VISIBLE – INVISIBLE
This year the LIFETIME Award was given to Ursula Krinzinger and the INNOVATION and CREATIVITY Award was given to Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth.
For the 8th time the European Gallery Awards ceremony took place at the opening of Art Basel 2012.
The European Gallery Award, founded by F.E.A.G.A. (The Federation of European Art Gallery Association) was created to honour outstanding European galleries, make the work of galleries and their importance for art more visible and valued.
Former Award winners have been: Ernst Beyeler, Suisse (2005); Esther Schipper, Germany (2005); Denise René, France (2006); Ellen de Bruyne, The Netherlands (2006); Annely Juda, Great Britain (2007); Zeno X Gallery, Belgium (2007); Galerie Hans Mayer, Germany (2008), Layr Wustenhofen, Austria (2008); Soledad Lorenzo, Spain (2009), Galerie BQ, Germany (2009), Kaj Forsblom, Finland (2010), V1 Gallery, Denmark (2010), Studio La Città, Italy (2011).
This year, in great respect for her lifetime achievement and for her being an exemplary gallery of high standing, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria.
Max Hollein, Director of the Schirn Kunsthalle, the Städel Museum and the Liebieghaus Sculpture Collection in Frankfurt am Main, introduced Ursula Krinzinger at the Award ceremony at Art Basel: ’Ursula Krinzinger is a pioneer in many respects. For more than 40 years (1971 Galerie Krinzinger in Bregenz) she has been active as a groundbreaking gallerist, championing Austrian artists especially around the nucleus of Vienna Actionism, both within her home country and abroad and on the other hand fostering from the very first moment on an international perspective and a broadly based understanding of the art of today.’ He praised her relentless activities, her passion and her connoisseurship, her restless energy and devotion to establishing new contacts, being open for new influences, establishing new contacts and maintaining a lifelong curiosity in the uncharted ground.
Ursula Krinzinger is a role model for gallerists in regard to her deep passion, her curiosity, her endless support for new artists.
The Award for Innovation and Creativity as well for exemplary cooperation with the art community, goes to Freymond-Guth Fine Arts in Zürich, Switzerland.
Raphael Gygax, Curator of Migros Museum of Contemporary Art introduced Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth (1979). Freymond-Guth started making exhibitions in 2002 in the non-profit space Les Complices. In 2006 he was part of the cooperative ‘Perla Mode’ in a deserted building with exhibition rooms, bookshops, concert rooms. He started his own gallery in 2008. The gallery is characterized by experiment and improvisation. Jean-Claude Freymond-Guth has a broad interest and background, and likes to show connections with philosophy, literature, music, history, politics. He shows the work of mainly international, but also Swiss artists in his gallery in Zürich and on international Fairs.