1. THE PRIZE SCOPE AND DESCRIPTION
The Mario Merz Prize is promoted by the Fondazione Merz with the support of the Swiss Embassy in Italy, the Italian Embassy in Switzerland, the Piedmont Region, the City of Zurich and the City of Turin. With the collaboration of a Technical Committee, the Prize is supported by a distinguished International Honors Committee.
It consists of an Art section and a Music section.
The sole scope of the competition is the production of artwork with the aim to promote art and culture by recognizing and calling attention to significant artists in the field of the visual arts and music composition.
There are no restrictions with regard to age, nationality or artistic medium. Artists can participate with any type of work.
Artists participating in the selection are to be nominated by curators, museum directors, art critics, gallerists or members of other cultural associations. Artists cannot nominate themselves.
Each artist can receive multiple nominations. The institution or the person entering a nominee is in charge of providing the nominated artist with a full copy of these rules and regulations.
3. OPEN CALL TIMELINE
Entries must be submitted online, by completing the form for nominations on the website www.mariomerzprize.org from July 15, 2020 and no later than midnight on February 26, 2021 (Central European Time).
Nominations submitted before or after the dates indicated above will not be considered.
4. SUBMITTING A NOMINATION
There is no charge for submitting a nomination.
Applications must contain the personal details and profession of the person filling in the form, the artist personal data, a short biography, the critical motivation for the candidacy for the award and the materials. Other optional information and material can be submitted online.
Applications missing any of the required information or not complying with the Prize procedures will be excluded from the competition.
Full acceptance of the rules and regulations as stated herein is required for entry and participation in the Mario Merz Prize.
5. SELECTION OF THE 5 FINALISTS
The nominations will be evaluated by a Special Committee (nominated by the Fondazione Merz and by the Promoting Committee) who will draw up a short list of 5 final candidates. Finalists will receive notification via e-mail, along with the documentation to confirm their participation, which must be returned duly completed and signed within 15 days of receipt. The 5 selected artists will be invited to exhibit a selection of their work in solo show in the city of Turin.
If the finalist is not available to collaborate with the organization, within the indicated schedule, the organizing and the promoting committees reserve the right to exclude him or her from the competition.
6. SELECTION OF WINNER
The Winner will be designated by an International Jury, whose discretionary vote will be final and binding. Members of the Jury are listed on the official website www.mariomerzprize.org in the Jury section.
Public voting will count as one of the final votes. Viewers will vote online, on the Prize website www.mariomerzprize.org
7. THE PRIZE
The winning artist will receive a fee of € 10,000 for the project of a solo show to be produced with the support of Fondazione Merz, according to terms which shall be subsequently agreed between the winner and the Fondazione Merz itself. The solo show will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.
The Prize is non-transferable and is strictly personal.
8. BAN TO EXPOSE THE PROPOSED ARTWORK
Proposed artwork shall not be publicly shown prior to the exhibition linked to the Prize unless specifically authorized by the Fondazione Merz itself. Unauthorized exhibition of the artwork will result in the cancellation of the Prize.
9. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE
By entering the Prize all participating artists authorize as from now the Fondazione Merz, the promoters, and other involved third parties to display, record (video/audio), photograph, publish, and distribute their artwork, or parts of it, via internet and the press for promotion pertaining to the Prize-related events, without place and time constraints, and without compensation.
Participants also grant permission to reproduce, adapt and use their artwork, or parts of it, in connection with video recordings or materials to document or advertise the event.
Participants consent to the translation of their work into other languages—when deemed necessary for the local public to understand the work.
Participants also authorize the use of their name and image for promotion of the Prize. Participants warrant that none of these activities infringes any third-party right and save the Fondazione Merz and its assigns harmless from any damage resulting from the afore-mentioned activities.
10. RELEASE OF LIABILITY
In no event the Fondazione Merz, its assigns, sponsors, and other affiliates or third parties involved in the Prize will be held responsible or liable a) for any incorrect or late entry or transmission, nor for any inaccurate, misdirected, garbled, altered or damaged entry; b) for hardware or software failure, or technical failures of any kind, and for problems with network connections, or other computer problems and technical malfunctions; c) for any damaged or lost content due to events beyond the control of the Fondazione Merz or other fortuitous events; d) for any printing or typographical errors on the documents regarding the Prize and its related events.
11. FINALISTS NOTIFICATION
Finalists will be individually notified via the email specified in the Registration Form. Their names will also be announced on the official website: www.mariomerzprize.org
12. PUBLIC VOTE ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE www.mariomerzprize.org
The Public can use the Prize website solely for the purposes provided for in these rules and regulations. Voting public will have to register online submitting the data required and accepting the rules and regulations herein provided. Users shall not use the Prize website www.mariomerzprize.org to upload, post, store, send or otherwise disseminate and publish via the Site any infringing or illicit content or comment that, by way of example, may advocate discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, race, sexuality or nationality; nor any defamatory, libellous content or computer viruses, corrupted data or harmful, intrusive, disseminating files, or other malicious code.
In the event the Fondazione Merz, the organizers, or the assigns, as owners of the Internet website, were held responsible for any illicit content uploaded or disclosed or posted by a User, the same User agrees to release and hold the Fondazione Merz and any assigns harmless from and against any and all claims and expenses of any kind, including legal fees and costs, and to hold them harmless from any and all damages or harmful consequences that may affect the Fondazione itself or its assigns.
13. COMPLIANCE WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS
By entering this competition, all artists agree to be bound by and comply with the articles of these Rules and Regulations without limitations, therein including the possibility that the Prize may not be assigned.
14. PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA AND RIGHTS OF USERS
The Data Controller, Fondazione Mario Merz, declares that your personal data will be processed in accordance with European Regulation no. 679/2016 (so-called “GDPR”) and Privacy Code 196/2003 (as amended by Legislative Decree 101/2018).
In this regard, we invite you to read the specific information for the various interested parties in the Mario Merz Prize:
Information concerning candidacy
Information concerning participant
Information for persons voting
15. ITALIAN VERSIONE AND ITALIAN LAW
These terms and conditions are governed by Italian law. In case of discrepancy between the translated versions, the original Italian version of this document will be legally biding.
For other issues not mentioned here, all Italian laws and regulations on this matter apply.