Armen Agop was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Italian Republic October 5th at the closing ceremony of the 40th Edition of the Sulmona Prize for Contemporary Art in Sulmona, Italy. The exhibition opened Saturday, September 7th and sees the participation of 125 artworks, representing over 20 nations, all displayed in the civic museums of diocesan Sulmona.
This 40th Edition of the Sulmona Prize was organized by the Circle of art and culture “Il Quadrivio” (The Crossroads ). The jury was chaired by Vittorio Sgarbi and composed by critics and art historians Ivo Bonitatibus, Ennio Calabria, Carlo Fabrizio Carli, Toti Carpenters, Giorgio Di Genova, Massimo Pasqualone, Giorgio Seveso, Chiara Strozzieri, Duccio Trombadori and the secretary and organizer of the event Gaetano Pallozzi.
The Egyptian artist Armen Agop first came to Italy in 2000 after winning the Rome Prize. In 2008 he was awarded “The Sculpture Grant” given once a year to a prominent international sculptor by the Swedish organization KKV-B. In 2010, he received the international Umberto Mastroianni award.
His works are represented in the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, Egypt, Aswan Open Air Museum, Egypt, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar, Villa Empain/Boghossian Foundation in Belgium, Giardino di Piazza Stazione in Barge, Italy, Coral Springs Museum of Art in Florida, USA and the Bozzetti Museum in Pietrasanta, Italy.