Valued art

On October 10, at the Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo, the 26th edition of the Montblanc Prize of the Culture Arts Patronage took place. The award highlights the importance of artistic patronage in communities around the world and brings recognition to modern patrons in 17 countries.

The great winner was Solange Farkas, who received the award in recognition of her work at the Videobrasil Cultural Association, which promotes the Sesc-Videobrasil International Contemporary Art Festival. It was through the work of Solange Farkas that the event became the main festival of video art production in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Co-Chairmen of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, Till Fellrath and Sam Bardaouil, and Alain dos Santos, Managing Director of Montblanc Brasil, were present at the event to present the award, a limited edition of the writing instrument Patrono das Artes 2017, created in honor of Scipione Borghese, encapsulated within a trophy, in addition to a prize of 15 thousand euros to be donated to a cultural project to choose Farkas.

Paula Alzugaray, independent curator, art critic and editor of Select Art magazine and Luciano Cury, content director of Canal Arte1, Brazilian jurors who were part of the international jury of the award in 2017 were also present, as well as Jochen Volz, director of Pinacoteca of the State of São Paulo and member of the newly created Curatorium of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation. André Sturm, third Brazilian juror, was represented by his chief of staff at the Municipal Department of Culture, Juliana Velho.

Throughout its history, the Montblanc Prize of the Culture Arts Patronage has distributed approximately four million euros, benefiting around 250 cultural projects around the world. The projects that compete for the awards should be presided by people committed to developing and bringing the arts to a wider audience. Associação Videobrasil was created 34 years ago, with the increase in activity in Brazil. Today, the Festival has around 30 partner institutions around the world, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa, Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean Geopolitics, allowing a network of artists to support each other.

This year, we are holding the 20th edition of the Sesc-Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival, and the round number makes me think of the difficulties and joys that for more than three decades , resulted in the consolidation of this project, in which I was involved from the beginning.”

Check out the photos of the event below.

Juliana Velho, Solange Farkas, Patricia Rousseaux e Paula Alzugaray

Juliana Velho, Solange Farkas, Patricia Rousseaux e Paula Alzugaray

Alain dos Santos, Patricia Rousseaux, Jochen Volz e Paula Alzugaray

Alain dos Santos, Patricia Rousseaux, Jochen Volz e Paula Alzugaray

Alain dos Santos, Paula Alzugaray e Jochen Volz

Alain dos Santos, Paula Alzugaray e Jochen Volz

Raphael Rocha e Kadu Dantas

Raphael Rocha e Kadu Dantas

Sam Bardaouil, Solange Farkas, Till Fellrath e Alain dos Santos

Sam Bardaouil, Solange Farkas, Till Fellrath e Alain dos Santos

Sam Bardaouil e Till Fellrath

Sam Bardaouil e Till Fellrath