Date posted: October 20, 2020

Prize Announcement: 11th February 2021
Exhibition Dates: 13th February 2021 - 6th June 2021




Artes Mundi is pleased to announce new dates for the ninth edition of the biennial exhibition and prize. Originally scheduled for October 2020, it will now take place in Spring 2021. 

Artes Mundi 9 will take place from 13th February 2021 to 6th June 2021 in Cardiff, across three venues, National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and g39. For this edition the winner of the Artes Mundi 9 Prize will be announced ahead of the exhibition opening on 11th February, instead of toward the end of the exhibition as in previous years. 

Artes Mundi presents the UKs leading international contemporary art prize and is an important arbiter of cultural exchange between the UK and the international visual arts community. Bringing together a major biennial exhibition of some of the worlds most celebrated contemporary artists, Artes Mundi 9 promises to be the foremost opportunity to see international contemporary art in the UK which engages with ideas and issues ever more significant within our current circumstances. The shortlist of six artists has been selected from over 700 nominations submitted from 90 countries. It remains the UKs largest contemporary art prize with £40,000 prize money and has previously been awarded to Theaster Gates (2015), John Akomfrah (2017), and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2019).  

Nigel Prince, Director of Artes Mundi said: We are delighted to announce the revised dates for Artes Mundi 9 and are committed to delivering a programme that is safe for all artists, audiences, partners and supporters. As we live through and engage with global changes of significant impact, more than ever the work of all six artists speaks to and resonates with, the ideas and issues we need to address individually and collectively within our societies, concerning equity, representation, trauma and privilege. 

The Artes Mundi 9 Shortlist includes: Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic), Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), Meiro Koizumi (Japan), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (Puerto Rico), Prabhakar Pachpute (India) and Carrie Mae Weems (USA).  The shortlist was selected by a jury made up ofCosminCostinas, Executive Director and Curator of Para Site, Hong Kong and Artistic Director of Kathmandu Triennale 2020; Elvira Dyangani-Ose, Director of The Showroom gallery in London; and Rachel Kent, Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia.

Theycommented:Encompassing painting and drawing, object making, film and video, the artists practices sit within the museum context and beyond; some transform public space and others exist as ephemeral iterations. Working against the notion of a centre, they reflect diverse global narratives in both exciting and thoughtful ways. These artists’ works reflect powerfully on the changing forces that shape our world – encompassing themes of identity and narration, social structures and collective memory, and industry and ecological crisis. 





Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic; lives and works in New York) has had solo exhibitions in 2019 at the Mennello Museum of Art, Orlando, FL; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and the Modern Window at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her major 2015 solo exhibition Bloodlines was organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL and travelled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2017 she was shortlisted for Pinchuk Art Foundations Future Generation Art Prize, exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale and in 2019 she was awarded the Soros Arts Fellowship. 

Dineo Seshee Bopape (SOUTH AFRICA) 

Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. 1981, lives and works in Johannesburg) has had recent solo exhibitions at Hayward Gallery Project Space, London; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany. Her work has been shown internationally at some of the most prestigious biennales, including the Venice Biennale this year, the 10th Berlin Biennale in 2018 and 12th Biennale de Lyon in 2013. She was the winner of 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award and more recently she won both Sharjah Biennial Prize and Future Generation Art Prize 2017. 

Meiro Koizumi (JAPAN)  

Meiro Koizumi (born 1976, lives and works in Yokohama, Japan) has exhibited in major institutions such as MoMA, New York; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Tate Modern, London as well as major group exhibitions at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Liverpool BiennialShanghai MOCA and the Sharjah Biennale amongst many others. More recently he was included in the prestigious Mercedes Benz Art Scope residency program in 2018. 

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (PUERTO RICO) 

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (born 1972; lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico). In 2017 she participated in the Whitney Biennial and her work has been presented at Tate Modern, London; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Pérez Art Museum Miami; and El Museo Barrio, New York. She was awarded the Herb Alpert in the Arts (2019), the Creative Capital Visual Art Award (2015) and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2017). 

Prabhakar Pachpute (INDIA)  

Prabhakar Pachpute (born 1986, lives and works in Pune, India) has exhibited extensively with recent solo shows at Clark House Initiative, Mumbai (2012); Experimenter, Kolkata (2013&2017); National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai (2016); AsiloVia Porpora, Milan (2018); and Glasgow School of Art (2019). He has also participated in group exhibitions at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2013); MACBA, Barcelona (2015) and was part of the 31st São Paulo Biennial (2014); 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial (2014); 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015); 8th Asia Pacific Triennial, Brisbane (2015); and Dhaka Art Summit (2018); 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (2018) and the 4th Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2018). 

Carrie Mae Weems (USA) 

Carrie Mae Weems (born 1953, lives and works in Syracuse, New York) is formerly a dance student of Anna Halprin with artists John Cage and Robert Morris and a union organiser in the working-class movement in 1970s California. Awarded a MacArthur Genius’ grant in 2013, Weems has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions at major national and international museums including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frist Center for Visual Art. More recently in a New York Times review of her retrospective which travelled across the US before its final iteration at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York, Holland Cotter wrote, Ms. Weems is what she has always been, a superb image maker and a moral force, focused and irrepressible. 



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Key Information 

Exhibition Runs: 13th February 2021 to 6th June 2021  

Prize Announcement: 11th February  2021 

Exhibition Venues:  

National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP  

Chapter, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE 

g39, Oxford St, Cardiff CF24 3DT 

Admission: Free | +44 (0) 300 777 7300 | @artesmundi 


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About Artes Mundi  

Artes Mundi is an international arts organization based in Cardiff, UK. Established in 2002, Artes Mundi is committed to supporting international contemporary visual artists whose work engages with social reality and lived experience. The Artes Mundi exhibition and prize takes place biennially, running a sustained programme of outreach and learning projects alongside the public exhibition and prize giving. Previous winners are; Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2019) John Akomfrah (2017), Theaster Gates (2015), Teresa Margolles (2013), Yael Bartana (2010), N S Harsha (2008), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (2006), and Xu Bing (2004).

Artes Mundi is publicly funded by the Arts Council of Wales, Welsh Government and Cardiff Council. Other supporters include British Council Wales, The Colwinston Charitable Trust, The Foyle Foundation, The Myristica Trust, The Gwendoline and Margaret Davies Charity, Contemporary Art Society of Wales and Eversheds Sutherland. 


About Artes Mundi director Nigel Prince  

Nigel Prince has been working internationally as a curator and academic for over 25 years. Before joining Artes Mundi, Nigel served as the Executive Director of Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) in Vancouver from 2011 – 2019. Nigel has worked in a number of highly acclaimed international art institutions such as Tate Liverpool and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (2004 – 2010) and during his career has curated several distinguished exhibitions with leading international contemporary artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Carmen Herrera, Ryan Gander, Andrea Zittel and Donald Judd. In the UK he was arts advisor to Arts Council England (1993-98) and was Chair for the conference New Thinking in Public Art: Habitat, Community, Environment at Tate Britain in 2004. 


About National Museum Cardiff  

Wales National Museum of Art launched in 2011, extending over the whole first floor of National Museum Cardiff, to house Waless national art collections, which include the world-renowned Impressionist collection with works by Monet, Cézanne, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh and Rodin.  The creation of the National Museum of Art involved five years of development, as the existing galleries were completely refurbished; other galleries were transformed into stunning new spaces, offering over 40% more space to display modern and contemporary art.


About Chapter 

Established in 1971, Chapter is a multi-artform centre for contemporary arts and culture that welcomes more than 800,000 visitors through its doors each year. It is a place that stimulates and supports creative artistic practice to inspire everyone to engage deeply with the arts. Chapter commissions, produces and tours exhibitions of the very best in contemporary art; its theatre spaces provide a platform for experimental live works; two cinemas offer independent films alongside a range of unique festivals and events, and Film Hub Wales brings more films, to more people, in more places across Wales. Through its studio provision, Chapter is also home to more than 38 artists, makers, associate companies and creative organisations. 


About g39 

g39 is an artist-run organisation and creative community space in Cardiff, who organise and present a wide-ranging public programme of activities, from major exhibitions, talks and formal symposia to experimental projects and social events. g39 also runs an informal membership scheme for emerging and mid-career artists who live and work in Wales. Through Warp (Wales Artist Resource Programme) they offer artists support and advice, training and information and facilitate networking between individual artists and groups. 

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