View out of the bulding, in which the Art Basel is located. The Art Basel label is mirrored visible

Baloise Art Prize

Since the immemorial, art has been an essential part of our lives. Art visualizes our thoughts, dreams and visions. That‘s why art fills our live with colour. For the past seventeen years, Baloise Group and Art Basel have given young artists an opportunity to present their work in the Statements sector of Art Basel to a jury of international art experts who award the coveted Baloise Art Prize.

The Baloise Group has cultivated its commitment to the fine arts for several decades. Sixteen years ago, Baloise widened its efforts to promote the arts by introducing a new and substantial dimension: the Baloise Art Prize, which is awarded annually to two young artists. The two awards, which include a cash prize of CHF 30,000 each, are presented in the Art Statements sector of the Art Basel by a jury made up of renowned art specialists.

Speech of Andreas Burckhardt, the Chairman of Baloise, at the mumok Wien in 2013 regarding the donation

In addition, Baloise buys groups of works by the prizewinners with the object of donating them to two leading European museums, currently the MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt and the MUDAM, Luxembourg. Baloise’s commitment to fostering the arts in the form of prize money, purchases of art works, financial support for Art Statements, and museum exhibitions for the prizewinners amounts to some CHF 250,000 each year. This long-standing commitment to promoting young artists at Art Basel has brought Baloise wide recognition in the international art world. The list of prizewinners is im-pressive. Many earlier prizewinners are now prominent members of the international art scene.

Donation Hambuger Kunsthalle 2014
The artist Kemang Wa Lehulere presents his artwork at the Hamburger Kunsthalle where it was donated in 2014

Jury Procedure of Statements Presentation

"An extraordinary selection"

Behind the scenes of Baloise Art Prize 2016: The Prize has been awarded for the 18th time this year. The prize of CHF 30,000 is presented at the Statements sector of Art Basel by a jury of international experts. The prize includes the acquisition by Baloise of a group of works by the award winners, which are donated to two important museums in Europe: currently the MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt a.M. and the MUDAM, Musée d'Ar Moderne, Luxembourg.

The jury members of 2016 are: Marie-Noëlle Farcy, Curator/Head of Collection, MUDAM Luxembourg; Sabine Schaschl, Director, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; Peter Gorschlüter, Deputy Director, MMK Frankfurt; Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, Ludwig Museum, Colgne and Martin Schwander, Chairman of the jury.