Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, curators and chairman of the Montblanc Foundation, based in Hamburg, Germany. Photo- Coil Lopes
Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, curators and chairman of the Montblanc Foundation, based in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Coil Lopes

Curators and co-chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath participate this Tuesday night (10) in the award ceremony for the Brazilian edition of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, which will be held, for guests, at the Pinacoteca from Sao Paulo.

In its 26th edition, the second in Brazil, the award, which enshrines artistic patronage initiatives in 17 countries and allocates 15 euros to the winners for new projects, will today announce the big winner among three nominees.

Selected by an international jury made up of 51 personalities from different areas, the Brazilian competitors are: Instituto Cria de TV, Cinema e Novas Mídias, created by presenter Luciano Huck; Associação Cultural Videobrasil, founded and directed by curator Solange Farkas; and the Ricardo Brennand Institute, directed by the entrepreneur and collector from Pernambuco (read more).

This Monday (9), starting a series of interviews for the local press, the pair of curators opened the agenda of conversations in a meeting with the report of page B!.

“For about a year and a few months we have been acting as directors and curators of the Montblanc Foundation, and it has been a fantastic journey. It is very gratifying to see the responses that institutions from so many countries have given to the foundation's activities. We learned a lot and together we had great ideas that will be developed in the coming years”, said Bardaouil.

“In Brazil, this is the second year that we are rewarding patrons for their contributions to the country's arts (read coverage of the first edition). In the last year, we also created an international curatorial board made up of professionals from the artistic field, and one of them, who is based in Brazil, Jochen Volz, is known for his work at the Pinacoteca de São Paulo and also as a curator of the last Bienal de São Paulo. . The idea, with this curatorial advice, is to create a network of contacts that increase our searches. The fact that we chose someone who is in Brazil to contribute with us is also a way of reaffirming how much we believe in the art made in the country”, added Fellrath.

During the interview, Bardaouil and Fellrath also announced that artists benefiting from patrons from the 17 countries awarded the prize will have commissioned works that, while expanding the collection of the Montblanc collection, will also be shown to the public in exhibitions and biennials. “Employership, for us, means something very important. It's about people investing substantial resources, time and money, to support artists in creating for people the possibility to change the cultural landscape of the communities they come from,” reiterated Bardaouil.

Brazil on the world stage of the arts

“One of the reasons we are very excited to be here is the fact that Brazil is a country with great contributions to art, not only in the last ten or 20 years, but for centuries. Since the 18th century, Brazil has had a great tradition in painting and sculpture, coming from cities like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, among others”, defends Baradouil, before listing some of his favorite Brazilian artists, such as Tarsila do Amaral, José Pancetti, Lasar Segall, Geraldo de Barros and Di Cavalcanti. The latter, highlights the curator, “now has a brilliant exhibition at the Pinacoteca”, referring to the exhibition In the suburbs of modernity – Di Cavalcanti 120 years, curated by José Augusto Ribeiro.

Attentive to the contemporary issues of Brazilian art, Bardaouil and Fellrath closely follow the stir created by the exhibition Queermuseu, which was showing at Santander Cultural, in Porto Alegre, and was closed early, under accusations of apology for zoophilia and pedophilia, and the accusation of pedophilia also attributed to the performance The Beast (read review by Fabio Cypriano), performed by the artist Wagner Schwartz at the opening of the 35th Panorama of Brazilian Art, at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MAM).

“I think it is very important for the artistic patronage network, in addition to supporting artists, to create the necessary space for them to express themselves freely. No matter the circumstances, it is absolutely important that they are able to reinvent themselves and question things around them. One of the most important values ​​for an art patron is to create open spaces where artists can experiment without limits. Something we strongly believe in is freedom of expression for artists, and we are happy to be able to express this support here in Brazil,” said Fellrath.

Check it out this Wednesday (10), at page B!, full coverage of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award ceremony.

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