Vivian Suter Wins 2021 Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Vivian Suter Wins 2021 Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim

Swiss-Argentine artist Vivian Suter is one of three recipients of this year’s Swiss Grand Award for Art/Prix Meret Oppenheim. Also honoured are architect Georges Descombes and the curator Esther Eppstein.

The Swiss Federal Office of Culture has announced the recipients of this year’s Swiss Grand Award, and Vivian Suter is one of the three recipients. The other recipients are architect Georges Descombes and the curator Esther Eppstein. The prize honors the achievements in the fields of art, architecture and curation in Switzerland and beyond. Each award carries a cash prize of CHF 40,000 ($43,300).

Suter, a Swiss-Argentinian painter, is known for her “intuitive and emotional painting” which invites the public to “dive into the faraway rainforests,” the culture office said in a statement. Suter, who was born in Buenos Aires and came to Switzerland aged 13, studied at art school in Basel. She left Switzerland for a remote part of Guatemala in 1983, where she now works.

Her work will be the focus of two solo exhibitions this year: in June at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and in November at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland, where she will have a retrospective. Fellow recipients are George Descombes for architecture and artist and curator Esther Eppstein for critique and exhibition.

The award winners will receive their prize on September 20, 2021 in Basel.

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