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. By means of a three-month exhibition at the mumok as well as an associated publication, talented up-and-coming artists are given the opportunity to present their work before an international audience.
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.
Each year, a group of art experts is asked to nominate three artists each for the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize...Read more
An extraordinarily sophisticated treatment of materials
Anita Leisz (*1973 in Leoben) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna...Read more
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.
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
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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The Kapsch Group is a globally operating technology corporation headquartered in Vienna. The company's areas of expertise – digitalization and mobility.Read more