Eight artists will contest the Artes Mundi Prize 2014, beginning with an exhibition opening in Cardiff
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.
© Courtesy Ragnar Kjartansson
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, courtesy White Cube. Photo: Ben Westoby
© Sharon Lockhart, 2003. Courtesy the artist, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles
© Collection Sanja Ivekovic
© Courtesy Renzo Martens / Galerie Fons Welters
© Photo: Daniel Steegmann / Edouard Fraipont
© Omer Fast
© Mirza and Butler
© Carlos Bunga
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