Swiss Emerging Artist Prize
Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland announces its commitment to young contemporary artists by launching the “Swiss Emerging Artist Prize” to support and provide visibility to their work.
The prize rewards the work of a Swiss national or based artist aged up to 35 who has made a coherent and original artistic contribution in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, installation art, drawing and video. The Bank has commissioned the specialised art consultancy firm Kennedy Fine Art to advise on the creation and production of this prize.
The 15 participants eligible for the 2018 “Swiss Emerging Artist Prize” have been nominated by independent curators from the Swiss contemporary art scene. The selected artists, from German, French and Italian-speaking Switzerland, reflect the country's cultural diversity as well as the reputation of Swiss art schools which attracts international talent.
On 31 May 2018, a jury composed of Staffan Ahrenberg, Andrea Bellini, Aurélie Deplus, Elena Filipovic, and Simon de Pury will announce the prize winner at a gala evening organised by the Bank. The winner will receive CHF 20,000.
The creation of this award, to take place every two years, underlines Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland’s long-term commitment to the Swiss contemporary art scene.
The 15 nominees selected by our nominators for the « Swiss Emerging Artist Prize » 2018 are : Brigham Baker, Vittorio Brodmann, Timothée Calame, Chloé Delarue, Gina Folly, Mathis Gasser, Lauren Huret, Thomas Julier, Sonia Kacem, Judith Kakon, Marco Scorti, Jan Vorisek, Hannah Weinberger, Manon Wertenbroek, Seyoung Yoon
Members of the jury
Collector and editor of Cahiers d’Art
Born in Stockolm, Staffan Ahrenberg grew up near Vevey, where his family established in 1962. He was exposed to art at a very young age and met many artists through his father Theodor Ahrenberg, one of the most important collectors of Modern Art of his time, also friend and patron of numerous major artists of the XXth century such as Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Tinguely, Le Corbusier, or Tadeusz Kantor. In the 80s, Staffan moved to Los Angeles to be a film producer. Back in Europe years later, Staffan Ahrenberg took over Cahiers d’Art in 2011 to bring the spirit of this legendary art publishing house back to life and revive the magazine of the same name by including modern and contemporary artists.
Director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
Andrea Bellini is the director of the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève and artistic director of the Biennale of Moving Images since 2012. Prior to this, he was the co-director of Castello di Rivoli, the director of the art fair Artissima, the curatorial advisor at MoMA PS1 and the editor in chief of Flash Art International in New York. He has curated more than 100 major group and solo exhibitions, many of which have travelled internationally. Only to cite some of Bellini’s most prominent projects, Andrea has curated solo exhibitions of Marina Abramović, Roberto Cuoghi, John McCraken, Nicole Miller, Philippe Parreno or Thomas Schütte. He has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and has directed various publications, such as monographs of Roberto Cuoghi, Pablo Bronstein, Robert Overby, Ernie Gehr, or Giorgio Griffa.
Art Patronage Manager and Head of Public Relations of Societe Generale
Aurélie Deplus has been Societe Generale group's Art Patronage Manager since December 2013, and of Head of Public Relations since the beginning of the year. As Art Patronage Manager, Aurélie is in charge of the Collection throughout its life (acquisitions, exhibitions, loans, mediation) and in particular of opening up the Collection to a wider public audience and sharing it internationally. Aurélie had previously been in charge of Communications for Societe Generale’s Corporate and Investment Banking Finance division, a position she had held since January 2008. Aurélie Deplus is a graduate of the Institut Supérieur de Commerce, the Société Française des Analystes Financiers and has trained at Christie's Education.
Director of the Kunsthalle Basel
Elena Filipovic has lead Kunsthalle Basel as its director and curator since November 2014. She previously served as senior curator of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels from 2009-2014, and co-curator of the 5th Berlin Biennale in 2008 with Adam Szymczyk. She has curated numerous solo exhibitions of emerging artists in addition to organizing several traveling retrospectives. Her writings have appeared widely in artists’ catalogues and journals, and she is the author, most recently, of The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp (MIT Press, 2016) and David Hammons, Bliz-aard Ball Sale (Afterall Books, 2017).
Simon de Pury
Auctioneer and art collector
Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace and for his legendary performance on the auction podium. From 2000 to 2012 he was Chairman and Chief Auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company. At the beginning of 2013 Simon founded de Pury de Pury with his wife, a company specializing in building collections, consulting established collectors and institutions. Additionally, they conceive and curate exhibitions, as well as supporting and advising artists. He is an active charity auctioneer, and over the years has raised hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of charities and cultural institutions.
The nominators of the "Swiss Emerging Artist Prize" 2018 recommended by Kennedy Fine Art are:
- Alexandra Blättler, Curator and Art Historian, Zurich
- Sévérine Fromaigeat, Curator Museum Tinguely, Basel
- Samuel Leuenberger, Independent curator and Founder of SALTS, Birsfelden and Berlin
- Denis Pernet, Curator, Hard Hat, Geneva
- Sébastien Peter, Independant Curator, Zurich