Hugo Boss Prize 2002 Recipient: Pierre Huyghe

Hugo Boss Prize 2002 Recipient: Pierre Huyghe 


Exhibition of the Artist's Work to Open at the Guggenheim in Early 2003

October 16, 2002—New York, NY—Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, and Dr. Bruno Sälzer, Chairman and CEO, Hugo Boss AG, today announced that French artist Pierre Huyghe has been named the recipient of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2002. The HUGO BOSS PRIZE, a biennial international award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. Huyghe, who will receive an award of $50,000, was selected from a group of six short-listed artists by an international jury of museum curators and directors. An exhibition of the artist's work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum during the winter and spring of 2003.


"On behalf of the jury, I am delighted to announce Pierre Huyghe as the winner of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2002," said Thomas Krens. "In Huyghe's remarkable work, which involves film, photography, video, sound, computer animation, sculpture, design, and architecture, Huyghe examines the narrative structures of popular culture, investigating the relationships between fiction and reality, and memory and history."


"For me, art signifies innovation, creativity, and cosmopolitanism in its true sense," said Bruno Sälzer. "I am extremely pleased to honor Pierre Huyghe, whose work embodies the spirit of ingenuity that this award seeks." The shortlist of six finalists for the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2002 was announced in January. In addition to Pierre Huyghe, the artists included Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Belgium), Olafur Eliasson (b. 1967, Denmark), Hachiya Kazuhiko (b.1966, Japan), Koo Jeong-a (b. 1967, Korea), and Anri Sala (b. 1974, Albania). According to its criteria, the HUGO BOSS PRIZE sets no restrictions in terms of age, gender, race, nationality, or media, and the nominations included young, emerging artists, as well as established individuals whose public recognition may be long overdue.


Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, where he currently lives and works. The artist graduated form the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, in 1985. Huyghe's work, which has taken the form of video and installations in recent years, often uses film as a departure for his investigations of fiction versus fact. His work has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions including shows at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2002); Musée d' Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2001); the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Amsterdam (2001); Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal (2000–2001); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (2000); Aarhus Kunstmueum, Denmark (1999); Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998).


His work has been represented in notable group exhibitions, including Moving Pictures, currently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (through January 12, 2003); No Ghost Just a Shell, Kunsthalle Zürich (2002); Documenta 11, Kassel (2002); Animations, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, New York (2001); Regarding Beauty: A View of the Late Twentieth Century, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., and Haus der Kunst, Munich (1999–2000); the Istanbul Biennial (1999); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1999); the Venice Biennale (1999); Premises, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York (1998); and the second Johannesburg Biennial (1997). Additionally, Huyghe represented France at the Venice Biennale (2001) and received a special award.

In conjunction with this year's HUGO BOSS PRIZE, the Guggenheim has published a catalogue that features the work of all six finalists, including special projects by each artist. The catalogue includes essays by Francesco Bonami, Jörg Heiser, Nico Israel, James Rondeau, and Maria-Christina Villaseñor, with an introduction by Susan Cross. The catalogue is available for $ 20.00.

The jurors of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE: 2002 were: Sandra Antelo-Suarez, independent curator and founder and Editorial Director, TRANS>area and Trans>; Lisa Dennison, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, and Curator of the 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001); Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Suzanne Pagé, Director, ARC - Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

This year marks the fourth presentation of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE at the Guggenheim Museum. Since its inception in 1996, the prize has been awarded to American artist Matthew Barney (1996); Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (1998); and Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrc (2000). The list of finalists in previous years includes: Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Stan Douglas, Cai Guo Qiang, and Yasumasa Morimura in 1996; Huang Yong Ping, William Kentridge, Lee Bul, Pipilotti Rist, and Lorna Simpson in 1998; Vito Acconci, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Tom Friedman, Barry Le Va, and Tunga in 2000. HUGO BOSS AG has provided critical support for many of the Guggenheim Museum's programs since 1995. The company is a sponsor of the upcoming Matthew Barney: The Cremaster Cycle, and was a sponsor of the exhibition Frank Gehry, Architect, the highest attended exhibition in the museum's history. In addition, HUGO BOSS has helped to make possible retrospectives of the work of Georg Baselitz, Ross Bleckner, Francesco Clemente, Ellsworth Kelly, and Robert Rauschenberg, and special projects with Jeff Koons and James Rosenquist.

October 16, 2002

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