11 December, 2006

The Vincent - Amsterdam

Wilhelm Sasnal {Poland 1972) is announced as winner of The Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe 2006.

See ‘News’ for the press release and jury report.

Press Releases

17.11.2006 Jury report The Vincent 2006
17.11.2006 Press release winner
13.09.06 The Vincent Award 2006
04.08.06 The Vincent Award 2006
21.12.05 Shortlist artists The Vincent 2006.
19.04.2005 Stedelijk sets up Monique Zajfen-collectie and organises the European art prize ‘The Vincent’

The Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe is an art prize worth EUR 50.000,-, which will be awarded to an upcoming or already established artist who could provide a new impulse to contemporary art.

A special website is being launched for The Vincent: www.thevincentaward.eu. Developments and information concerning The Vincent 2006 will be posted and kept up to date on this site.

The following artists were nominated for The Vincent 2006:

Urs Fischer (Switzerland 1973)
Andrei Monastyrski (Russia 1949)
Dan Perjovschi (Rumania 1961)
Wilhelm Sasnal (Poland 1972)
Cerith Wyn Evans (United Kingdom 1958)

From September 15 2006 until January 14 2007, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will present the work of the nominees in a group exhibition at its temporary location 'Stedelijk Museum CS' near Amsterdam's Central Railway Station.



In terms of their ages, nationalities and disciplines, the five nominated artists symbolise a diverse and heterogeneous Europe.

compare - goldsworthy exhibition london March 2005 {

Urs Fischer creates bizarre, surrealistic installations, for which he uses materials such as tar, bread and silicon as well as metal and unfinished building materials. His associative and impulsive manner of working can produce nimble, but also melancholy works. With a feeling for theatre and irony, Fischer defies the established values of sculpture.

Together with Ilya Kabakov, Yakov Abramov and Nikolai Koslov,
Andrei Monastyrski belonged to the Moscow conceptualism of the 1980s, and can be seen as one of its founders. In addition, thirty years ago he founded the still existing artists’ group Collective Actions, which was of great importance for the creation of a collective art practice oriented to performance, and is now inspiring a new generation of artists. In his installations, videos and actions Monastyrski draws precise and controversial connections between word and image, art object and performance, art practice and art criticism, and art and everyday reality.

compare - wall art
outside the stedelijk {below}

The power of the work of
Dan Perjovschi lies in his sharp and humorous commentary on social and political events, the contemporary art system, and human traits such as greed and stupidity. Generally he expresses himself in drawings with a short life span, for periodicals (such as the Romanian magazine 22, for which he is the political illustrator and ‘art director’), or on exhibition walls, floors and windows in art institutions. Perjovschi’s individual drawings in exhibition spaces are sure to be seen autonomous, but collectively they form a closely woven fabric that can be read as a mirror held up to a world gone somewhat mad.

As the point of departure for his paintings and films,
Wilhelm Sasnal takes subjects with a quasi-insignificant content: his wife smoking a cigarette, the director of a factory in his home town, or a building that has a historical significance only for the immediate vicinity. He does not visualise any specific world events, but rather details from a larger archive, which barely betray their context. With this he forces the viewer to observe carefully and interpret without preconceptions.

The work of
Cerith Wyn Evans is characterised by a great elegance, behind which lurks a radical content that only comes through after some time. Wyn Evans is able to translate his background as a filmmaker and his wide knowledge of literature, philosophy, music and photography in a fascinating way into works that stimulate thinking about language, time and perception.

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