Pomilio Blumm Prize, art anticipating communication

The first edition of the Pomilio Blumm Prize, the first Italian docu-reality on contemporary art, has just concluded with Aldo Giannotti’s victory. Michelangelo Pistoletto as the chairman of the jury composed by Alessandra Mammì (L’Espresso) and Gianfranco Maraniello (MART director), Fabiola Naldi and Lorenzo Balbi as curators and special “talent-scouts”, and Giacomo Nicolella Maschitti as the anchorman, participated to the programme that was broadcasted on Sky Arte HD.

Episode by episode, with Pomilio Blumm Prize the audience has been exploring the “backstage” of the creative and manufacturing process leading to the birth of an art work.

After three duels and the selection of the three finalists, on the last episode the challenge was between Elena Nemkova from Russia, the Portuguese artist of Angolan origins Delio Jasse and the Italian Aldo Giannotti; this latter has been awarded “for identifying a weld point between apparently distant worlds, and for being able to embed within the artistic space the media space and time, combining all the themes of the competition: identity, the relationship between man and technology and the idea of public space”.

The jurors expressed their satisfaction for this experience: «We started from the social role of art – commented Michelangelo Pistoletto – and we achieved the result of finding the artist who better interpreted this vision that art brings to the world».

Franco Pomilio, the award creator, has also expressed his satisfaction: «The idea of Pomilio Blumm Prize – he said – came from the intuition of “using” artistic talents as pioneers in reading the languages affecting people, and the task has been performed greatly with interesting cultural contaminations».

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