The first edition of Premio Guberti is held this year in Ravenna, a national award for italian artists under 40, curated by Elettra Stamboulis with the contribution of Comune di Ravenna and Regione Emilia-Romagna and with the support of Domus Nova Clinic.
The winners are selected by a national board composed of 11 members, including art critics, artists and publishers, and this year they are Elisa Strinna (Padoa, 1982) and Giuseppe De Mattia (Bari, 1980).
Giulio Guberti was a doctor and an art critic from Ravenna who curated, together with a board chaired by the then City Cultural Councillor Paola Patuelli, an important season of exhibitions, documented by some catalogues which are now collectors’ pieces, called Tradition of novelty (La tradizione del nuovo), exhibitions which took place at the former Pinacoteca Comunale (now MAR) from 1977 to 1981.
Thanks to that experience, relevant professionals developed within the city cultural fabric and the heritage of the future MAR expanded and reinforced. It is no coincidence that MAR itself is hosting the first edition of the award, holding from 23 June to 15 July the solo exhibitions of Elisa Strinna and Giuseppe de Mattia.
Starting from 2018, every two years a new edition of the award will delve into one of the fields investigated by Tradition of novelty, looking at 70’s: what is it left today of those years’ investigations and intuitions in the footsteps of artists and critics working at that time.
The project aims to bring in town artists carrying forward those investigations, despite the different time and place and consequently the different ‘tradition’. The catalogue, enriched by the contribution of many voices together with the winners’ ones, is published by Danilo Montanari Publisher and will be publicly presented in October 2018.