Artes Mundi Prize 2014 announces artist shortlist for Cardiff's National Museum of Art

By Culture24 Reporter | 13 December 2013

Eight artists will contest the Artes Mundi Prize 2014, beginning with an exhibition opening in Cardiff

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God (2007) by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, one of the nominees for the 2014 Artes Mundi Prize© Courtesy Ragnar Kjartansson
Opening at Cardiff’s National Museum of Art at the end of next year, the sixth Artes Mundi – which offers a £40,000 reward to its winner – will feature an international cast of eight finalists.

Adam Budak, a Washington curator, and Sabine Schaschl, of the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, had the task of picking through 800 nominations from 70 different countries. Their attention, they say, was drawn to entries analysing the human condition, and their chosen artists range from the musically-informed works of Croatian Sanja Iveković to films and photographs of the isolated by American Sharon Lockhart.

“They bridge the gap between art and life, emphasising the role of art as an integral part of the human condition,” outlined Budak, who said the artists were part of a “transformation of contemporary society” through “urgent issues the world is concerned with”.

Karen MacKinnon, Artes Mundi’s Director and Curator, anticipates an inspirational exhibition next October.

“There will be artists from different cultures and generations and an amazing array of artistic practices,” she predicted.

“Their work will form an exhibition that will be challenging, playful, moving and, above all, will emphasise the importance of art that challenges our perspectives and enriches our lives.”

  • The Artes Mundi Prize exhibition opens at the National Museum of Art on October 25 2014.

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Theaster Gates, from the US, with My Labor Is My Protest© Theaster Gates, courtesy White Cube. Photo: Ben Westoby
A photo of a film still showing two people sweeping hay within a mountainous terrain
Sharon Lockhart, No (2003). 16 mm color/sound mono© Sharon Lockhart, 2003. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
A black and white photo of a woman which has been doctored to add pins to her face
Sanja Iveković (Croatia), Make-Up (1979). Magazine page with map pins© Collection Sanja Ivekovic
A photo of a film still showing a man telling someone they are an idiot looking for adventure
Renzo Martens, from the Netherlands, presents Episode 1 (2000-2003). Hi-8 on DVD© Courtesy Renzo Martens / Galerie Fons Welters
A photo of an urban street at night
Renata Lucas, from Brazil, made Matematica Rapida (Quick mathemathics) in 2006. It features a concrete pathway, lampposts, plant beds and young trees - installation views at Rua Brigadeiro Galvao, Barra Funda nighbourhood for the 27th Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil© Photo: Daniel Steegmann / Edouard Fraipont
A photo of a group of people with their backs to the camera walking across sand
Israeli artist Omer Fast's Five Thousand Feet is the Best (2011). Digital Video, colour and sound© Omer Fast
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Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, from the UK, made Act 00136 in 2009. This is a neon sign for the Museum of Non Participation© Mirza and Butler
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Mausoleum (2012) by Portuguese Carlos Bunga. Site specific installation at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo. Cardboard, packing tape, matt paint, glue and 45 sculptures of the Pinacoteca Collection© Carlos Bunga

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