Rolex Mentors & Protégés , Gifted young artists in Venice

Gifted young artists in Venice

Seven of the world’s most renowned artists and their gifted young protégés are travelling to Venice where the protégés will hold the premières of a series of new performances and exhibitions, accompanied by interviews and discussions, at the Rolex Arts Weekend on 19-20 October. Many other leading artists, actors and directors, with links to the Rolex programme will also attend the Arts Weekend.

The Rolex Arts Weekend will mark the successful conclusion of the 2012-2013 mentoring year in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Each of seven protégés in the current cycle has spent considerable time with his or her mentor, deepening knowledge, gaining new contacts and, in most cases, creating a new work of art.

The weekend will present events ranging across the seven artistic disciplines of the Rolex Arts Initiative and will include a concert, films, dance performances, art installations, readings and other events, giving audiences insights into the year-long artistic journey the young artists have taken with their mentors.

The venue for these new and original works will be Venice’s renowned Fondazione Giorgio Cini. Tickets can be booked from September onwards through the foundation’s website,

Highlights of the Rolex Arts Weekend include:

• A concert by Egyptian music protégée Dina El Wedidi during which she will perform songs from her forthcoming album, including two with her mentor Gilberto Gil;
• An animated film produced by Colombian visual arts protégé Mateo López and mentor William Kentridge will be screened throughout the weekend, alongside López’s sound installation set in the Cini’s maze;
• Italian film protégée Sara Fgaier will show examples of recent work in two installations and will discuss the art of editing film with mentor Walter Murch;
• A disused 1950s swimming pool is the venue for two looped films, featuring stop-frame construction of new buildings by Chinese architecture protégé Yang Zhao and his mentor Kazuyo Sejima;
• Brazilian dance protégé Eduardo Fukushima will premiere Crooked Man, a contemporary piece created under the inspiration of Lin Hwai-min, which he will perform in the Cini’s Palladio Refectory;
• British literature protégée Naomi Alderman will read from her soon-to-be-published novel and discuss the digital work she has co-written with Margaret Atwood;
• Polish theatre protégé Michał Borczuch, who was mentored by Patrice Chéreau, will direct an open rehearsal with his regular team of actors over several hours.

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini, located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, is a non-profit cultural institution that promotes the development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in Venice. Rolex supports the foundation as a Friend of San Giorgio.