History of the Prize

The Ariane de Rothschild Prize was established in Lisbon in 2003 to encourage the development of the practice of contemporary art.

Following three consecutive editions in Portugal, the Prize was organized in other major European art capitals: Brussels in 2008, and now Milan in 2011.

Since 2008, the prize has grown in ambition to offer more than a simple monetary award. It enables the prizewinner to attend a prestigious art school as artist in residence, combining the study of artistic theory and practice. In this respect, the Prize sets itself apart from many other international competitions. Although artists need financial support to develop their work, education and training are equally essential.

The Milan edition in April 2011 marks the fifth time the Ariane de Rothschild Foundation will provide a springboard for the talent of emerging young artists.

This new event upholds the original philosophy of the Prize while building on previous editions. It moreover features a new addition: a network of ambassadors who will assist the Foundation and the curators to convey the values and objectives of the Prize, and who will continue to support the young Italian artists selected at the end of the exhibition.

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