2019 ECC AWARD
ECC Art Award: Hermann Nitsch
Hermann Nitsch is an Austrian artist known for his visceral performance art practice, often based on the ritualistic practice of sacrifice. Nitsch’s outrageous works are referred to as Orgien Mysterien Theater and involve blood, animal entrails, and nudity. “I want my work to stir up the audience, the participants of my performances. I want to arouse them by the means of sensual intensity and to bring them an understanding of their existence,” the artist has said.
ECC Art School Award: Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam
The Willem de Kooning Academy is a Dutch academy of media, art, design, leisure and education based in Rotterdam. It was named after one of its most famous alumni, Dutch fine artist Willem de Kooning.
During the Venice Biennale 2019, the European Cultural Centre (ECC) has offered an exhibition space to graduating students at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam (WdKA) following the observation that art academies are underrepresented in this international showcase of contemporary art.
A Tenderfoot is unused to hardships; a novice, raw and inexperienced. Those who are named Tenderfoot are ridiculed for their sensitivity, having not yet developed the callus deemed necessary to tread this world unscathed. This project springs from the gaps between us, in an attempt to find harmony in dissonant voices, and above all in taking the risk to trust one another.
ECC Design Award: Piero Castiglioni
Piero Castiglioni started his career in the 1970s, at a time when the first halogen light bulbs were being introduced on the European market, raising a lot of curiosity and interest around sizes and performances previously unheard of. An analysis of these new sources led to the development of the Scintilla lighting system; lighting projects, luminance calculations, custom production of lighting fixtures for art galleries, shops and living spaces were all done in-house at this time. The simultaneous approach to designing, producing fixures and installing them combined craftsmanship and research, experimentation and on-site testing, becoming a legacy and a defining characteristic of all future work. Commissions to design the lighting of important museums, historic city centers, new urban developments, monuments, parks and gardens have led to collaboration with other architects, to the development of new lighting systems and to their production and marketing by industrial manufacturers, all designed to meet specific lighting requirements and in the absence of suitable models on the market. This is perhaps why Piero Castiglioni likes to call himself an electrician rather than an architect.