Since the immemorial, art has been an essential part of our lives. Art visualizes our thoughts, dreams and visions. That‘s why art fills our live with colour. For the past twenty years, Baloise Group and Art Basel have given young artists an opportunity to present their work in the Statements sector of Art Basel to a jury of international art experts who award the coveted Baloise Art Prize.
The Baloise Group has cultivated its commitment to the fine arts for several decades. Twenty years ago, Baloise widened its efforts to promote the arts by introducing a new and substantial dimension: the Baloise Art Prize, which is awarded annually to two young artists. The two awards, which include a cash prize of CHF 30,000 each, are presented in the Art Statements sector of the Art Basel by a jury made up of renowned art specialists.
In addition, Baloise buys groups of works by the prizewinners with the object of donating them to two leading European museums, currently the MUDAM, Luxembourg and the Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Baloise’s commitment to fostering the arts in the form of prize money, purchases of art works, financial support for Art Statements, and museum exhibitions for the prizewinners amounts to some CHF 250,000 each year. This long-standing commitment to promoting young artists at Art Basel has brought Baloise wide recognition in the international art world. The list of prizewinners is im-pressive. Many earlier prizewinners are now prominent members of the international art scene.
Baloise Group has a long-standing tradition of promoting talent. For many years, it has given access to careers with substance. The same idea of sponsorship is also paramount in the company’s commitment to art.
The prize money enables the young recipients to continue their work. At the same time, the acquisition of their artworks, which are then donated to well-known museums, offers an ideal platform to present their talent. This combination of prize money, acquisition, donation and exhibition within one art prize is unique, and continues to make the Baloise Art Prize much sought-after and highly acclaimed.
Behind the scenes of Baloise Art Prize 2016: The Prize has been awarded then for the 18th time. The prize of CHF 30,000 is presented at the Statements sector of Art Basel by a jury of international experts. The prize includes the acquisition by Baloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: currently the MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.M. and the MUDAM, Musée d'Ar Moderne, Luxembourg.
The jury members of 2016 are: Marie-Noëlle Farcy, Curator/Head of Collection, MUDAM Luxembourg; Sabine Schaschl, Director, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Peter Gorschlüter, Deputy Director, MMK Frankfurt; Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, Ludwig Museum, Cologne and Martin Schwander, Chairman of the jury.