Gustavo Aceves

International Award “Lorenzo il Magnifico” for Lifetime Achievement 2019

Gustavo Aceves

The Lorenzo il Magnifico Lifetime Achievement Award for Sculpture is being given to Mexican artist Gustavo Aceves ‘for having masterly represented, through sculpture, fragments of the history of humanity and their migrations. All this to evoke cultural values while warning human beings so that horrors of the past may not be repeated’. Aceves, who holds different recognitions, has exhibited his works in prestigious venues of the ‘old’ and ‘new’ world, including the Contemporary Art Museum of Sabbioneta, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Beijing as well as the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA), the Cheek Gil Museum, and the Amparo Museum in Mexico City. At the XIIth Florence Biennale the artist will show one his four monumental horses from the ‘Lapidarium’ project. For that work-in-progress endeavour the artist has envisioned one hundred large-scale Horses, all of which conveying symbolic meaning and being made with different materials and techniques. After having stepped through the Arch of Constantine in Rome and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Aceves’ white bronze monumental Horse symbolising the Mare Nostrum will arrive in Florence, at the Fortezza da Basso, where it will stand on Carrara marble blocks. In such an historic setting, Aceves’ Horse may well remind us of the equestrian monument to Francesco Sforza which his son, Ludovico ‘il Moro’, commissioned to Leonardo da Vinci; his preparatory drawings have survived whilst the sculpture never was cast in bronze.