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Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Kandinsky Prize:
Award Winners Announced

Anatoly Osmolovsky,
winner of the Kandinsky Prize in the "Artist of the Year" category during a performance in 1993 (© Courtesy Trilistnik Verlag, Moskau)

The 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".

The 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, Moscow).

Anatoly 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 Biennale.

Vladlena 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.

Vladlena Gromova,
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.

With 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.

Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, from Volga, Volga, 2006

The 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 been published.

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 Mikhailov, Vadim 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.

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