The Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC) honours three outstanding Swiss cultural practitioners with this year’s Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim: the curator Adelina von Fürstenberg, conceptual artist Christian Philipp Müller and architect and author Martin Steinmann. They will be honoured together with the winners of the Swiss Art Awards on June 13, 2016.
Adelina von Fürstenberg founded and directed the Contemporary Art Center of Geneva and, in doing this has largely contributed to the visibility of the local art scene, whilst also hosting many international artists. Through her work, Geneva has become a flagship city for contemporary art and many of its artists have later gained European fame or more. The jury distinguishes her as an outstanding personality, whose numerous initiatives have encouraged the Swiss art scene.
Christian Philipp Müller is an internationally acclaimed artist, with a unique artistic personality and the ability to constantly renew his practice. He is one of the few artists who analyses the context in which he is working and integrates this into his projects through the use of different media. Müller also dedicates himself to art education and actively supports the work of a new generation of artists. With this award the jury recognises the versatility of the artist, who is considered an important practitioner of contemporary conceptual art.
Martin Steinmann has a profound knowledge of the Swiss architectural scene and has influenced it during his tenure as a professor at EPFL (Lausanne) with a variety of texts and publications. As editor of various magazines and co-organiser of exhibitions he has repeatedly dealt with the perception of architecture. Together with Diener & Diener architects and Felix Josef Müller he recently realised the acclaimed expansion of the Municipal Museum Aarau.
The jury for the Prix Meret Oppenheim is chaired by Nadia Schneider Willen (collection curator Migros Museum, Zurich). Its members are Giovanni Carmine (director Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland and curator), Julie Enckell Julliard (director at the Musée Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland), Andreas Reuter (sabarchitekten, Basel), Anne-Julie Raccoursier (artist, Lausanne), Anselm Stalder (artist, Basel) and Noah Stolz (curator, producer and critic, Geneva).
For the second time, the Prix Meret Oppenheim will run in parallel to Art Basel, before the opening of the SWISS ART AWARDS 2016 exhibition. The award ceremony will take place on June 13, 2016 at 5:30pm (Hall 4, Messe Basel). Film portraits of the Prix Meret Oppenheim winners will be on show in the exhibition. Exhibition open daily from June 14 to 19, from 10am to 7pm. Admission free.
- Adelina von Fürstenberg. Photo by Lionel Flusin
- Christian Philipp Müller © Haupt & Binder