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Swiss Art Awards
Bundesamt für Kultur BAK

Messe Basel, Halle 4
11.06 - 17.06.2012

Künstler / Artists: Kathrin Hella Affentranger, Urnamo: Wathiq Al-Ameri + Ali Al-Fatlawi, Annette Amberg, Luigi Archetti, Gilles Aubry, Matthieu Barbezat, Sabina Baumann, Barbara Brülisauer, Fabian Chiquet, Raphaël Cuomo + Maria Iorio, Jonathan Delachaux, Livia Di Giovanna, Esther Ernst, Marcel Gähler, Federica Gärtner, Jeanne Gillard, Com & Com: Marcus Gossolt + Johannes M. Hedinger, Florian Graf, Sam Graf, Bettina Grossenbacher, Daniela Gugg, Nina Haab, Raphael Hefti, Ray Hegelbach, Christina Hemauer + Roman Keller, Nicole Hösli, huber.huber: Markus Huber + Reto Huber, Cecile Hummel, Sonia Kacem, Clare Kenny, Thomas Kneubühler, Knowbotiq, Markus Kummer, Jérôme Leuba, Stefan Meier, Aldo Mozzini, Alexandra Navratil, Cat Tuong Nguyen, Uriel Orlow, Lauris Paulus, Susana Perrottet, Augustin Rebetez, Vanessa Safavi, Vittorio Santoro, Nora Schmidt, Filib Schürmann, Remo Stoller, Miki Tallone, Riikka Tauriainen, Navid Tschopp, Benjamin Valenza, Martina-Sofie Wildberger, Margot Zanni, Zimoun

The exhibition Swiss Art Awards forms part of Switzerland’s oldest and most renowned art competition. The competition was first held in 1899 as a selection process for scholarships to study abroad. Over time, it evolved into a prestigious national prize competition which every year presents a selection of current works of the Swiss art scene.
The Swiss Art Awards exhibition is organised by the Federal Office of Culture and held in conjunction with ART in Hall 4 of Messe Basel. This year, 67 contemporary works are on display which the Federal Art Commission and the Jury of the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation have selected from approximately 800 submissions. These works are complemented by five architectural projects – they are also presented on site in the form of installations – and by the entries of 27 Swiss art and architecture critics. From within this field, the Federal Art Commission and the Kiefer Hablitzel Jury select the prize winners shortly before the exhibition opens.

Additionally, companies such as Swiss Mobiliar and Caran d’Ache as well as the Dr. Georg and Josy Guggenheim Foundation award further special prizes within the framework of the exhibition.
For the international expert audience gathering in Basel for the ART event every year, the Swiss Art Awards provide an excellent opportunity to obtain information, on the basis of a selected cross-section, on the latest highlights of Swiss contemporary art and the big names of the future. With the preview held on Monday evening, cafe and bar operation during the entire week, and the Open House Party on Friday night, the Swiss Art Awards furthermore constitute the annual meeting place for the Swiss art scene where artists, curators, critics, art gallery owners and collectors can network and initiate new projects.