Born in 2019 from Michele Cristella's desire to promote a dialogue between contemporary art and the territory of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza, DucatoPrize focuses on artists, both national and international, capable of eliciting a critical reflection on the most significant and contextual aspects of the present with their research.
DucatoPrize is divided into two categories: Contemporary Art and Art Academy. The Prize culminates with an exhibition displaying the 10 finalist works, five from each category. The initiative is intended to award artists who have already embarked into the contemporary art field and younger artists still enrolled at educational institutions to encourage their growth. The exhibition takes place in Piacenza at Volumnia, within the context of the former Church of St. Augustine, a majestic 16th-century deconsecrated building located along Stradone Farnese. Since 2018, Enrica De Micheli, a dealer specialized in antiques and modern art, has revitalized the church, turning it into an exhibition space dedicated to historical Italian design and combining it with a substantial cultural proposal of exhibitions and events.