Pirelli Hangar Bicocca has won the 2018 Global Fine Art Award in the Best Impressionist and Modern category for solo artist shows. The award is part of the Global Fine Art Awards program, set up to recognize the best curated art, culture and design exhibitions around the world in museums, galleries, fairs, and biennials, as well as public installations. It has been won by Pirelli HangarBicocca for the exhibition Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments, which was on show in the exhibition space in Milan from 21 September 2017 to 25 February 2018. It was curated by Marina Pugliese, Barbara Ferriani and Vicente Todolí, and organised in collaboration with Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
For this fifth edition of the Global Fine Art Awards throughout the year, more than 2,000 exhibitions were researched and reviewed. In the 13 juried award categories, 94 exhibitions from 31 countries were ultimately selected by the nominating committee and judges as official nominees. The international jury consists of Savita Apte, James M. Bradburne, Gina Costa, Joe Lin-Hill, and Dean Phelus.
The exhibition Lucio Fontana: Ambienti/Environments, which was devoted to Lucio Fontana's environmental studies, was made up of two spatial interventions and nine Spatial Environments that had never previously been shown together, and that are of crucial importance in the artistic career of the twentieth-century master. The catalogue was published by Mousse Publishing. Some of the environments on display were reconstructed for the first time since the artist's death. This was made possible by the study and research carried out by the art historian Marina Pugliese and the restorer Barbara Ferriani, together with the fundamental contribution of Fondazione Lucio Fontana.
The 250,000 visitors registered during the opening period were able to see and enjoy Fontana's lesser-known works for the first time, learning about their historical importance, while also appreciating their contemporary relevance, which was highlighted by a display installation that created a dialogue with the former industrial structure of Pirelli HangarBicocca.
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