Paul Chan Wins Hugo Boss Prize 2014

HUGO BOSS Prize 2014 Finalist

Camille Henrot
Grosse Fatigue, 2013
Video installation, color, with sound, 13 min
Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

(NEW YORK, NY—November 20, 2014)—Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon
R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, and Claus-Dietrich Lahrs, Chairman
and CEO, HUGO BOSS AG, announced tonight that artist Paul Chan has been
awarded the Hugo Boss Prize 2014. Chan is the tenth artist to receive
the biennial honor, which was established in 1996 to recognize
significant achievement in contemporary art. The prize carries an award
of $100,000 and is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Chan’s work will be presented in an exhibition at the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York, in spring 2015.

A jury selected Paul Chan as the winner of the 2014 Prize from a
short list of five finalists, which included Sheela Gowda, Camille
Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. The international jury,
chaired by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David
Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was comprised
of eminent curators and museum directors, including Katherine Brinson,
Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Doryun Chong,
Chief Curator, M+, Hong Kong; Tim Griffin, Executive Director and Chief
Curator, The Kitchen, New York; Polly Staple, Director, Chisenhale
Gallery, London; and Ari Wiseman, Deputy Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim

The jury statement describes their decision: “With the selection of
Paul Chan as the recipient of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014, the jury
recognizes his singular artistic voice, which manifests itself in myriad
forms, including sculpture, animated video, and light projection, as
well as community-based performance and, most recently, an electronic
and print publishing venture called Badlands Unlimited. Regardless of
platform, each of Chan’s indelible and at-times provocative projects
deftly excavates our cultural landscape. We applaud his unfettered
commitment to experimentation and look forward to the continued
evolution of his practice. All of the Hugo Boss Prize 2014 finalist
artists are creating groundbreaking and influential work, and we
celebrate each artist’s rich contribution to the field of contemporary

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and
Foundation, stated, “We are pleased to be celebrating the tenth
iteration of the Hugo Boss Prize this year and are proud of its long
history of honoring artists at the vanguard of contemporary art
practice. We applaud this year’s winner, Paul Chan, as well as the full
list of nominees for their compelling and innovative work.”

“The long and successful story of the Hugo Boss Prize bears testimony
to the continuity of our arts sponsorship program,” noted Dr. Hjoerdis
Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs at HUGO BOSS. “We would like to
extend our congratulations to the winner and express our gratitude to
the jury and the Guggenheim Museum for their dedication and cooperation.
We are already looking forward to Paul Chan’s solo exhibition this
coming spring.”

“I am continually impressed by the urgency and agility of Chan’s
multidisciplinary practice. He is making work of great impact that will
resonate with generations to come,” added Nancy Spector, Deputy Director
and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim

Paul Chan (b. 1973, Hong Kong) lives and works in New York. Chan’s
work was recently featured in a solo presentation at the Schaulager,
Basel (2014). Other solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have been
presented at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (2009); New
Museum, New York (2008); Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); Stedelijk
Museum, Amsterdam (2007); Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall (2006);
Portikus, Frankfurt (2006); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
(2006); Blanton Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Texas, Austin
(2006); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005); and Institute of Contemporary
Art, Boston (2005). Chan also worked as creative director for Waiting for Godot in New Orleans: A Play in Two Acts, a Project in Three Parts,
produced with the Classical Theatre of Harlem, presented by Creative
Time, Ninth Ward, New Orleans (2008). His work has been included in
numerous group exhibitions including Documenta 13, Kassel (2012); Seeing Is Believing, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011); I Am Still Alive: Politics and Everyday Life in Contemporary Drawing, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011); Found in Translation, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011); Haunted, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010); HEAVEN, 2nd Athens Biennial (2009); Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); The Quick and the Dead,
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009); Yokohama Triennial (2008); 16th
Sydney Biennial (2008); 10th International Istanbul Biennial (2007); 2nd
International Biennial of Seville (2006); Whitney Biennial, New York
(2006); Greater New York, MoMA P.S.1 (2005); 8th Lyon
Contemporary Art Biennial (2005); Guangzhou Triennial (2005); and
Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2004).

The Hugo Boss Prize 2014 is made possible by HUGO BOSS.

Hugo Boss Prize History
2014 marks the tenth
presentation of the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Since its inception in 1996, the Prize has been awarded to American
artist Matthew Barney (1996), Scottish artist Douglas Gordon (1998),
Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrč (2000), French artist Pierre Huyghe
(2002), Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), British artist Tacita
Dean (2006), Palestinian artist Emily Jacir (2008), German artist
Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010), and Danish artist Danh Vo (2012). Previous
finalists have included Laurie Anderson, Janine Antoni, Cai Guo-Qiang,
Stan Douglas, and Yasumasa Morimura in 1996; Huang Yong Ping, William
Kentridge, Lee Bul, Pipilotti Rist, and Lorna Simpson in 1998; Vito
Acconci, Maurizio Cattelan, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Tom
Friedman, Barry Le Va, and Tunga in 2000; Francis Alÿs, Olafur Eliasson,
Hachiya Kazuhiko, Koo Jeong-a, and Anri Sala in 2002; Franz Ackermann,
Rivane Neuenschwander, Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij, Simon
Starling, and Yang Fudong in 2004; Allora & Calzadilla, John Bock,
Damián Ortega, Aïda Ruilova, and Tino Sehgal in 2006; Christoph Büchel,
Patty Chang, Sam Durant, Joachim Koester, and Roman Signer in 2008; Cao
Fei, Roman Ondák, Walid Raad, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, and Apichatpong
Weerasethakul in 2010; and Trisha Donnelly, Rashid Johnson, Qiu Zhijie,
Monika Sosnowska, and Tris Vonna-Michell in 2012.

In conjunction with the Hugo Boss
Prize 2014, the Guggenheim has published a catalogue featuring artist
projects by each of the finalists and newly commissioned critical essays
offering insight into each of their practices. The catalogue includes
texts by Petra Cortright, Jeramy DeCristo, Suzanne Hudson, Fionn Meade,
and Grant Watson, along with an introduction by Katherine Brinson,
Curator, Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Designed by
Gilles Gavillet of the Geneva-based design firm Gavillet & Rust, the
catalogue is available for $19.95 at the Guggenheim Store or online at

Since 1995, HUGO BOSS has
provided critical support to many Guggenheim programs. In addition to
the Hugo Boss Prize, the company has helped make possible retrospectives
of the work of Matthew Barney (2003), Georg Baselitz (1995), Ross
Bleckner (1995), Francesco Clemente (1999–2000), Ellsworth Kelly
(1996–97), Robert Rauschenberg (1997–98), and James Rosenquist
(2003–04); the presentation Art in America: Now (2007) in
Shanghai; the Felix Gonzalez-Torres (2007) and Ed Ruscha (2005)
exhibitions in the U.S. Pavilion of the Venice Biennale; and the
exhibition theanyspacewhatever (2008–09) at the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum. At the 54th Biennale di Venezia in 2011, the fashion
and lifestyle group HUGO BOSS was the lead sponsor of the Allora &
Calzadilla exhibition in the U.S. Pavilion. For more information about
the prize, visit

HUGO BOSS Global Arts Program
Contemporary art
is an integral part of the HUGO BOSS corporate culture. In conjunction
with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum the Group established the Hugo
Boss Prize in 1996, which has evolved into an internationally renowned
art award. The prize was complemented by the HUGO BOSS Asia Art Award
initiated in 2013 with the Rockbund Art Museum, focusing on upcoming
Asian artists.

HUGO BOSS has also been supporting numerous international exhibitions
of contemporary art. To date, these have presented works by Ross
Bleckner (1995), Georg Baselitz (1995 and 1996), Dennis Hopper (2001),
James Rosenquist (2003), Olafur Eliasson (2005) and Josephine Meckseper
(2007). In 2012 HUGO BOSS sponsored the very first solo exhibition of
Jeff Koons at a Swiss museum.

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to
promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the
modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education
programs, research initiatives, and publications. The global network
that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has expanded to
include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997), the Deutsche
Guggenheim in Berlin (1997–2013), and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
(currently under development). The Guggenheim Foundation continues to
forge international collaborations that celebrate contemporary art,
architecture, and design within and beyond the walls of the museum,
including the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative and The Robert H.
N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative. More information about
the Foundation can be found at

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