StartPoint Prize 2012 - Bucharest edition
The exhibition at Victoria Art Centre presents all the awarded artists of StartPoint 2012 with one local guest. During its ten years of existence, StartPoint has evolved from Czech national exhibition of graduation works, founded at Galerie Klatovy/Klenova, into an extensive European project that follows emerging artistic talents, which is since 2010 organized by Arbor vitae Foundation. This year, four curators with other cooperators explored 37 art schools from 18 European countries in order to select the most interesting graduation projects, which then pass through further rounds of selection until the final exhibition, which features over 20 of the most distinctive artists. All 37 artists can be seen on the project’s website.
However, StartPoint is also about encounters between artists and experts across countries, traditions and genres that can bring both them and the audience new opportunities for comparison. There is also a residential programme for the overall winner and other prizewinning finalists, which aims to continue this process.
This year, the exhibition of StartPoint finalists took place in Prague at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, and it is followed by two selective exhibition of the awarded artists at the Victoria Art Center in Bucharest and in the Open Gallery, Bratislava. All the prize holders are awarded a month-long residency in Prague together with an exhibition in the following year; the main winner can also have a solo exhibition in the Fine Art Gallery in Cheb and a sponsored catalogue. There is another suplementary prize - the Award of the Czech Centres for the selected participant from the Czech Republic consisting of a two-weeks stay at one of the Czech Centres.
Participating schools: GRA Amsterdam, KASK Antwerp, ASFA Athens, FVU AU Banská Bystrica, FHNW Basel, Weissensee KH Berlin, UdK Berlin, VŠVU Bratislava, FaVU VUT Brno, FAP UNArte Bucharest, MKE Budapest, UAD Cluj-Napoca, HfBK Dresden, KASK Gent, KABK The Hague, KUVA Helsinki, FAPDD UA Iasi, Kh Kassel, FU TU Košice, ALUOUL Ljubljana, ASP Lodz, Goldsmiths London, RCA London, NABA Milano, AdBK Munich, AdBK Nuremberg, Kunstakademiet Oslo, FU OU Ostrava, BBAA UV Pontevedra, AVU Prague, VŠUP Prague, KKH Stockholm, WSP UMK Toruń, HKU Utrecht, FBA UPV Valencia, AdBK Vienna, ZHdK Zurich
Curatorial team: Pavel Vančát, main curator of the project / Marcel Fišer, director of the Fine Art Gallery Cheb, project coordinator / Ondřej Chrobák, curator, The Moravian Gallery in Brno / Lucia Gavulová, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Bratislava // International jury: Adam Mazur, curator, CSW Zamek Ujazdowski,Warsaw / Hemma Schmutz, director of Salzburger Kunstverein / Chris Sharp, writer, independent curator, and editor at large of Kaleidoscope magazine. / Radek Váňa, curator, Amsterdam
STARTPOINT is organized by the Arbor vitae Foundation, Prague.
The project STARTPOINT was supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union and by the Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic.