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The show

MUDEC hosts “Deutsche Bank Artists of the Year 2021”, the exhibition dedicated to the winners of the prestigious international award that the bank dedicates to contemporary art, now in its tenth edition.

The 2021 prize was awarded to the artists Maxwell Alexandre, Conny Maier and Zhang Xu Zhan. The exhibition is curated by Britta Färber.

MUDEC presents together with Deutsche Bank the exhibition dedicated to the winners of the "Artists of the Year" 2021 award , a prestigious international recognition that the bank dedicates to contemporary art and which for the first time, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, was awarded to three artists: Maxwell Alexandre (Brazil), Conny Maier (Germany), and Zhang Xu Zhan (Taiwan).

After the opening at the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin, the MUDEC - Museum of Cultures exceptionally brings to Milan the exhibition that presents for the first time to the Italian public three of the most interesting artists on the international scene, who have distinguished themselves for creativity and significant value of the own work.

Starting from this collective exhibition , before a series of initiatives, MUDEC opens up even more to the languages and themes of the contemporary with an artistic and cultural schedule of international scope, also accompanied by in-depth collateral events with thematic guided tours, educational workshops, meetings and round tables.

The works of the Brazilian Maxwell Alexandre, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990, focus on racism and police violence, but also on community and spirituality.

Conny Maier, born in Berlin, combines a neo-expressive and comic style with a keen sense of color and composition. His impressive work cycles focus on the existential interrelation between humans and nature, personified in a variety of animals.

In his animated films, sculptures and video installations, the artist Zhang Xu Zhan, born in Taipei in 1988, has created a fantastic cosmos populated by mythical creatures, singing animals, plants and spirits of nature and dominated by ancient rituals: an apocalyptic and at the same time fairytale world that investigates universal themes such as death, transience and the search for community.


Works on display

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Via Tortona, 56
20144 Milan


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