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Anna Boghiguian Awarded 30th Wolfgang Hahn Prize

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Photography by Andrea Germani. Image courtesy of Castello di Rivoli © Anna Boghiguian

Anna Boghiguian has been announced as the winner of the 30th Wolfgang Hahn Prize of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at Museum Ludwig.

The Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian origin is known for her figurative murals, notebook works, drawings and large-scale installations that focus on the legacies of major historical events. She has participated in leading international art events including the Istanbul Biennial in 2009 and 2015, the Sharjah Biennial in 2011, dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012, the Venice Biennale in 2015 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 2014 and 2023. She has also presented solo exhibitions at the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen and SMAK in Ghent, among others.

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, guest juror, says: “Her [Anna Boghiguian’s] work’s poetry and uniqueness as well as her directness and expressivity fit ideally into the Museum Ludwig’s collection with its strong expressionist positions.”

Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig adds: “In her figurative installations, manifold relationships can be established with 20th century painting in the Museum Ludwig. If she were to make a new work for the museum, following her fundamental artistic practice, this would be extremely gratifying and exciting.”

Mayen Beckmann, chairwoman of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst, says: “Anna Boghiguian is an artist who, with great freshness and internationality, finds images that respond to our contemporary problems and events and reflect on the human condition based on precise historical knowledge.”

Awarded annually by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at Museum Ludwig, the Wolfgang Hahn Prize recognises contemporary artists who are already established in the international art world but not yet well known in Germany.

The winner receives a prize of a maximum of 100,000 euros, which is funded by the members’ contributions and goes towards the acquisition of a work or a group of work by the artist for the collection of the Museum Ludwig. An exhibition of the acquired works is organised by the museum, in addition to an accompanying publication.

The award ceremony will take place in November 2024 during Art Cologne 2024.