The Munch Museum announces the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award

Sunday, December 6, 2015
The Munch Museum announces the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award

The Munch Museum is pleased to announce that Camille Henrot has been named the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award. Henrot was revealed as the winner of the prize at a cocktail reception co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian General Consulate of New York and the Office of Contemporary Art Norway at The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. An award ceremony will be held in her honor on Munch’s birthday, December 12th, in Oslo, Norway.

The Munch Museum announces the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award

The Munch Museum is pleased to announce that Camille Henrot has been named the inaugural winner of The Edvard Munch Art Award. Henrot was revealed as the winner of the prize at a cocktail reception co-hosted by the Royal Norwegian General Consulate of New York and the Office of Contemporary Art Norway at The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach. An award ceremony will be held in her honor on Munch’s birthday, December 12th, in Oslo, Norway.

As the recipient of the award, Henrot will receive a monetary prize of NOK 500,000 (apx. USD 65,000) funded by the Norwegian oil company Statoil, an exhibition of her work at the Munch Museum , and a residency at Edvard Munch’s studio at Ekely in Oslo for up to 3 months.

"It is with great pleasure and honour that I receive the Edvard Munch Art Award. My art is created out of unresolved problems, I believe this was also true for Edvard Munch. Works of art are substitutes for changing what we cannot control. For me this recognition is important because it encourages me to take more risks. It is a great encouragement for me that I have been chosen by the very prestigious jury for an award that has been created to honour the memory of a great artist – someone whose work connected to the deepest and most essential aspect of human nature."- Camille Henrot, 2015 EMAA Recipient.

The jury deciding the inaugural Edvard Munch Art Award winner was comprised of jury chair Alfred Pacquement, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Robert Storr, Hou Hanru, and Solveig Øvstebø. All members of the jury were appointed by Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of The Munch Museum. 

“The Munch Museum is proud to present the jury’s decision to honor Camille Henrot as the first recipient of the Edvard Munch Art Award. Henrot is a great talent and an important voice who in the past few years has proven herself to be a name to follow on the international art scene. Like Edvard Munch, Henrot raises fundamental questions of how we perceive and understand the world. The new Munch Museum in Oslo, which opens in 2020, will have a strong focus on contemporary art as well as on the art of Edvard Munch. We look forward with great anticipation to presenting Henrot’s work in our new facilities. Camille Henrot is a worthy recipient of the Edvard Munch Art Award. By her high standard, we believe the award will establish itself as a highly renowned mark of recognition within the visual arts, which certainly is our ambition.”- Stein Olav Henrichsen, Director of The Munch Museum.

"Camille Henrot works have appeared in the last years among the most interesting and challenging proposals in her generation of artists. She has developed a very original, imaginative and culturally diverse work with a strong sense of plasticity. With a critical approach to anthropology she mixes scientific history and ethnological studies to modernist issues in her art works. Traveling through the world, from Africa to Polynesia, from Egypt to New Mexico, from the flea market to the world wide web, she performs, to take her words, 'an intuitive unfolding of knowledge’. After intense discussions, the Jury decided that Henrot was an artist which perfectly adhere to the objective of the award and decided to propose her as the recipient." - Alfred Pacquement, Jury Chair.

The Edvard Munch Art Award is an international biannual mark of recognition bestowed on a contemporary artist. As an acknowledgement of Edvard Munch’s historical significance and enduring relevance to contemporary culture, the award aims to promote the development of young and talented artists within the visual arts. The Award is owned, controlled and administered by the Munch Museum with funding from Statoil and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“It is with great honor to be part of the first Edvard Munch Art Award. Statoil has supported young talents for a decade, and the prize is a great recognition of young talents. Camille Henrot has proven herself to be a talented artist through the passion she puts into her work. We hope the recognition of being awarded will encourage her to continue on her path. We also hope that her achievements will encourage and inspire young talents in Norway as well as internationally”says Cathrine Instebø, Head of Experience Marketing at Statoil.

Camille Henrot © Kathy Lo

About Camille Henrot 

Born in 1978 in Paris, New York-based Camille Henrot is one of the most dynamic artists working today.  Her encyclopedic knowledge, limitless interests in various disciplines and diverse artistic practices have created some of the most talked about films, paintings, and sculptures of the last few years.  Drawing from her wide-ranging interests and research into subjects including literature, mythology, cinema, anthropology, evolutionary biology, religion and history, Henrot’s work acutely reconsiders the typologies of objects and established systems of knowledge.  A 2013 fellowship at the Smithsonian resulted in her film “Grosse Fatigue,” a benchmark work for which she was awarded the Silver Lion at the 55th Venice Biennale.  Developing on themes from the film, Henrot’s exhibition “The Pale Fox” was first shown at London’s Chisenhale Gallery in 2014 and travelled to Kunsthal Char­lottenburg, Copenhagen, Bétonsalon, Paris, and the Westfällischer Kunstverein, Munster. A catalogue for the exhibition entitled Elephant Child is scheduled for release in December 2015. Henrot has forthcoming exhibitions scheduled at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Fon­dazione Memmo, Rome. She has had one-person exhibitions at the New Museum, New York; Schinkel Pavilion, Berlin; New Orleans Museum of Art; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris; and Jeu de Paume, Paris. She has exhibited in group shows at Centre Pompidou, Paris; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands; and SculptureCenter, New York. Camille Henrot participated in Prospect 3, New Orleans and the 2014 Taipei and Gwangju Biennials. She is the recipient of the 2014 Nam Jun Paik Award.

About The Edvard Munch Art Award 

The Edvard Munch Art Award is a biennial prize awarded to a visual artist of any nationality who is at the start of his or her career, no more than 40 years old, and who has proven to be exceptionally talented during the preceding five years. The prize is being awarded for the first time in 2015 and will take place from there on out every other year on December 12th – Munch’s birthday. The prize consists of a monetary prize of NOK 500,000 (apx. USD 65,000), an exhibition of the recipient’s work at the Munch Museum, and a residency at Edvard Munch’s studio at Ekely in Oslo for up to 3 months providing the recipient of the award is interested. The deciding jury is appointed by the Director of The Munch Museum and is made up of five highly recognized international professionals in the field of contemporary art with at least one member of the jury having a specialised knowledge of contemporary Nordic art. The Award is owned, controlled and administered by the Munch Museum with partial funding from Statoil and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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