Marta Margnetti

and suddenly shaken by a force

Manor Award Ticino 2020


Marta Margnetti, La testa fuori il corpo dentro, 2020, ferro, acciaio inossidabile, legno, adesivo per piastrelle, colorante, magneti, fiori di campo e foglie secchi, cera, lattice, filo di rame e ferro, vernice, argento, corda, dimensioni ambientali © Roberto Pellegrini

Curated by Francesca Benini

Established in 1982 by Philippe Nordmann, the Manor Award is one of the most prestigious and highly coveted contemporary art awards in Switzerland. The prize, awarded every two years, is aimed at active artists under 40 in various fields of the visual arts. Marta Margnetti, an artist from the Canton of Ticino whose oeuvre lies at the intersection between applied art, design and craftsmanship, is the winner of the Manor Award Ticino 2020.

Margnetti uses appropriation, sculpture, printing techniques and performance In her artistic process. 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.

  • Palazzo Reali Venue

  • via Canova 10, 6900 Lugano


Marta Margnetti was born in Mendrisio in 1989, and 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. She co-founded and co-directed the Sonnenstube Gallery in Lugano from 2013 to 2018 and became a member of the Morel Lugano collective in 2018. She received the Kiefer Hablitzel Award In 2017 at the Swiss Art Awards. Her work has been shown in various solo exhibitions. She has participated in 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. Marta Margnetti’ work is included in public collections such as the Collezione del Canton Ticino, the Julius Bär Art Collection, the Museo di Mendisio Collection and the Aargauer Kunsthaus.