October 23, 2009

Views 2009: Wojciech Bąkowski receives the art prize awarded by the Deutsche Bank Foundation and the Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw

The “Views” prize for new Polish art was awarded in Warsaw this year for the fourth time. The EUR 15,000 prize goes this year to Wojciech Bąkowski. In addition, a grant for a three-month work stay at Villa Romana in Florence was awarded for the first time to Anna Molska. “Views” was initiated in 2003 jointly by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, Deutsche Bank Polska and Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw. The aim of the prize, awarded every two years by an international jury of experts – which this year included Angelika Stepken, director of Villa Romana – is to promote young artists and strengthen the artistic infrastructure in Poland. The exhibition in Zacheta connected with the prize provides a high-publicity platform for young artists. In addition, “Views” helps draw greater international attention to the contemporary Polish art scene. Deutsche Bank was named "Patron of Culture 2006" by Poland's Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of this commitment.

This year’s winner of the prize, Wojciech Bąkowski, impressed the jury with “his extraordinary ability to link images of deep psychological insight with poetic elements. In his films, precise observations of the socio-cultural environment merge with individual feeling and experience.” Anna Molska, who received the Villa Romana work grant, succeeded in convincing the jury “because in her films and performances, she opens up a new perspective onto Modernism’s past that points to the future. Her work places Modernism’s utopian and socio-critical movements in a contemporary context.” Wojtek Doroszuk won the audience prize of 2009.

Until November 15, seven artists born between 1974 and 1983 will be presented at the Zacheta. Their works are an impressive reflection of the vibrant young Polish scene. This year’s focus is on installations incorporating the media of film, video, sound, and sculpture.

The prize is intended to encourage young artists who often receive little public attention despite the growing international success of Polish artists. Deutsche Bank has been involved in Polish art since the early 1990s and specifically buys the works of many promising artists for its collection. This support of the country's artistic talent is part of the bank's mission to make it possible for the individual to grow beyond his or her boundaries and in doing so to use the innovative strength of contemporary art.

In addition to the Polish art prize “Views,” the Deutsche Bank Foundation also supports the Villa Romana Prize. The prize, which was established in 1905 for young German artists, is not only the oldest art prize but also Deutsche Bank’s longest-standing cultural commitment. The Deutsche Bank Awards in Great Britain have been presented since 1993. These awards promote recent university graduates who studied different artistic disciplines.

For further information, please contact:  

Dr. Klaus Winker      
Deutsche Bank Presse     
Phone: +49 (0)69 910-32249    

Britta Färber
Deutsche Bank Art
Phone:  +49 (0)69 910-35960

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