ESSL Art Award in Istanbul

on Thursday, 30 May 2013.

Turkey at Basel Art Week


On 29 May, the Essl Art Award CEE was awarded to Turkish artists Volkan Kızıltunç and Irem Tok in a ceremony at Tophane-i Amire in Istanbul. It was the first participation of Turkey in this competition organized by Essl Museum in Vienna, Austria.

Other nominated artists were Sabahattin Ömer Akdağ, Emre Anılmış, Ragıp Basmazölmez, Bashir Borlakov, Seçil Büyükkan Atmaca, Hakan Dağdelen Burak Delier and Nezihe Karakaya.

Established in 2005 the award is dedicated to the discovery and support of art students at art academies in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and 2013 for the first time also in Turkey.

“It was our desire to promote young artists from Central and Southeast Europe and give them the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in an international museum context that inspired us to endow an art award in countries besides Austria where our family business bauMax is present. The ESSL ART AWARD is conferred every two years.”

Prof. Agnes and Karlheinz Essl, Essl Museum

The jury consists of experts from the participating countries and three members from the Essl Museum.
Head of the jury: Prof. René Block

The winning positions will be presented in a final exhibition at the Essl Museum titled "Transcending Cultures" from 6 December 2013 until 2 March 2014.

ESSL ART AWARD Istanbul Ceremony
Essl Art Award Ceremony. Left: Volkan Kızıltunç with Eva Wirlitsch-Essl.
Right: Irem Tok. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

ESSL ART AWARD Istanbul Ceremony
Essl Art Award Ceremony. Nominees and the Committee. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

ESSL ART AWARD Istanbul Ceremony
Essl Art Award Ceremony. Winning Work by Volkan Kızıltunç: The Unspectacular, three channel video installation, 9’20’’, without sound, 2012. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

ESSL ART AWARD Istanbul Ceremony
Essl Art Award Ceremony. Winning Work by Irem Tok: Untitled (Munich), 2011 Real size books, models, balsa, sponge, mirror, 40 x 15 x 21,5 cm. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

ESSL ART AWARD Istanbul Ceremony
Essl Art Award Ceremony at Tophane-i Amire in Istanbul, Turkey. Exhibition View. Photo: Anna Zizlsperger

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