Exhibition: Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2016

The Kunsthalle Wien Prize is a joint project of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and the Kunsthalle Wien.

As a venue “for the variety available in contemporary international art and the accompanying contemporary discourses” the Kunsthalle Wien pays particular attention to the city’s young and increasingly international art scene. Even if Vienna is seeing the establishment of more and more galleries and committed off-spaces, only about 5 percent of former art students can actually succeed later on the art market. Awarded by the public sector and by established institutions, scholarships and prizes help pave the way for younger artists as they enter the art system, a complex field mutually determined by the economies of attention and money. The Kunsthalle Wien Prize serves as a point of departure, which is clear by how highly regarded the prize is by Vienna’s two art universities and by the careers of many former prizewinners.
This year’s prizewinners whose works will be presented in this exhibition are Andrej Polukord and Margit Busch.

It was established in 2002 in co-operation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. In 2015, it has been presented for the first time to one graduate of each of Vienna’s art academies.
The prize includes an exhibition in Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz as well as prize money in the amount of 3,000 euros for each artist. In 2016 the prize money is made available by HS art service austria and Deco Trend GmbH.
To accompany the exhibition, two catalogues containing interviews with the artists and texts written by jury members and installation views will be published by Sternberg Press Berlin.
The jury in 2016 consisted of: Nicolaus Schafhausen and Lucas Gehrmann (Kunsthalle Wien), who participated in both selection processes, as well as Rector Gerald Bast and Roland Schöny as external jury member for the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Professors Mona Hahn, Erwin Bohatsch and Lorenz “eSeL” Seidler as external jury member for the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Curator: Lucas Gehrmann

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