Björn Krogvig received the first Costasera Contemporary Art study bursary in a ceremony held yesterday at Millesgården in Stockholm. A student at Stockholm’s famous Konstfack art institute, Björn’s prize is a course at the renowned Art Glass Studio Berengo in Murano where he will learn about the Venetian art of glass blowing.
The award of this study bursary is the culmination of the first edition of the Costasera Contemporary Art Prize. Inaugurated by Masi in 2013, the Prize involves the selection of an internationally famous artist to create a work of art based on a Masi icon: Costasera Amarone, and its characteristic label. The winner, Ernst Billgren, a famous Swedish artist, was then asked to choose a young art student from his own country who would be given the chance to work in a centre of artistic excellence in Italy through the bursary.
This choice was ratified by Raffaele Boscaini, Marketing Director and seventh generation member of the owning family at Masi, who was at Millesgården to announce the winner and congratulate him. The citation runs: “With his interest in aesthetics, functionality and materials, this artist shows that his artistic quest is open to new challenges. He combines functionality and irony in tandem using his own personal language rather than the appearance of his works of art.”