The Mediolanum Award for Painting (now in its second edition) focuses on painting, a medium poised between tradition and innovation, that in recent decades has witnessed an explosion of technical and conceptual experimentation, welcoming challenges posed by new technologies as well as by identity-related, ecological, and social issues.
The Award was the acquisition of a work exhibited in Pittura XXI, curated by Davide Ferri, a section making its debut at Arte Fiera 2020. The winning work became part of the Casa Mediolanum Padova art collection.
Stefano Pirrone is Wealth Advisor Banca Mediolanum, Senior Private Manager and Chief Extraordinary Operations at Banca Mediolanum.
Luca Bertolo (Milano, 1968). Degree course in Computer Science (1987-1992). Painting Degree at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano (1998). Has lived in Milano, São Paulo, London, Berlin and Vienna. From 2006 lives in a village on the Apuan Alps. Has shown his works in public institutions and private galleries among which MART, Rovereto; GAM, Torino; GNAM, Roma; Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge; Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato; MACRO, Rome; Nomas Foundation, Rome; SpazioA, Pistoia; Arcade, London/Bruxelles; Fondazione Prada, Milano; 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London; Marc Foxx, Los Angeles; uqbar, Berlin; Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent; The Goma, Madrid. Since 2010 has contributed several articles to italian art magazines. A collection of his texts on art has been recently published: I baffi del bambino. Scritti sull’arte e sugli artisti, Quodlibet, 2018. Since 2015 teaches Painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna.
Gianluca Ranzi (Milan, 1968) since 1996 is the chief curator of the Mudima Foundation in Milan. Working mainly on Fluxus, Gutai and Mono-Ha he developed exhibiting projects with Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono, Lee Ufan, Cèsar, Wolf Vostell, Daniel Spoerri, Santiago Sierra, Oleg Kulik, Zhang Xiaogang, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Gordon Matta-Clark, collaborating with the Venice Biennale, the Auditorium in Rome, the Festivals of Ravello and Spoleto, Expo 2015, the Osaka Art Museum, the Toyota Museum and the magazine Alfabeta edited by Nanni Balestrini e Umberto Eco. He lives and works between Milan, Berlin and Antwerp.
Riccardo Venturi, contemporary art historian and critic, was born in Rome and has lived in Paris since 2002. After receiving his Ph.D. in history and aesthetics of art from Università Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Phillips Collection Center for the Study of Modern Art and at George Washington University in Washington, as well as a resident at the National Institute of Art History (INHA) in Paris (2012-2016).
His publications include: Mark Rothko. Lo spazio e la sua disciplina (Electa 2007), Black paintings. Eclissi sul modernismo (Electa 2008), and Passione dell’indifferenza. Francesco Lo Savio (Humboldt Books 2018). He also curated the recent Lo Savio retrospective at MART in Rovereto.
He contributes regularly to “Artforum,” “Alias – Il Manifesto,” and www.doppiozero.com.
In 2018-2019 he was a resident in history and theory of art at Academie de France Villa Medici, Rome. He is currently a professor of Theory and History of representation methods at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.