The Oskar-Kokoschka-Award 2022
goes to the New York based artist Lawrence Weiner. "On behalf of the jury I would like to cordially congratulate him”, announced jury chairman Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. “Lawrence Weiner, an outstanding conceptual artist active since the 1960s, is being honoured. With his unmistakable formal language, which oscillates between the poetic and the political, he has also dealt with public space in a powerful way. In particular through his impressive work Smashed to pieces (In the Still of the Night), which he conceived for the former Flakturm in the 6th district of Vienna and adapted for the façade of the University of Applied Arts Vienna, but also through his cooperation with the artist group Die Damen, he is closely connected to the city of Vienna. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions in Vienna”, Bast quotes from the jury’s statement.
The Oskar-Kokoschka-Award is one of the most important prizes for fine art in Austria. A ten-member jury headed by the rector of the University of Applied Arts Vienna biennially awards the prize - by the (former called) Federal Ministry for Science and Research in 1980. The Oskar-Kokoschka-Award is granted for outstanding contributions in the field of fine arts. The award ceremony is held on the birthday of Oskar Kokoschka. It will take place on the 1st of March 2022 at the main hall in the university building. The artist hopes to be able to travel to Vienna to receive the award in person. The details concerning the ceremony will be announced in time.
The first Oskar-Kokoschka-Award was given to Hans Hartung in 1981. Since then Mario Merz, Gerhard Richter, Siegfried Anzinger, The Artists from Gugging, Agnes Martin, Jannis Kounellis, John Baldessari, Maria Lassnig, Valie Export, Ilya Kabakov, Peter Weibel, Andrea Fraser, Martha Jungwirth, and finally 2020 Monica Bonvicini, have been awarded.