Kick starting the inaugural week of the 59th Venice Biennale, Chanel hosted the 10 winners of its first Next Prize for a special dinner and soirée in the beautiful 14th-century family-owned Palazzo Zeno in the presence of honorary jurors Tilda Swinton and David Adjaye. Other prestigious guests included Hans Ulrich Obrist, Wayne McGregor and Kehinde Wiley.
During her lifetime, Gabrielle Chanel supported and encouraged the avant-garde (think Stravinsky and Picasso) and in similar ways, the Next Prize extends Chanel’s desire to look to the future.
“Why Venice? This place is an artist’s nirvana and has been for centuries. By bringing the Chanel Next Prize winners during the Biennale, Chanel is creating the conditions for inspiration, wonder, expansion, and most importantly the alchemy of fellowship. The artists are from around across the world and share that spark; they are bold. Beyond the prize itself, this is the start of their journeys. Now more than ever, Chanel believes in the power of coming together.” Tilda Swinton said.
Last year, to expand its cultural patronage, Chanel launched the Next Prize, its first cultural award to provide a new generation of creative trailblazers covering the full spectrum of culture – from emerging designers, poets, contemporary artists and more – with the resources to experiment with visionary ideas and collaborate across disciplines.
The global Prize provides 10 game-changing artists with resources to tackle ambitious new projects and ideas. This year’s winners included dancer and choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas, theater director Marie Schleef, dancer, director and choreographer Botis Seva, artist and poet Precious Okoyomon among many other talents. Each Chanel Next Prize recipient receives a generous 100,000€ grand and mentorship facilitated by Chanel.
The dinner featured beautiful speeches and the highest of luxury settings, from harp playing, Murano chandeliers, to embroidered napkins specifically for the event. The party continued downstairs with excellent music and the art world’s finest guests.
Images: CHANEL Next Prize 2022 jurors and winnersPhotography Jason Schmidt and view of the dinner by Pierre Mouton