked at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary art in Bordeaux. More recently, he was associate curator for various international art biennials, including Dakar in 2006, Gwangju in 2008 and Marrakech in 2009. He also initiated the Le Bout du Monde (The Ends of the Earth) art expeditions, with artists and researchers in several continents. His most iconic project was L'Appartement 22 (Appartment 22), an independent art space. This unique space in Rabat, Morocco, was created in 2002 and is still used today for exhibitions and an "artists in residence" programme. Abdellah Karroum was also the creator of <emphasize>Délégation artistique</emphasize> (Curatorial Delegation), a methodology for collective artistic projects. He founded the research laboratory <emphasize>Art, Technologie et Ecologie</emphasize> (Art, Technology and Ecology) and is still its Director. This laboratory is a "micro academy" and is linked to<emphasize> L'appartement 22</emphasize>. It operates in association with various institutions, including the Cinematheque in Tangiers. Abdellah Karroum is also associate curator of the 2012 Triennial at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and curator of the Biennale Benin 2012.

He hopes to make the PIAC a driving force in contemporary art, but still with a strong focus on the work of art. Therefore, for the 45th Contemporary Art Prize, a new award will be created for a text on the subject of art, in addition to the prize for an artwork. A third prize will also be awarded. It will take the form of funding, to enable the prizewinner to attend or give lectures, with a view to encouraging the sharing of knowledge.

The International Contemporary Art Prize

The International Contemporary Art Prize is now awarded on a three-yearly basis. It is given for a recent work, nominated by an expert (for example an art critic, exhibition curator, researcher, collector, the director of an public or private institution, etc.)

Since 2005, the prize has been awarded to Carlos Garaicoa, Saâdane Afif, Candice Breitz, Didier Marcel, Su-Mei Tse and Guido van der Werve.

The amount of the award has been increased. The prizewinner receives 40,000 euros, of which 20,000 euros is in the form of funding for a new artwork or artworks.

The winner of the 45th International Contemporary Art Prize will be announced in spring 2012.

The awards ceremony will take place in Monaco and the winning work will be on show at a special exhibition, as part of an international event. Both the prize ceremony and the exhibition will take place in the second half of 2013. Two awards have been created to complement the International Contemporary Art Prize:

A prize for a text on the subject of art, to be awarded annually. The text is selected on the basis of its informative and/or critical approach, its contribution to the development of art criticism and the links it creates between art and other areas of research. The winner will receive an award of 5,000 euros, to be presented at a ceremony in Monaco in the autumn. The prize for a text will be awarded for the first time in 2012.

Also new is a prize in the form of funding, to enable the prizewinner to attend or give lectures, with a view to encouraging the sharing of knowledge. It will be awarded on an annual basis to a researcher, exhibition curator or artist and amounts to 2,000 euros. This funding will be awarded for the first time in 2012.

The Artistic Advisory Board

The Artistic Advisory Board is presided over by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover and is involved in ongoing work on artistic creation.
The Vice-President is Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of the NMNM (Nouveau Musée National de Monaco), (New National Museum of Monaco). The Board is comprised of the architect Philippe Rahm, exhibitions curator Maria Lind and art critics and exhibition curators Michel Enrici, Lorenzo Fusi and Chantal Pontbriand.
In addition, a different well-known figure will be invited to participate in each of the Council's sessions. Hou Hanru, an independent exhibitions curator, will take part in the 2013 session.

The Artistic Director also consults regularly with a consultative committee, comprised of renowned persons from the world of contemporary art, on issues related to artistic creation. The aim is to create closer links with the international art circuits. It is hoped that this new approach will open up the ICAP to research, as is already the case in the Principality in other fields, such as music and ecology. Members of the consultative committee include Clementine Deliss (Director of the Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt), Bartomeu Mari (Director of the MACBA, Barcelona), Aruna D'Souza (art historian and writer) and Xenia Kalpaktsoglou (Co-Director of the Athens Biennial).

A meeting area with a library and the PIAC archives will be established at the beginning of 2012, and developed further in the future.

A creative workshop will also be organised, offering residencies for artists. These artists will be selected as a result of collaboration with the Principality's cultural institutions.

More information:

Press Office
Philippe Boulet
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International Contemporary Art Prize
Overall Coordination
Virginie Raimbert
piac(at)fondationprincepierre.mc
Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation
4, bd des Moulins – 98 000 MONACO
http://www.fondationprincepierre.mc/
tel: + 377 98 98 85 15
General Management
Josiane Debieuvre
jd(at)fondationprincepierre.mc

(Press information)

Artistic Director: Abdellah Karroum

The International Contemporary Art Prize is awarded for a recent work, nominated by an expert. The prizewinner receives 40,000 €, of which 20,000 € is funding for a new artwork.

Nominations for the Contemporary Art Prize are open until 12th March 2012


New complementary awards:
- A prize for a critical text
- A funding prize for attending or giving lectures

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Also new up from 2012:
A meeting area with a library and the PIAC archives will be established.
A creative workshop will also be organised, offering residencies for artists.

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