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International Competition Ex Libris, AEM from its birth until today – The Ex Libris describe and illustrate


International Competition Ex Libris

AEM from its birth until today
The Ex Libris describe and illustrate

AEM from its birth until today:
energy, AEM places and industrial progress.
The Ex Libris describe and illustrate
Cultural event
organised on the occasion of the celebrations for the
100th anniversary of AEM (1910 – 2010)

Exhibition of the works in Milan on 22 October 2010

On 8 December 1910, the Azienda Elettrica Municipale (AEM) was founded: the historical Municipal Company of Milan in the field of electricity.

For seventy years, thanks to the energy generated by the hydroelectric plants constructed in Valtellina, it has been the fulcrum of economic and energy development in Milan.

In 1981, the company takes on the supplying of gas in Milan, thus becoming the Azienda Energetica Municipale.

In 1996, it was privatised and became a joint stock company; moreover, in 1998, it had a share price in the Milan Stock Exchange. On January 1, 2008, after its merger with the ASM of Brescia, AEM SpA was given the corporate name a2a SpA.

The historical company name AEM survives in the names of organisations such as CRAEM (a company’s recreational centre) and the new Fondazione AEM, which have continued the company’s task of perpetuating the social and cultural values sensitivity that have always characterized its activity.

On the occasion of the centennial of the foundation of AEM, the Fondazione AEM and CRAEM announce the International Competition for Ex Libris “AEM from its birth until today: energy, AEM places and industrial progress.

The Ex Libris describe and illustrate” with the aim of promoting both the knowledge of historical, architectural and cultural heritage that the company has developed in the territories of Milan and Valtellina and, at same time, the awareness of the vital contribution that AEM has added to the industrialisation of Lombardy.

The exhibition of Ex Libris will be held at the Casa dell’Energia, a permanent centre of communication (museum and educational workshop), on October 22, 2010, and will be open to the public.

The exhibition will be touring Valtellina later on.

Alberto Sciumè, President, Fondazione Aem
Ferdinando Poli, President, Craem
Biagio Longo,  Director of Communication and Public Relations a2a

REGULATIONS

Article 1 – Topics
The topics of the ex Libris must be related to the world of hydroelectric energy production, which has favoured industrialisation and improved the conditions and quality of life of the population. The works must refer to the natural environment where the history of AEM has developed, to the buildings where its activity began and has continued, to the historical works of lighting carried out in Italian cities (Galleria Vittorio Emanuele – Milan) as well as abroad (Saint

Petersburg), to the persons—managers and workers—without omitting references to the material used, to tools and machinery. The composition of the Ex Libris must always contain the phrase: ex Libris Aem 1910-2010.

Guide to the topics for the creation of the works:
Mapping of Valtellina
Landscapes and mountains of Stelvio and of the places of Valtellina in the province of Sondrio, along the Adda River, Bormio, Grosio, Grosotto, Livigno, Lovero, Mazzo di Valtellina, Sernio, Sondalo, Tirano, Tovo di Sant’Agata, Valdidentro, Valdisotto, Valfurva, Vervio, Villa di Tirano and Morbegno.
Industrial buildings
Dams, river traverses, intake works, hydroelectric reservoirs, penstocks, hydroelectric power stations, cabinets for electrical panels, electricity and transformation stations, villages submerged by reservoirs, pylons, lines of energy transport.
Machinery and Lighting
Turbines, alternators, dynamos, transformers, devices, electrical panels. Streetlamps and lighting fixtures.
Historical Places and electric distribution Stations
In a rural context (for example, Pioltello di Limito) or in an urban one (for example, in Milan, the stations Benedetto Marcello, Brunelleschi, Gadio, Piazza Trento, Ricevitrice Sud, Ricevitrice Nord).
All the works must have a close relationship with the topics mentioned, referring to the images reproduced in the regulations or visiting the websites
www.fondazioneaem.it and www.craem.it

Article 2 – Participants
The competition is open to works submitted by artists of all nationalities. The participation in the competition is free, with no reimbursement of expenses by the promoters contest.

Article 3 – Techniques admitted
The only techniques admitted are xylography and chalcography; all the photomechanical reproductions and digital techniques are excluded.

Article 4 – Number of Ex Libris to be sent
Each participant may submit up to a maximum of five (5) different Ex Libris. Each Ex Libris must be sent with three (3) copies; each one must be signed or initialled by the artist. On the back of each Ex Libris, the following must be written in pencil: the title, the technique used, the year of execution, the measure of the print, the artist’s name and surname, and nationality.

Article 5 – Size of paper and printing
The paper used for printing must not be bigger than 148×210 mm. (A5), while the “printed” part must not be bigger than 140×140 mm.

Article 6 – Ways of sending the Ex Libris
The Ex Libris must be sent inside a solid and waterproof package, with the words “DO NOT BEND” written on the envelope (or small package), by means of a registered letter or an insured letter. Inside the package, the application form must be enclosed, filled out in a readable way, and with the postal address and e-mail of the author together with a brief curriculum indicating education and professional training, and the authorisation for processing personal data.
If the sending is done by means of a single shipment but containing the works of two or more artists, each participant must fill in and sign the attached application form (which can be photocopied), which implies the participation in the competition and the acceptance of the regulations.

Article 7 – Deadline for acceptance
The envelope containing the Ex Libris must be received no later than 31 July 2010 (the date of postmark will attest it).

Article 8 – Delivery address
The shipment must be made to the following address:
Fondazione Aem, Concorso AEM, Fondazione AEM
Piazza Po 3 – 20144 Milan – Italy

Article 9 – Transfer of the rights to use the Ex Libris received

The material submitted for the contest will not be returned and will remain property of Fondazione AEM, which will be allowed to use them freely and without having to ask permission for its cultural activities. By participating in the contest, the artist transfers all rights of publication and reproduction with traditional and multimedia techniques of the Ex Libris sent to Fondazione AEM and the CRAEM, as well as the rights to use them for exhibitions. For these events, the artist will not receive any payment or rights, except for the right to information that Fondazione AEM and the CRAEM undertake to protect. To this end, the artists must provide a constant update of their contact information.

Article 10 – Publication of the Ex Libris
The Ex Libris will be gathered in an offset-printed catalogue containing the works by the prizewinning and selected artists as well as those awarded an Honourable Mention, except the nonselected and the excluded by the technical panel. The catalogue will include a list of all the artists who participated in the contest with their addresses. The artists included in the publication will be given a free copy.

Article 11 – Exhibition of the Ex Libris
The prizewinning Ex Libris as well as the mentioned and the selected ones will be displayed in an exhibition that will be held in Milan (Italy) on 22 October 2010, at the Casa dell’Energia, Piazza Po 3, and that will then become a travelling exhibition in Valtellina.

Article 12 – Prizes and Recognition Awards
The prizes are subdivided into three different categories (Xylography, Chalcography and Special Prize). There will be a selection of works by artists who deserve an Honourable Mention.
PRIZE FOR XYLOGRAPHY
First prize € 1.500,00 – Second prize € 1.000,00 – Third prize € 800,00
PRIZE FOR CHALCOGRAPHY
First prize € 1.500,00 – Second prize € 1.000,00 – Third prize € 800,00
SPECIAL PRIZE € 2.500,00
It will be given to the artist selected among those who will have dealt with five (5) different topics in as many works to illustrate the history of AEM. The five Ex Libris may be made by using the same technique, or by alternating xylography and chalcography.

SPECIAL PRIZES FOR STUDENTS
The students may participate individually or as a group representing the institute they belong to. The prizes for them are two, of the amount of € 1,000.00 each: one for xylography and the other for chalcography. The technical panel selected in agreement by the CRAEM and Fondazione AEM will point out-with an unquestionable and irrevocable judgement, and without the possibility to complain about the artists admitted-the prizewinning artists and the ones awarded an Honourable Mention. The winners will have to pick up the prizes at their own expense.

Article 13 – The Technical Panel
The members of the technical panel who will select the works of this International Competition are:
Gian Carlo Torre – Historian of the Ex Libris
Benoit Junod – Vice president, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Amateurs d’Ex-Libris (FISAE)
Adriano Benzi – Book collector “Vecchiantico”
Mauro Chiabrando – Vice director of “Charta” magazine
Dante Fangaresi – Bibliophile and book collector
Marco Picasso – Journalist
Franco Maria Ricci – Editor and designer
Gabriele Scaramuzza – Professor of Aesthetics, Università Statale di Milano
Bruno Ciapponi Landi – Journalist, curator of the Museo Etnografico Tiranese
don Remo Bracchi – Professor of Glottology, Director of the “Bollettino Storico dell’Alta Valle”

The panel will also be represented by institutional agents of the promoters of this competition.

Article 14 – Communication to the winners
The result of the competition will be communicated to the prizewinning and selected artists within September 2010, and will be published on the websites of Fondazione AEM and of the CRAEM. All the associations that belong to the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Amateurs d’Ex-Libris (FISAE) will receive a communication with the results of the competition.

Article 15 – Acceptance of the regulations for the competition
The participation in the competition implies the unconditioned acceptance of all the articles in the regulations.

Rules, written in six languages (Italian, English, Russian, Spanish, French, German) are donwloadable here.

Participation form is downloadable here.

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