Adam Budak,Director of collections and exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art in Prague and Sabine Schaschl, Director and Curator of Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, reviewed the nominations from 70 countries before choosing the short list. They particularly looked for artists whose work explores and comments on the human condition and lived experience.
This year’s shortlist is a diverse selection of international artists spanning different generations and cultures and the opportunity to showcase their work in this major exhibition is a huge cultural coup for Wales.
Whilst there is no single overarching theme, at the heart of Artes Mundi is a desire to present art which directly engages with people’s lives and with what it means to be human, exploring social themes from across the globe but which also resonate locally and touch all our lives.
A panel of independent judges awarded artist Theaster Gates with the £40,000 prize on January 22nd 2015.
Artes Mundi is presenting a series of free events to complement the exhibition including a programme of activities and talks led by our Live Guide team, and a programme of Thursday lunch time events including performance poetry and music.