Vienna Chamber of Commerce presents three prizes for the best booth design at VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary.
For the ninth time Vienna Chamber of Commerce supports the art and gallery scene in Vienna through its cooperation with VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary. The new president of Vienna Chamber of Commerce DI Walter Ruck decided to continue the already well-positioned Emerging and Established Gallery Prize for young and established galleries – each endowed with 5000 EUR prize money. In 2014 the prize has been awarded solely to Viennese galleries with the aim of honoring the performance of local galleries, who are member operations of Vienna Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, an International Gallery Prize was presented to the amount of 5000 EUR, which was open to both Austrian galleries and galleries from other participating countries.
The 2014 jury is comprised of the following personalities: Peter Bogner, director of the Austrian Friedrich and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna; Michaela Knapp, head of the culture section, Format magazine, Vienna; and Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, director of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna.
Grounds of the Jury’s Decision
The Emerging Gallery Prize goes to Josefine Wagner, Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna for her dedicated programmatic work with the media contemporary photography and sculpture and for the commencing internationalization of her gallery activities. At VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary with the work of Klaus Pamminger she presents a coherent artistic implementation of photography within a spatial setting.
The Established Gallery Prize is awarded to Georg Kargl, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna for his consequent and concise work, which has made a decisive contribution to the internationalization of Vienna’s gallery scene. From positioning Austrian art from the turn of the century in New York to the development of the neighborhood around Schleifmühlgasse into an art district, he has been a proven source of sustainable impulses. Both the exhibitions in the gallery and in the Georg Kargl Box as well as the concepts for his fair presentations, whether internationally or at VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary, are setting new benchmarks. This year’s presentation at VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary impresses by combining excellent artistic positions into a powerful, coherent whole.
The International Gallery Prize is given to Monika Branicka and Asia Żak Persons, Galerie ŻAK | BRANICKA, Berlin/Krakow for the bold presentation of Polish artists Natalia Stachon and Szymon Kobylarz, which stands out with its radical nature and opens new perspectives for fair presentations. The gallery founded in Poland continues in Berlin to rigorously pursue its focus on Eastern European artists, working with commitment and an international network along with its own publication.