The FEAGA EUROPEAN GALLERY AWARDS 2018
This year the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD was given to the Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna Gallery in Zürich, Switzerland.
The INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY AWARD was given to Gallery Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium.
For the 14th time the European Gallery Awards ceremony took place at the opening of Art Basel in the presence of Ernst Hilger, President of the FEAGA Award, Marc Spiegler, Global Director of Art Basel and the F.E.A.G.A. Board.
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. The symbolic prize is an object, created by Leo Zogmayer with the words VISIBLE – INVISIBLE.
- This year, in great respect for his being an exemplary gallery of high standing, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna Galerie. Christiane Meyer-Stoll, curator and board member of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz introduced Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna.
The Gallery was founded by Annemarie and Gianfranco Verna in 1969 in Zürich. The gallery presents and promotes the work of European and American avant-garde artists from the ’60s and ’70s, including artists as Alighiero Boetti, Antonio Calderara, Hanne Darboven, Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Griffa, Jannis Kounellis, Piero Manzoni, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Carl Andre, James Bishop, Joseph Egan, Dan Flavin, Richard Francisco, Dan Graham, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Rita McBride, Robert Mangold, Ree Morton, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, David Rabinowitch, Glen Rubsamen, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Tuttle, Robert Wilson, Jerry Zeniuk and the estate of Andreas Christen.
- This year, in great respect for her creativity, new inspiration and exemplary cooperation, the Innovation and Creativity Award went to Gallery Sofie Van de Velde. Joost Declercq, Director of Museum Dhont-Dhaenens in Sint-Martens-Latem introduced Sofie Van de Velde.
Sofie Van de Velde opened her gallery in 2013 in Antwerp.
She started her career at Gallery Ronny Van de Velde. During several years, before the opening of her own gallery, she has been coaching, teaching and doing research, following her studies Educational Sciences and Social Work. She believes in the importance of collaboration and networking.
The gallery shows exhibitions of Belgian and international artists, in collaboration with a network of 20 galleries all over the world.
She participates at Art Fairs in Brussels, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Rotterdam and Vienna.