Villa Romana Fellowship 2014 – Winners announced

The winners of the Villa Romana Fellowship 2014, which offers a residency at the artists’ house in Florence, are Natalie Czech, Loretta Fahrenholz and the artist duos Ei Arakawa and Sergei Tcherepnin as well as Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano.


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Room for modern art – Paola Anzichè's project "Camouflage"

Villa Romana – Ausstellung Thomas Kilpper

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Villa Romana hosts various exhibitions – like one of the artist Thomas Kilpper

Villa Romana - Kai-Schiemenz Rural Delights

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With Kai Schiemenz's project "Rural Delights" also the garden of Villa Romana becomes an artistic playground

The winners were selected by a jury, consisting of the artist Jutta Koether and Rein Wolfs, director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. Besides access to a “free studio” in the renowned artists’ house in Florence, the artists receive a monthly grant from February to November 2014. The residency fosters intensive artistic development and provides the opportunity to discuss current issues in the world of art and culture with other artists.

Just 10 minutes away from the center of Florence, Villa Romana combines the tranquility of a large garden with the urban reality of a large city. With exhibitions and a broad array of events and invited international artists, the artists’ house promotes the dialog with producers and the public and, within an international artistic context, champions communication with the Mediterranean cultures. In Florence, a city rich in historic art treasures, Villa Romana serves as a forum for contemporary art, initiating a local dialog with the public and forming international partnerships.

Deutsche Bank and Villa Romana: a long-standing connection

Villa Romana was acquired in 1905 by the painter Max Klinger who wished to offer artists a spacious workplace in Florence. “By artists for artists” was the declared motto of the founder. The Villa Romana Fellowship is not only the oldest German art prize but also the longest-standing cultural commitment of Deutsche Bank and its foundations.

The history of the Villa Romana Fellowship is associated with many important names. Winners of the award include Max Beckmann, Käthe Kollwitz, Ernst Barlach, Georg Baselitz and Markus Lüpertz as well as Karin Sander, Katharina Grosse, Dellbrügge & de Moll and Amelie Wulffen. The artists’ house celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005 with an exhibition in Weimar, Germany.

The Villa Romana Fellowship is awarded by the Villa Romana Assocation and funded by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media and private sponsors.

Longest standing cultural commitment of Deutsche Bank

Villa Romana Deutsche Bank Foundation

since 1929

… Deutsche Bank has been associated with Villa Romana in Florence.

Selected works of the fellows 2014:

Villa Romana – Natalie Czech, A Hidden Poem by Aram Saroyan, 2012

A Hidden Poem by Aram Saroyan – In her works, Natalie Czech explores interactions between picture and text, poetry and fine arts

Villa Romana – Loretta Fahrenholz, Implosion, 2011

Implosion – Loretta Fahrenholz investigates with her experimental films the conditions of art and art production

Villa Romana – Ei Arawaka und Sergei Tcherepnin

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Kamikaze Loggia, Georgian Loggia – The Japanese artist Ei Arawaka collaborates with the New York-based composer Sergei Tcherepnin

Villa Romana – Petrit Halilaj, It is the first time dear that you have a human shape, 2012

It is the first time dear that you have a human shape – The artistic work of Petrit Halilaj has been strongly impacted by the events of the Kosovo war

Villa Romana – Alvaro Urbano, Utopias are for birds, 2012

Utopias are for birds – Alvaro Urbano cooperates with Petrit Halilaj on various projects

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