MAC - museo d'arte contemporanea viale Elisa Ancona 6, 20851 Lissone, MB, Italia
Opening times: Wed & Fri: 12 - 6 pm / Thu: 4 - 11 pm / Sat & Sun: 10 -12 am & 3 - 7 pm
The new course of the Lissone Prize, whose prestigious tradition dates back to the 50’s and 60’s, comes this year to its Tenth Edition. After several changes in the exhibition format, in 2016 the Prize introduced thematic sections that converted the exhibition into a real exhibition/survey on painting.
Choosing to differentiate itself from similar art prizes, the Lissone Prize is renewed for the second consecutive year, shedding skin (like a snake) and changing colour (like a chameleon). Pursuing new criteria and new exhibition formats, the new Prize intends to update and improve its methodological approaches. The 2018 Edition therefore reconfirms the formula of the direct invitation: a prerogative of the historic Lissone Prize, as well as of the editions held from 2002 to 2007 and an evidence of exclusivity and prestige. Besides, the current Prize wants to be intergenerational as well as international, with the objective to face and deepen the latest tendencies of the discipline of painting.
In particular, the 2018 Edition questions metapictorial language, presenting two sections whose titles borrow quotes by Robert Motherwell – "To end up with a canvas that is no less beautiful than the empty canvas is to begin with " – and by Philippe Sollers – "It is strange to keep on thinking that painting is made to be seen ". A third section, on the other hand, is inspired by the famous aphorism by Barnett Newman – "Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting" – and proposes a close even symbiotic, dialogue between painting and sculpture.
A Hall of Honour is reserved for Jiří Kolář [1914 ~ 2002] and his Ornithology, works in which a small compendium of painting "nestles"; through the technique of intercalage, the artist has interpenetrated the silhouettes of birds of prey and Lepidoptera with renown masterpieces of history of art (from Giotto to Van Eyck, from Ingres to Rousseau and Mondrian).
A second tribute is dedicated to André Masson [1896 ~ 1987], and not by chance: even today it is not clear whether he actually participated in the X Lissone Prize. Although no work by the artist is reproduced in the 1957 catalogue, one of his photographs is listed among the participants in the lissonese review. To Masson, therefore, the MAC dedicates its project room with a small group of works dating from the 1940s to the 1960s. In the mixed media works on paper emerges the great imaginative and subversive nature of the Surrealist Master who in the Eighties definitively gave up painting to devote himself exclusively to drawing and etching.
Alongside painting, sculpture and drawing, photography could not be missing. A particular commendation is given to Silvio Wolf for conceiving a site-specific intervention that wraps the Museum on both sides. Divided into two parts, the installation “Scala Reale MAC” interacts with the architectural space and establishes a relationship with the public, so that entering the building also means entering the work.
This year the Grand Prize of Painting and the Critics Prize will be awarded by a jury formed by Marco Meneguzzo, Demetrio Paparoni and Alberto Zanchetta. In accordance with past editions, the MAC has also provided a Career Award and an Estimation Award. A commission formed by Matteo Bergamini and Silvia Conta will deliberate on the assignment of an Editoria Award which will be given by Exibart magazine, media partner of the event.
The "courage to challenge oneself", that is to admire without slavishly emulating the historic Lissone Prize, is a distinct feature of this edition announced as the most influential and munificent of the last fifteen years.