The Sala Mendoza is a significant cultural space in Caracas and hosts a number of exhibitions featuring recognised and emergent Venezuelan and international artists. The Mendoza Prize was founded in 1973 during a visit by the Museum of Modern Art’s International Council. At that time, several national cultural institutions mounted exhibitions with well-known Venezuelan artists, however the Sala Mendoza opted to show the work of 11 emergent artists. This exhibition evolved into the present Salón Mendoza exhibition, from which one artist is selected for the prize.
This important event, which had been suspended in 2003 for lack of sponsorship support, was reinaugurated with the current edition that was curated by Diana Lopez, featuring works by Suwon Lee, Oscar Abraham, Lucía Pizzani, Ernesto Klar, Juan Pablo Garza, Iván Candeo, Starsky Brines, Irene Bou, Ana Alenso, Emilio Narciso y Mairyseth Vargas, and Déborah Castillo.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Lucia Pizzani has been awarded the XII Mendoza Prize for her poetic and existential series titled De la Ofelia del Sena y otras desconocidas (2012-2013). The work consists in video, performance, monotypes, and sculpture.