Succeeding Peter Zumthor, David Chipperfield has been selected as the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative's new architecture mentor. The British architect will join six other "master artists" - Mia Couto (literature), Alfonso Cuarón (film), Philip Glass (music), Joan Jonas (visual arts), Robert Lepage (theatre) and Ohad Naharin (dance) - in selecting their own protégé from a pool of finalists this coming spring; mentoring will begin mid-2016.
“These seven artists have had a profound influence on their disciplines for decades and are held in high esteem by the public and their peers,” said Rebecca Irvin, head of philanthropy at Rolex. “We acknowledge their generosity in serving as mentors in the Rolex Arts Initiative. They will join the family of internationally acclaimed artists who have committed to passing on their passion and expertise to a younger generation and to be reinvigorated in their own art in return.”
Each protégé will receive 25,000 Swiss francs for participating; an additional 25,000 Swiss francs will be available at the end of the mentoring year for the creation of a new work. Mentors will spend up to six weeks with their protégés.
Peter Zumthor worked with architect Gloria Cabral during the program's 2014-2015 cycle. You can read more about their experience here.
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