September 19, 2008

Kandinsky Prize in Berlin for the First Time – Exhibition at Palazzo Italia Offers a Glance at Contemporary Russian Art

Selected works of the Kandinsky Prize laureates and nominees 2007 will be on show from September 20 through to October 10 for the first time in Berlin. The exhibition of the Kandinsky Prize, which was initiated by the ArtChronika Foundation and is supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, is on view at Palazzo Italia, Unter den Linden and will offer a glance into contemporary Russian art.

The Kandinsky Prize was launched in 2007 to promote the vital development of contemporary Russian. Initiated by the ArtChronika Foundation, the foundation of Russia’s leading art magazine, and strongly accompanied by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the prize not only supports promising talents, but also enhances international attention for contemporary positions in Russia. The prize, endowed with 55,000 Euros, is the very first award for contemporary Russian art. The prize jury as well as its Board of Trustees consist of a high-calibre group of experts, including the well-known curator Andrey Erofeev and Samuel Keller, director of the Fondation Beyeler in Basel.

Following stations in Moscow and Riga, now visitors can get a feel for the Kandinsky Prize in Berlin. A comprehensive show at the Palazzo Italia at Unter den Linden introduces the works of nominees and winners. The focus of the show concentrates on the prize-winners: in the “Artist of the Year” category, the Kandinsky Prize went to Anatoly Osmolovsky (born in 1969), one of the most well-known figures on the Moscow scene.
The 10,000 Euro prize in the category “Best Media Project” went to Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe, a performer, born in Leningrad in 1969.

The category “Best Young Artist” represents the prize’s aspect of international support. This year’s winner Vladlena Gromova receives a three-month fellowship to the Villa Romana in Florence, which is also supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation. Along with the winners of the Kandinsky Prize, the show also presents nominees such as Konstantin Latyshev and the artists’ group AES+F.

As a platform for a young generation of artists, the Kandinsky Prize will again increase in importance in 2008. Works by this year’s nominees will be presented in Moscow in the fall and in December the winners will be rewarded.

For around 30 years, Deutsche Bank has been committed to promoting contemporary art. Under the motto “Art Works,” the bank systematically acquires contemporary international art and displays it in bank buildings and exhibitions around the globe. With more than 53,000 works of art, the Deutsche Bank Collection is considered one of the world’s largest and most important corporate collections. The collection contains works by renowned Russian artists such as Boris Mikhailov, Andrej Reiter, Oleg Vukolov, Vadim Zakharov and Ilya Kabakov.

With their involvement in the Kandinsky Prize, the only independent and the most important Russian art prize, Deutsche Bank and its foundation are making a commitment to Russia’s young and vital art scene. After sponsoring several and presenting works from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Deutsche Bank is now supporting talented Russian artists in this way.
Among Deutsche Bank’s Russian partners are the Kremlin Museums, the state-owned Tretyakov Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow, as well as the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. From 1983 to 2007, Deutsche Bank participated in over 20 international cultural projects in Russia.

Palazzo Italia
Unter den Linden 10, entrance on Charlottenstraße, 10117 Berlin
Mon-Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat/Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For further information, please call:

Deutsche Bank
Dr. Klaus Winker    
Phone: 0049-69-910-32249  

Britta Färber
Phone: 0049-69-910-35960

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