Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria

for Contemporary Fine Arts 2013

08.11.2013-09.02.2014 10:00-17:00

Opening: Nov 7, 2013, 7pm

The award exhibition presents works of art drawn from different aesthetics and artistic philosophies. The only common feature linking the authors is their more or less formal relation with a certain administrative territory—Styria. However, in our globalised artworld, this aspect determines the character of individual artistic expression only to a limited degree. In addition, most of the artists participating in the exhibition—though all were born or studied or lived in Styria once — are now co-creating the artistic scenes of Vienna, Berlin or Brussels. If any territorial identification is important to them, it is not necessarily that of the province of Styria.


Hence, it was not identification with the province or any form of referring to its localness that was the criterion used in selecting artists for the exhibition. The purpose was not to exhibit representative samples of the artistic trends currently dominant on the Styrian stage. In the context of the adopted format of a competition, such approaches would prove highly problematic.The decisive factor in selecting the artists was therefore the value of each individual work, evaluated through the prism of the curator’s personal preferences. 


The competition exhibition can thus be seen as a show given by a dream team brought together by the curator, Jarosław Suchan, Director of the Muzeum Sztuki, Łódź.  The members of this super group—which could be called ‘The Styrians’—have left their original crews and will for a short while be uniting their forces in order to give an unforgettable concert together. Representativity or typicality of their creation is of no significance here. What counts in the end is the sheer quality of their individual input – what they contribute to this joint venture. 


Participating artists:
Martin Ebner
Robert Gruber
Michael Gumhold
Daniel Hafner
Angelika Loderer
Evelyn Loschy
Georg Oberhumer
Katrin Plavčak
Kurt Ryslavy
Gregor Schmoll


The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (German/English, in-house publication of the Universalmuseum Joanneum). 

Prizes and Winners


Every year since 1959 the Province of Styria has held the Competition for the Prize Promoting Contemporary Fine Arts, which this year is awarded for the 45th time. Previous prize winners include such names as Wolfgang Hollegha (1966), Herbert Brandl (1980), Michael Schuster (1989) or Werner Reiterer (1990), who managed to make a name both in the Austrian and international art scene. 

The winners of the prizes of the Province of Styria have been determined by audience voting, with the order according to the number of votes given:
Georg Oberhumer
Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts: € 10.000.-
Michael Gumhold, Angelika Loderer
work stipends of the Province of Styria: € 5.000.- each
Daniel Hafner, Gregor Schmoll
art acquisitions by the Province of Styria: € 8.000.- in total.
The prizes of the Province of Styria were awarded on November 25, 2013 at 7pm in the Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–), Graz as part of the presentation of the Provincial Cultural Prizes for Art.



Winners of Sponsored Prizes
Martin Ebner
Art purchase by the friends of the 'A.R.' (Awangarda Rzeczywista) for the Muzeum Sztuki, Łodź
As part of the exhibition opening, the curator awarded the following sponsored prizes:
Angelika Loderer
‘con-tempus’ Prize: € 5.000.-
Gregor Schmoll
Viktor Fogarassy Prize: € 4.000.-
Michael Gumhold
Humanic Prize: € 2.000.-


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Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts 2013, Exhibition Opening