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The Fundação EDP Arte Grand Prize aims to dedicate plastic artists with a consolidated and historically relevant career, whose work contributes to affirm and support the contemporary Portuguese aesthetic trends.
The jury unanimously decided to award this prize to the artist Luisa Cunha, born in Lisbon, in 1949, emphasizing originality, experimental daring, multidisciplinarity and pioneering in the use of new languages, and highlighting her influence on younger generations.
In addition to the monetary value of the prize, the chosen artist is honored through a retrospective and/or anthological exhibition, and the publication of a catalog that constitutes an important historiographical and bibliographical reference.
In the history of its editions, the EDP Arte Foundation Grand Prize distinguished contemporary art names such as Lourdes Castro (2000), Mário Cesariny (2002), Álvaro Lapa (2004), Eduardo Batarda (2007), Jorge Molder (2010), Ana Jotta (2013) and Artur Barrio (2016).
The jury for this edition was composed by Benjamin Weil, curator and critic of French art and director of the Center for Modern Art of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Philippe Vergne, director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art; Teresa Patrício Gouveia, former president of the Serralves Foundation and former administrator of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and Tobi Maier, director of the Municipal Galleries of Lisbon.
Also part of the jury is Vera Pinto Pereira, president of the EDP Foundation; Miguel Coutinho, administrator and general director of Fundação EDP; and José Manuel dos Santos, administrator and cultural director of the EDP Foundation.