In Vienna, Austria, on the evening of 9 November, the winner of the 10th annual Henkel Art. Award. 2011 was announced, the laurels going tothe Russian artist David Ter-Oganyan (1981). The four other finalists were from Slovenia, Romania, Ukraine and Latvia, which was represented by Krišs Salmanis (1977). Along with a monetary award of 7000 euro and an exhibition in his native country, David Ter-Oganyan will now have the opportunity to put on a solo show at the contemporary art museum MUMOK in Austria.
The finalists at the Henkel Art. Award. 2011 presentation ceremony
The Henkel Art. Award was established in Austria and is bestowed upon innovative artists from Central- and Eastern Europe working in various kinds of artistic media. The competition is organized by the agency KulturKontakt Austria, in cooperation with the contemporary art museum MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig) in Vienna. Young artists (up to the age of 40) from 23 countries, including Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, were invited to participate.
David Ter-Oganyan. From the series, “Black Geometry”. 2009
The Moscow-based conceptual artist, David Ter-Oganyan, has spent the last 15 years developing both abstract and formal paintings, drawing and objects that discretely comment on political issues. This thematic interest is, possibly, a continuation of his father's voice – that of the artist Avdey Ter-Oganyan. Ter-Oganyan Sr. was extradited from the Soviet Union in 1998 for a performance in which he chopped up icons from the Russian Orthodox Church.