Artes Mundi 1

The first Artes Mundi prize took place in 2004 and was created to celebrate artists who are working with ideas of the human form or presence, producing art that adds to our understanding of the humanity. It attracted nominations from more than 60 countries worldwide. Two international curators then spent a year looking at the nominations and visiting exhibitions and studios around the world to make their selection. Ten artists were shortlisted for the first Artes Mundi Prize.

Artes Mundi 1 Winner

Xu Bing

Xu Bing has created a series of works in recent years that encourage us to reconsider our assumptions concerning the reliability and value of language, and how we communicate across cultures.

Selectors & Judges

The shortlist and prize for each edition are decided by an independent panel made up of international curators, directors, critics and artists

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Artes Mundi 1 Selectors

Declan McGonagle, Director of the City Arts Centre, Dublin
Fumio Nanjo, Deputy Director at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Artes Mundi 1 Judges

Lisa Corrin, Deputy Director of Art, Seattle Art Museum, USA
Marlene Dumas, artist based in the Netherlands
Okwui Enwezor, publisher and editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art
Issey Miyake, artist and designer, based in Japan
Michael Tooby, Director of the National Museum & Gallery, Cardiff, Wales


Artes Mundi works in partnership with many organisations and would like to acknowledge and thank

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