Ars Viva 2018
7 October – 19 November 2017
From 7 October to 19 November 2017, Kunstverein München proudly presents an exhibition featuring new and recent works by the winners of the ARS VIVA 2018 prize: Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, and Zac Langdon-Pole.
Since 1953 the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. (the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) has been awarding the annual ARS VIVA prize to young artists living in Germany whose works are distinguished by their pioneering potential. This year’s jury was chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein and consisted of members of the Kulturkreis Fine Arts Committee, and directors and curators Chris Fitzpatrick (Kunstverein München), Martin Germann (S.M.A.K., Ghent), Zita Cobb (Foto Island Arts / Shorefast Foundation), Nicolaus Schafhausen (Kunsthalle Wien / Shorefast Foundation), and Krist Gruijthuijsen (KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin) as expert advisors. In 2018, the exhibition will tour to S.M.A.K. in Ghent, Belgium, where it will be attenuated appropriately. The artists are additionally awarded individual prize money, a residency at Fogo Island Arts (Canada), and a bilingual catalogue centered on their work, with essays by Simon Baier, Gürsoy Doğtaş, Gregory Kan, Laura McLean Ferris, and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
While the artistic strategies and areas of investigation of Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, and Zac Langdon-Pole are very distinct, all of them develop their projects through in-depth research into the social, historical, and economic dimensions of objects and environments. Each artist makes visible and combines differing modes of production, distribution, and value-attribution. In the ARS VIVA 2018 exhibition, logics of displacement, hybridization, and semantic ambiguity are featured front and center.