Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2014

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory honors exceptional cultural achievements by art historians and theorists whose work refers to Central and South Eastern Europe.The Award highlights the notion of arts and culture, encouraging the production of cultural knowledge and exchange between ‘East’ and ‘West’. Igor Zabel (1958-2005), the name generator for this biennial Award, was an influential Slovenian curator, art critic, writer and theorist, the main propagator of his country’s art scene during the 1990s. As the senior curator of Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija, he established cultural links between Eastern and Western Europe.

An international jury made up of one artist, one curator and one theorist appoints the laureate. In addition to the award, three working grants are offered. With total prize money of EUR 76,000 it is one of the highest and most prestigious prizes for cultural activities related to Central and South Eastern Europe. The winners will be announced on 6 November 2014.

Jury Members 2014:
Keti Chukhrov (art theorist and philosopher, Moscow)
Rainer Fuchs (art historian and curator, head of exhibitions and deputy director mumok, Vienna)
Apolonija Šušteršič (artist and architect, Ljubljana and Oslo)

PROGRAMME

Conference | Continuing Dialogues
Thursday, 6 November 2014 | 3 – 6 p.m. | mumok
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Language: English

Igor Zabel took a critical view of “dialogue” as a form. Even though in his activities as a curator, art historian, critic, and writer he always promoted a critical exchange between “East” and “West”, one of his best known articles, entitled Dialogue, provides an analysis of the challenges posed by the problems of translation which to this day inevitably accompany such debates in a Europe that is in a state of transformation.

3 p.m. Welcome and introduction

3.30 p.m. Dialogue 1 “Figures and Prefigurations”
Karel Císař (art theorist and curator, Prague) and Rainer Fuchs (art historian and curator, head of exhibitions and deputy director mumok, Vienna)

4 p.m. Dialogue 2 “Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihre Freiheit.”
Miklavž Komelj (art historian, poet and translator, Ljubljana) and Apolonija Šušteršič (artist and architect, Ljubljana and Oslo)

5 p.m. Conversation “Neo-Patriotism and the Options of Dissidentship”
Keti Chukhrov (art theorist and philosopher, Moscow), Ekaterina Degot (art historian, curator and writer, Cologne and Moscow) and Kirill Medvedev/Free Marxist Press (activist and publisher, Moscow)

Celebration of the Winners
Thursday, 6 November 2014 | 10 p.m. | SECESSION
Address: Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna

Setting by Josef Dabernig
Music by Lüften (Rainer Binder-Krieglstein und Andreas Fränzl)