June 2010

The Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2010 will be awarded to the Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig by Claudia Schmied, Federal Minister for Education, Art and Culture, in the audience hall of the Federal Ministry in Vienna on 18 October 2010, at 5 p.m.

The international jury - Tony Fretton, Francesca von Habsburg, Moritz Küng, Frédéric Migayrou and Nasrine Seraji - acknowledges "the artist's unparalleled oeuvre and development [and] above all Heimo Zobernig's artistic agility in subtly undermining established ways of seeing things and uncovering unexpected aspects." (From: jury statement 2010).

The award, with high prize money of 55,000 euros, is presented "for outstanding achievements in the field of architecture and the arts that conform to Frederick Kiesler's experimental, innovative conceptions and his theory of 'correlated arts'".

Exhibition: The Drama of Display

The prize-winner's works on show at the Kiesler Foundation Vienna to mark this occasion focus on the history and development of the environment and of the exhibition display. Heimo Zobernig's model space interventions are both critical examinations and impressive proof of the interplay of different fields of art. In this sense, his work also represents an exciting, contemporary analogue to the all-embracing interventions of the architect-artist Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965).