2018

Niko Abramidis & NE
Cana Bilir-Meier
Keto Logua

Winners ars viva 2019 © the artists

In 2018, the ars viva Prize for visual art has been awarded to Niko Abramidis & NE (*1987), Cana Bilir-Meier (*1986), and Keto Logua (*1988).

The prize includes two exhibitions in KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation and Kunstmuseum Bern and an arts residency on Fogo Island (Canada). In addition to a stipend of 5,000 Euro each the Kulturkreis produces a bilingual catalog published by Kerber Verlag.

The jury, chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein, included members of the Kulturkreis’ Committee for Visual Arts, Mathilda Legemah and Franziska Rieger (Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft), and cooperating partners Julia Höner (KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation), Dr Nina Zimmer (Kunstmuseum Bern), Zita Cobb (Shorefast Foundation/Fogo Island Arts), and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Kunsthalle Wien, Shorefast Foundation). Bettina Steinbrügge (Kunstverein Hamburg) served as an adviser. The jury selected 12 finalists from 49 nominated artists. Finalists presented their works in studios and at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin.

The Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft announced the winners of the 2019 ars viva Prize at “Es lebe die Kunst! 65 Jahre ars viva. Künstler und Förderer im Gespräch“ (Long live art! 65 years of ars viva. Artists and sponsors in conversation), an event at ART COLOGNE on April 20, 2018.

KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf

October 7, 2018 till January 19, 2019

ars viva 2019, Keto Logua, installation view: KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, 2018 © photo: Simon Vogel, Düsseldorf
ars viva 2019, Cana Bilir-Meier, installation view: KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, 2018 ©  Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf
ars viva 2019, Niko Abramidis & NE, installation view: KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, 2018 © photo: Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf

Kunstmuseum Bern

July 6, 2019 till August 18, 2019
Opening: July 5, 2019

ars viva 2019, Niko Abramidis & NE, installation view: Kunstmuseum Bern, 2019 © photo: David Aebi
ars viva 2019, Keto Logua, installation view: Kunstmuseum Bern, 2019 © photo: David Aebi
ars viva 2019, Cana Bilir-Meier, installation view: Kunstmuseum Bern, 2019 © photo: David Aebi
Cover "ars viva 2019" © Kerber Verlag/ Kulturkreis

ars viva 2019
Niko Abramidis & NE
Cana Bilir-Meier
Keto Logua

Kerber Verlag
German, English

Texts by: Elke Buhr, Georg Imdahl, Sabeth Buchmann, Pablo Larios

Editor: Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V.

Editor: Mathilda Legemah

Design: HIT, Berlin

ISBN 978-3-7356-0498-9