Marta Margnetti

e improvvisamente scossa da una forza

Manor Award Ticino 2020


Marta Margnetti, Work Photo, 2020, etching on iron plates © Yimei Zhang

First established in 1982 on the initiative of Philippe Nordmann, the Manor Award is one of the most prestigious and highly coveted awards in Switzerland within the contemporary art scene. The prize, which is awarded every two years, is aimed at under 40 artists active in the different visual arts fields. Marta Margnetti (1989), an artist from the Canton of Ticino whose artistic practice is developed at the intersection between applied art, design and craftsmanship, is the winner of the Manor Award Ticino 2020.

In her artistic process Margnetti uses appropriation, sculpture, printing techniques and performance. Her works often have a multifaceted relationship with the surrounding architecture and enter into a dialogue with it. The modular formal language of her works recall minimalism, while the traces of Margnetti’s craftsmanship as small arbitrary mistakes enter into a common field of tension with geometric perfection.

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Marta Margnetti (1989), born in Mendrisio, lives and works in Lugano. She graduated in Visual Arts at the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva and later in Contemporary Arts Practice at the Hochschule der Künste (HKB) in Bern. From 2013 to 2018 she was co-founder and co-director of the Sonnenstube gallery in Lugano. From 2018 she is active member of the collective Morel Lugano. In 2017 Marta Margnetti was awarded with the Kiefer Hablitzel Award at the Swiss Art Awards. Her works have been shown in various solo exhibitions. She has participated in important group exhibitions, including Beehave, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, 2018; CARAVAN, Aargauer Kunthaus, Aarau, 2018; New Swiss Performance Now, Kunsthalle, Basel, 2018; Unter 30: Junge Schweizer Kunst XIII, Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, 2017; Prize Kiefer Hablitzel, Swiss Art Awards, Basel, 2017; Affaire, Centre Pasquart, Biel, 2016; Che c‘è di nuovo, Museo Cantonale d‘Arte, Lugano, 2016. She is represented in public collections such as the Collezione del Canton Ticino, the Julius Bär Art Collection, the Museo di Mendisio Collection and the Aargauer Kunsthaus.