Getting started internationally!
The competition was initiated by Galerie3 and has been supported financially by Bank Austria from the very start. This year it is celebrating a special birthday: It is 20 years old. Its objective is to offer long-term support to young artists who have Carinthian roots and are no older than 35. And, as impressively demonstrated by the careers of many winners, this prize for the next generation has undoubtedly achieved this goal.
The Bank Austria Kunstpreis Kärnten is a good launching pad: Nina Rike Springer, Stephanie Klaura and, for example, the artist duo Hanakam & Schuller have been able to start international careers. But the prize has also offered visibility, experience and an opportunity to share ideas to all others who have taken part.
This year’s second place went to Rosa Andraschek Lobnig. She convinced the jury with “memory”, a work that centres on the issue of not/remembering the National Socialist past. The prize is endowed with 2,000 euros and awarded by the City of Villach.
All six works on the shortlist can be seen in the exhibition in Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt until 19th June.
And all, incidentally, are available for purchase – which would certainly not be a bad investment in the future. And a good introduction to the fascinating world of collecting art.