Nine correspondents were appointed and each submitted the names of five artists for inclusion in the Vincent Award longlist. The jury then selected five nominees from the longlist. The correspondents for the Vincent Award 2014 were:
Fabio Cavallucci POL
Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Adam Szymczyk POL/ DEU
Artistic director, Documenta 14
Nataša Petrešin Bachelez FRA
Mirjam Varadinis CHE
Curator, Kunsthaus Zürich
Holger Liebs DEU
Editor-in-chief, Monopol Magazin für Kunst und Leben
Tom Morton ENG
WHW (What, How & for Whom) HRV
Curators’ collective, Zagreb
Xander Karskens NLD
Curator, De Hallen, Haarlem
Nicolaus Schafhausen AUT
Director, Kunsthalle Wien
The members of the international jury for the Vincent Award 2014 were:
Benno Tempel, chairman (Netherlands) NLD
Benno Tempel has been director of the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag since 2009; he is therefore also ex officio director of the Hague Museum of Photography, GEM. Museum of Contemporary Art, and Escher in the Palace. In addition, he is a member of the De Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam and in 2014 and 2015 chaired the jury for the Netherlands’ Royal Award for Painting. In the past he was curator of exhibitions at the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam) and Kunsthal Rotterdam and worked for the Rijksmuseum and other institutions.
Stephan Berg DEU
Stephan Berg is a curator. Since 2008 he has been director of Kunstmuseum Bonn, where the shows he has organised have included exhibitions of work by Nedko Solakov, Julian Rosefeldt, Franz Ackermann, Erwin Wurm and Albert Oehlen. From 2001 to 2008, Berg was director of Kunstverein Hannover and authored many publications on contemporary art. He has also written about contemporary art for periodicals such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper and art journal Kunstforum.
Isabel Carlos POR
Isabel Carlos has been director of the Gulbenkian Foundation’s Centre of Modern Art in Lisbon since 2009. She has been active as an art critic since 1991 and has served as an advisor, for example on exhibitions when Lisbon was European Capital of Culture in 1994. She organised the Portuguese exhibitions at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and the São Paulo Biennials in 1996 and 1998. In addition, she served as a member of the Venice Biennale Jury (2003), as artistic director of the Sydney Biennale (2004), as curator of the Portuguese pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2005) and as curator of the 9th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2009).
Anda Rottenberg POL
Anda Rottenberg is a Polish art historian, art critic, writer, freelance curator and former director of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art. She is also a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the International “Manifesta” Foundation.
Anita Zabludowicz ENG
Anita Zabludowicz studied Fine Art & History of Art and later took a course in Modern Art & Auctioneering at Christie’s. She worked for many years as a project manager in the interior design field. Together with her husband, she has launched a range of art-related philanthropic ventures and in the early ’90s established the Zabludowicz Collection with a view to collecting the work of emerging contemporary artists and to supporting the couple’s philanthropic endeavours. In 2007 she opened an exhibition space in London.
Pierre Huyghe FRA
Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962) lives and works in Paris and New York, and studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He has previously won a number of awards, including a DAAD Prize in Berlin (1999-2000), the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Smithsonian Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010) and the Roswitha Haftmann Award (2013). Huyghe has had solo exhibitions at many venues, including the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001), the Guggenheim Museum and DIA Center for the Arts, New York (2003), Castello di Rivoli Museum d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2004), Tate Modern, London (2006), Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013-2014) and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2014).
Manfred Pernice DEU
Manfred Pernice (b. 1963, Hildesheim, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. He studied graphic art and sculpture in Braunschweig and at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. His major solo exhibitions have included shows at Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (2000), Kunsthalle Zürich (2000), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2000), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2007), Modern Art, Oxford (2010), Secession, Vienna (2010), S.M.A.K. Municipal Museum of Modern Art, Ghent (2011), Institut d’Art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2013) and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2013).
Willem de Rooij NLD
Willem de Rooij (b. 1969) lives and works in Berlin. He studied art history at Amsterdam University and visual art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. De Rooij was awarded the Bâloise Art Prize in 2000, a Robert Fulton fellowship to Harvard University in 2004 and a DAAD Prize in 2006-2007. He represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and has taught visual art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main since 2006. He has had major solo exhibitions at the ICA, London (2002), Kunsthalle Zürich (2004), K21, Düsseldorf (2007), Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (2008), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010), Kunstverein Munich (2012) and the Jewish Museum, New York (2014).
Anri Sala ALB/ FRA
Anri Sala (b. 1974) lives and works in Berlin. He studied art at the national art academy in Tirana and film at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing. In 2001 he won the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale and in 2011 the Absolut Art Award. Recent solo exhibitions by Sala were held at the Serpentine Gallery in London (2011), Japan’s National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2012) and Palazzo Grassi Teatrino, Venice Biennale (2013).
Gillian Wearing ENG
Gillian Wearing (b. 1963) lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and Goldsmith’s College in London. In 1997 she won the Turner Prize and in 2007 she was elected as a lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts. Wearing has had solo exhibitions at venues including the Serpentine Gallery in London (2000), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002), ICA, Philadelphia (2003), Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2004), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf (2012), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012) and Museum Brandhorst in Munich (2013).
The Vincent Award 2014 showcases the best in contemporary European art
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is proud to present work by the five artists shortlisted for the Vincent Award in an exhibition entitled The Vincent Award 2014. The five nominated artists featured in the show are: Pierre Huyghe, Manfred Pernice, Willem de Rooij, Anri Sala and Gillian Wearing. They have produced new works for the exhibition. Work by these artists is seldom seen in the Netherlands, but is now going on show at the GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, from 6 September 2014 to 1 February 2015.
The nominees’ work is highly diverse and of outstanding quality, showing that – even in this era of globalisation – European artists have lost nothing of their vigour or influence. The exhibition showcases both existing and new work.
Willem de Rooij has created a new installation surrounding Piet Mondrian’s painting Lighthouse at Westkapelle, which is in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum. De Rooij places the painting at the centre of his sound installation Ilulissat, a collage of field-recordings of the howling of thousands of Greenlandic sled dogs. Anri Sala has combined three works to create a single new (audiovisual) installation, in which various renditions of punk band The Clash’s smash hit ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ enters into a dialogue with two films set in an abandoned Modernist arts centre and in the Plaza of Three Cultures in Mexico City. Manfred Pernice has produced a work entitled plateau_Cassette (Fontainebleau) and invites visitors to mount it like a stage, thus transforming themselves into part of the architectural landscape. Pierre Huyghe plays with fiction and reality in A Way in Untilled, described as a ‘nature film without the David Attenborough voice-over ’. Finally, Gillian Wearing is presenting part of her photographic oeuvre, including a new work created in 2014, and a sculpture. The exhibition also includes her powerful film BULLY.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag has announced the winner of the Vincent Award 2014 at a prestigious award show held on 21 November. The nominees were Pierre Huyghe (France), Manfred Pernice (Germany), Willem de Rooij (The Netherlands), Anri Sala (Albania/ France) and Gillian Wearing (United Kingdom). The Vincent Award is a leading international contemporary art prize and is designed to spur on a mid-career artist whose work is having a major influence on the development of contemporary art. The announcement that the €50,000 prize goes to artist Anri Sala was made in the presence of the artists and representatives of the international art world. Previous winners were Deimantas Narkevičius, Wilhelm Sasnal, Pawel Althamer, Neo Rauch and Eija-Liisa Ahtila.
The Europe-wide jury announced the shortlist of nominees in the spring of 2014. It showed that, even in this era of globalisation, European artists have lost none of their vigour and influence. The national and international press was full of praise. Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant proclaimed that “This year’s shortlist is once again worth framing”, while its main rival, NRC Handelsblad, thought that “Once again it’s a strong field this year.” Meanwhile, Britain’s Guardian newspaper and Artlyst magazine were cheerleading for UK artist Gillian Wearing. The winner of the Vincent Award was announced at an exclusive award show at the Gemeentemuseum. The award show was opened by jury chairman Benno Tempel and Mr Ahmet Uzumcü, Director-General of the OPCW (winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2013). The ceremony also featured a performance by Brazilian-Dutch choreographer Samir Calixto, winner of the BNG Bank’s Excellent Talent Dance Award.
The Vincent Award 2014 has gone to Anri Sala. The news was announced on 21 November 2014. According to Benno Tempel, chairman of the international jury, “Sala succeeded the best in creating an installation where the viewer is constantly challenged by image, sound and movement. He presents the idea of gone ideologies and the possibilities this creates for the future on an individual level. It is a poetic and at the same time conceptual work.” Anri Sala won € 50,000, to be used as he sees fit.
Anri Sala (b. 1974, Tirana, Albania) is interested in turning points in history: moments that upset the status quo and produce a new order. He sees such moments as providing the scope for new opportunities. Sala’s early works refer to his personal experience of social and political change in Albania following the collapse of the Communist regime in 1991. History, memory and change continue to be recurrent themes in his more recent work. Sala works mainly with film and video.
For the Vincent Award 2014, Sala combined three works to create a single installation. His films ‘Le Clash’ and ‘Tlatelolco Clash’ transport the viewer to a derelict Modernist arts venue and to spots in the vicinity of the Plaza of Three Cultures in Tlatelolco (Mexico City) – places he sees as symbolizing the failure of a ‘Great Ideology’. These images are accompanied by various renditions of punk band The Clash’s renowned ‘Should I stay or should I go?’ track. In ‘Le Clash’, the song becomes a flowing melody played alternately on a barrel organ and a music box, whereas in ‘Tlatelolco Clash’ it reappears in fragmentary form as different players insert separate sheets of perforated music into a barrel organ. Each player cranks the barrel organ at his own rhythm and speed, creating varying interpretations of the tune. The two films are linked by a third work called ‘Doldrum’ (a reference to the windless area of the Atlantic known as the Doldrums, where sailing ships can be becalmed for days or weeks at a time). In all three films, a snare drum beats automatically in response to inaudible, low-frequency noises on the soundtrack.
Jury report on the Vincent Award 2014.