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The Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize

The Kapsch Group and the mumok (Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien) are awarding the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize since 2016. Its aim is to promote young artists who live and work in Austria. The prize winner is given the chance to appear before an international audience for the first time. In addition, the winner receives a solo exhibition at the mumok as well as an associated publication.

Also in 2019, an international jury, composed of Cosima Rainer, Head of the Art Collection and Archive at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Franz Rainer Thalmair, curator at Kunstraum Lakeside, Thomas D. Trummer, Director of Kunsthaus Bregenz, Georg Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch Group, and mumok Director Karola Kraus, selected Anita Leisz from nine nominees.


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Contemporary Art Prize

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Jury process

The selection

Each year, a group of art experts is asked to nominate three artists each for the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize...

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Anita Leisz

Prize winner 2019

Each year, a group of art experts is asked to nominate three artists each for the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize...

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About the artist

An extraordinarily sophisticated treatment of materials

Anita Leisz (*1973 in Leoben) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna...

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Further details about the prize winner of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2019 and her work will be available here soon.

About Kapsch

Mindful of tradition – committed to the new

According to the motto “Mindful of tradition – committed to the new”, Kapsch has supported modern art and culture for roughly 25 years. In its more than 125-years of existence as a technology company, Kapsch has been dedicated to technological progress, often exploring new paths and always fostering innovation.

Kapsch views itself as an Austrian family-run company that also bears a responsibility for an open and diverse society. Supporting modern art is one expression of our social engagement. Because art makes our lives worth living, and this is why we must keep art alive. It was in this spirit that the “Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize” was established in 2016 in cooperation with the mumok.

Previous awards

The prize winners

In her installations, Ute Müller, winner of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2018, places architecture, painting and objects into dynamic interrelationships that break down familiar artistic concepts and modes of perception. Walls and pedestals abandon their purely architectural framing function and become elements...

Ute Müller

“Planned imperfection” is at the heart of the multimedia works of Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2017 winner Julian Turner, in which he cites and humorously challenges the conventions of the art business. Turner addresses architectural and material references that have fallen from grace and reevaluates and reinterprets them.

Julian Turner

At the center of the work of Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2016 winner Anna-Sophie Berger is her involvement with the object as she continuously redefines and expands the concept of the object itself. She concerns herself with its sociological components – with its interactions, its handling.

Anna-Sophie Berger

About the mumok

The Museum

The Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (mumok) is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in central Europe with an extensive collection...

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About Kapsch

Challenging Limits

Founded in 1892, this family-owned company headquartered in Vienna today is a globally-operating technology group with over 7,200 employees.

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