PRESS RELEASE 2010-12-13

Igor Zabel Award: Piotr Piotrowski honoured as outstanding art historian of the Central Eastern European region

Art historian Piotr Piotrowski from Poland is the recipient of this year’s Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory. Initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation, the award recognises outstanding cultural activities related to the Central and South Eastern European region. Additionally to the award, four working grants will be given to the Croatian-British writers and curators Maja and Reuben Fowkes, to the interdisciplinary Peace Institute from Ljubljana, to the Romanian curator Raluca Voinea and the Bratislava based art historian Daniel Grúň.

Igor Zabel Award: Piotr Piotrowski honoured as outstanding art historian of the Central Eastern European region Piotr Piotrowski, Winner of Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the work of a cultural protagonist whose work is dedicated to internationally broaden the knowledge of visual culture in Central and South Eastern Europe. The laureate is selected by an international jury. The jury was appointed by ERSTE Foundation and in 2010 consists of the following members: Edit András, art historian (Hungary/USA), Chus Martínez, curator (Spain), Tadej Pogačar, artist (Slovenia). Candidates for the award are international curators, theorists, writers, critics who are coming from or living and/or working in the region, whose work spans Central and South Eastern Europe respectively. In 2010, in addition to the award of EUR 40.000, four working grants were awarded, three by the jury, one by the laureate.

 The awards ceremony was held in Barcelona on Friday, 10 December 2010, accompanied by the conference “Writing art history. Dialogues in the present continuous”, both of them being organized in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art from Barcelona (MACBA).  

 Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory – Winner 2010 (EUR 40.000)

 Piotr Piotrowski is honored with the Igor Zabel Award for his art history writing in Eastern Europe, which is hardly visible in the canonised, so-called universal art history. Piotrowski is Professor ordinarius at the Institute of Art History, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland). The jury expressed its appreciation and support for his work and acknowledges “one of the most outstanding art historians of the Central Eastern European region, who has exceptional professional achievements”. Piotr Piotrowski has a significant body of writings focusing on transnational modern and contemporary art. His main goal is to subvert the traditional geography of art that functions as a tool of subordination, and to offer the marginal position as an analytic advantage based on his conviction that “the margin can reveal elements that are invisible from the centre”. He is active in setting up a network, as well as disseminating the specific art practices and ideas that originate in the region, outside of the centres. By doing so, Piotr Piotrowski acts as a sort of cultural ambassador. 

For further information on the granted winners, please download the full press release (PDF).


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