Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize

One of the aims of the Foundation is to support the research of young sculptors “who intend to perfect and extend the experimental aspects of new work regarding expressive or intellectual languages” through the establishment of a Prize.

Created in 2006 and now in its sixth edition, the Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize, is among the few – in Italy and abroad – specifically dedicated to sculpture. It awards € 10,000.00 to an artist between the age of 25 and 45 whose personal research reflects on the idea and on the practice of making sculpture today, offering a significant contribution to the current development of sculpture.

The winning artist will be chosen by an international Selection Committee, chaired by Arnaldo Pomodoro and composed by a group of international critics and curators, a true witness of current artistic research in the field of contemporary sculpture.

The awarding of the Prize is not bound to the use of specific materials or techniques, rather it promotes and favors the free experimentation of sculptural practice and the exploration of its fundamental concepts, considered a novel, original, theoretical and concrete reflection on relationships between the disciplines of art, design, architecture, design and urban planning.

6th edition | 2021-2022

Candice Lin

The winner of the 6th edition of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize is Candice Lin (Concord, MA, 1979 – lives and works in Los Angeles), an artist who – according to the Selection Committee’s judgment – “in just over a decade has developed a uniquely singular language grounded in the history of sculpture, highly interdisciplinary and incredibly rich materially. Lin’s works are informed by research, often looking into marginalized or forgotten narratives, as well as by referring to figures as varied as George Psalmanazar, Jeanne Baré, or Lynn Margulis, whose life and work short-circuits our assumptions around race and gender. In her work, Lin frequently asks how materials – and by extension objects and sculpture – communicate social histories, turning to historically-loaded materials – such as tea or porcelain – to investigate their socio-cultural connotations, addressing their complicit role in controversial historical dynamics. Yet, Lin’s installations are never didactic, but instead speculate, blurring the boundary between fiction and truth. Her incessant questioning about the meaning and status of these materials and objects transfigures them in the eyes of the observer, achieving a peculiar and poetic harmony between sculptural form and historical and socio-cultural investigation”.

Selection Committee

Sebastiano Barassi, Head of Henry Moore Collections & Programmes

Anna Maria Montaldo, former Director of Modern and Contemporary Art District of the City of Milano

Pavel Pyś, Curator of Visual Arts at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Christian Rattemeyer, former Director of the SculptureCenter, New York

Lorenzo Respi, member of the Scientific Board of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Head of Production of the FMAV – Fondazione Modena Arti Visive

Andrea Viliani, member of the Scientific Board of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro; Director, Museo delle Civiltà, Rome; Curator Pompeii Commitment. Materie archeologiche / Archaeological Metters, Parco Archeologico di Pompei; Head and Curator, CRRI – Centro di Ricerca Castello di Rivoli