Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Kandinsky Prize:
winner of the
Kandinsky Prize in the "Artist of the Year" category during a performance
in 1993 (© Courtesy Trilistnik Verlag, Moskau)
Deutsche Bank Foundation
and Russia’s leading art magazine ArtChronika presented the
winners of the Kandinsky
Prize on December 4, 2007. For the prize award ceremony, the jury
already agreed on November 20 on nine nominees from among the preliminary
selection of artists, whose works were on display at the Winzavod
Contemporary Art Center in Moscow until November 27. The prize in the
"Artist of the Year" category with an award of € 40,000, the highest
endowment for a contemporary art prize in Russia, went to Anatoly
Osmolovsky and was presented to him by Thomas
Krens, Director of the Solomon
R. Guggenheim Foundation. Vladlena
Gromova won the "Best Young Artist" award. Vladislav
Mamyshey-Monroe was awarded the prize in the "Best Media Art Project"
category by U.S. artist and director Robert
Wilson, who amazed the audience with his solo performance. Peter
Goloschapov, a young artist from Moscow, received the "Audience’s Prize".
objective of the Kandinsky Prize is to promote contemporary Russian art
and to offer insights into the art scene’s most important trends and
perspectives. The jury’s selection process was organized in three rounds.
The members of the jury were Ekaterina Bobrinskaya, (art historian,
Moscow), Valerie Hillings (Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), Andrey Erofeev (Tretjakov
Gallery, Moscow), Friedhelm Hütte (Deutsche
Bank Art, Frankfurt am Main), Jan-Hubert Martin (French
National Museums, Paris) and Nikolay Molok (ArtChronika,
Osmolovsky, from the series Goods, 2007, © Artchronika
Anatoly Osmolovsky was on hand to receive the "Artist of
the Year" prize today. The sculptures he submitted, a group of bronze
replicas of parts of tanks from his series entitled Goods, were
already seen at this year’s documenta.
It was the both simple and complex linking of sculptural material and
political issues which convinced the jury to unanimously select this work.
Also nominated in this category was the group of artists AES+F,
who have already established themselves in the international world of art.
Their work, Last Riot, was on display at this year’s Venice
Gromova, Portrait, 2007 (video-still), © Artchronika
Vladlena Gromova won the "Best Young Artist" category,
which deliberately focuses on young artists at the beginning of an
international career who have not yet established themselves. Vladlena
Gromova wins a three-month stay in Villa
Romana for her extremely humorous video work on the subject of the
portrait. The artists’ residence in Florence, representing Deutsche Bank’s
oldest cultural commitment, is dedicated, like the Kandinsky Prize, to
supporting new art and impressively illustrates the broad international
and cross-institutional network created by the bank’s cultural activities.
The invitation extended to award-winners is intended to underline and
expand this international network.
winner of the "Best
Young Artist" category, © Artchronika
The award in the "Best Media Art Project of the Year"
category went to Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe. This prize endowed with €
10,000 is intended to promote an art genre which is still relatively new
in Russia. In addition to the categories selected by the jury, an
Audience’s Prize worth € 5,000 was awarded to Peter Goloschapov on the
basis of an Internet voting procedure. Born in 1982, he won the audience’s
favour with sculptures and drawings reminiscent of Russian youth culture.
the Kandinsky Prize the Deutsche Bank Foundation is making a commitment to
promoting the young Russian art scene and thus is continuing the bank’s
tradition of corporate social responsibility activities in Russia spanning
a period of almost 25 years. Alongside sponsored exhibitions and
presentations from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Russia’s talented artists
are now being supported. Making it possible for each individual to expand
their horizons, and in doing so to use the innovative strength of
contemporary art, is an integral part of Deutsche Bank’s identity.
Mamyshev-Monroe, from Volga, Volga, 2006
exhibition of the preliminary and award-winning works will also be on
display in Germany and the U.S. in 2008. A bilingual catalogue has already
Deutsche Bank is committed to the realization of a
large number of corporate
social responsibility activities that go beyond the sphere of the
company’s business operations: through donations and sponsorships, the
bank’s own projects and, to no small part, employees’ volunteer work. With
a sponsorship volume of more than € 85 million, the bank, together with
its foundations and non-profit organizations, is an active global
corporate citizen dedicated to sustainability.
For more than 25
years, Deutsche Bank has been committed to promoting contemporary art.
Under the motto "Art at Work", the bank systematically acquires
contemporary international art and displays it in bank buildings and
exhibitions around the globe. With more than 50,000 works of art, the
Deutsche Bank Collection is considered the world’s largest and most
important corporate collection, including works by Russian artists such as Boris
Zakharov and Oleg
Alexandr Vukolov. This year, the support provided by Deutsche Bank has
included the German
Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and the Frieze
Art Fair in London. Furthermore, Deutsche Bank maintains a joint
venture with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, the Deutsche
Guggenheim in Berlin, which shows a jointly developed art program.