Luca Guadagnino and Paola Antonelli

ROME-NEW YORK: Film director Luca Guadagnino and New York’s Museum of Modern Art senior curator Paola Antonelli will receive a prestigious award on Wednesday night in Rome from the American Academy.

They will be awarded with the McKim Medal during the annual gala, where the American Academy honors individuals who significantly contribute to the arts and humanities, especially in Italy and across the U.S.

Previous recipients of the McKim Medal, which was designed by Cy Twombly and crafted by Delfina Delettrez Fendi, include Renzo Piano, Miuccia Prada, Zaha Hadid, Paolo Sorrentino and Roberto Benigni, among others.

“The academy is delighted to recognize Paola Antonelli and Luca Guadagnino for the indelible impact they have had on how we see and understand the world around us,” said Mark Robbins, president of the American Academy in Rome.

The gala event — sponsored by major companies, including a range of fashion houses such as Moncler, Tommy Hilfiger, Bulgari, Dior, Fendi, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Valentino — will be chaired by Maria Teresa Venturini Fendi, the president of the Carla Fendi Foundation.

“I am delighted to continue the tradition started by my aunt, Carla Fendi, to support the American Academy in Rome,” Fendi said. “Their ongoing mission to foster creative and scholarly exchange between Italians and Americans is now more important than ever.”