Tanaka follows Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Yto Barrada (France/Morocco), Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), and Victor Man (Romania) as the sixth international artist to be honored with this award.
Stefan Krause, member of the Management Board and Chairman of the bank’s Global Art Advisory Council, said, “Koki Tanaka forces us to see everyday things with new eyes. He represents a new generation of artists who connect their aesthetic concerns to social issues. This corresponds perfectly to Deutsche Bank’s commitment to art.”
Koki Tanaka, born 1975 in Tochigi, Japan, lives and works in Los Angeles. He represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Currently, his works can be seen in group exhibitions at the London ICA (through September 7, 2014) and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (through October 12, 2014).
“Koki Tanaka is a savvy mobiliser of collective actions. He encourages sharing among participants to produce a common sense of cooperation and creativity. His work represents an inventive approach toward exploring the question of community building,” explains Hou Hanru, artistic director of the MAXXI in Rome. As part of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, Hanru makes recommendations together with Okwui Enwezor, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn on the choice of Artist of the Year.
Koki Tanaka will present his first major solo show in Europe at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in 2015.
For further information on Deutsche Bank’s global art programme, please visit: www.db.com/art and www.db-artmag.com