November 20, 2018 - Igor Zabel Association - Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 goes to Joanna Mytkowska
November 20, 2018

Igor Zabel Association

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018. Design: Anja Delbello & Aljaž Vesel / AA, 2018.

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 goes to Joanna Mytkowska
Award ceremony programme
December 6–7, 2018, 6pm

Moderna galerija
Cankarjeva cesta 15
SI- 1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the exceptional achievements of cultural protagonists whose work supports, develops or investigates visual art and culture in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The jury has awarded Joanna Mytkowska the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2018 for her committed and outstanding work as the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The jury acknowledges the extraordinary intellectual, curatorial and civic achievements that Mytkowska has developed over the last 15 years, especially as the director of MoMA in Warsaw. Notable are her exceptional commitment to reaffirming the relation of art to society in times of radical socio-political transformations in Poland and beyond as well as her outstanding expertise on art from Central and Eastern Europe.

Igor Zabel Award Grant recipients 2018 according to the jury's selection are:
Edith Jeřábková, curator, researcher, teacher and art writer from Prague, Czech Republic
Oberliht Association from Chisinau, Moldova
Igor Zabel Award Grant recipient 2018 according to the laurate's selection:
The Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC) from Kiev, Ukraine

2018 jury members: Adam Budak (chief curator, National Gallery, Prague), Ana Janevski (curator, MoMA, New York), Erzen Shkololli (director, National Art Gallery of Albania, Tirana)

2018 nominators: Anna Daučíková, Branislav Dimitrijević, Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Christian Höller, Lívia Páldi, Dan Perjovschi, Magdalena Radomska, Barbara Steiner, Adam Szymczyk, Maria Vassileva

Named in honour of the distinguished Slovenian curator and art historian Igor Zabel (1958–2005), the award has been conferred biennially since 2008 in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation (Vienna) and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana). With prize money totalling 76,000 EUR, it is one of the highest and most prestigious prizes for cultural activities related to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

The 2018 winners will be presented at an award ceremony: December 7, 2018, Moderna galerija, Cankarjeva 15, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Award ceremony programme: December 7, 2018

6pm: The Curator’s Room: Igor Zabel – How to Make Art Visible?
Upon the tenth anniversary of the Igor Zabel Award, an award programme will also include the English premiere of a documentary film about Igor Zabel.

The Curator’s Room focuses on Zabel’s work in the field of visual arts from the end of the 1980s to his death. Through the film, we learn how, in that epochal time—at the turn of the century and at the intersections of (post)modern and contemporary art, the local and international art space, socialism and capitalism, East and West, the artistic and the social/political—he faced in his work not only great changes and conflicts, but also possibilities for the new.

More about the documentary 

8pm: Igor Zabel Award ceremony and presentation of the winners
8:30: Art as Commitment and Right: A Conversation with Joanna Mytkowska
Joanna Mytkowska is an art historian, curator and, since 2007, the director of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. The conversation will focus on the possibilities and challenges of reaffirming the relation of art to society in times of radical socio-political transformations and on the role of a museum as civically responsible institution in this context.

Full programme of the award ceremony 

The day before on December 6, 2018, an accompanying conference Art – How Much is it Still an Idea for the Future? at Moderna galerija, Ljubljana will feature international speakers: Clémentine Deliss, Zoran Erić, iLiana Fokianaki, Ana Janevski, Nomaduma Masilela, Cuauhtémoc Medina Gonzalez, Lívia Páldi, Marjetica Potrč, Marcelo Rezende, Adam Szymczyk.

Full programme of the conference

The award ceremony programme and accompanying conference are organized by: Igor Zabel Association, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana and ERSTE Foundation.

https://www.igorzabel.org/en
http://www.mg-lj.si/en/
www.erstestiftung.org/en/iza/

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