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Yuri Albert receives the Kandinsky Prize in the category, “Project of the Year”. Photo: ITAR-TASS

Kandinsky Prize 2011 Winner Announced 0

On the evening of December 14, in the capital of Russia, the winner of the prestigious Kandinsky Prize, category – “Project of the Year”, was announced. The 40,000 EUR-prize was awarded to Yuri Albert (1959), Moscow's representative of conceptualism, for his installation, Moscow Poll, 2009.

Yuri Albert. “Moscow Poll”, 2009

Yuri Albert is a Russian painter, graphic artist and installation artist, as well as one of the founders of the “Avante Garde Club” (КЛАВА), est. 1987. Since 2008, he has been a member of the association, “Cupid”, but since 2011 – a member of “Edelweiss”. Albert had been selected in 2007 as a finalist for the Kandinsky Prize – “Artist of the Year”, for his exhibition titled, “Exhibition”, but that year the award went to Anatoly Osmolovsky (1969). Albert's works can be found in the collections of the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, in New Brunswick, and elsewhere. The Kandinsky Prize 2011-laureate lives and works in Moscow and Cologne.

Yuri Albert. “Moscow Poll”, 2009

Named after the great Russian artist and leader of abstractionism, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), the Prize is the largest, independent national award in Russian contemporary art. It was founded in 2007 by the “ArtChronika” foundation as an answer to the Turner Prize in Great Britain and the Marcel Duchamp Prize in France; in a very short period of time, it has become one of the most prestigious and influential awards in Russian contemporary art. Currently, the Kandinsky Prize consists of three separate categories: “Project of the Year” (40,000 EUR), “New Artist. Project of the Year” (10,000 EUR) and “Media Art. Project of the Year” (7,000 EUR).