In association with renowned exhibition venues, the Maria Lassnig Foundation shall be awarding the biennial Maria Lassnig Prize. The latter focuses on mid-career artists and combines the prize money with an exhibition held at a cooperating institution.
The Maria Lassnig Prize was originally envisioned by Maria Lassnig before her death in 2014 at the age of 94, at height of her artistic powers. Having achieved recognition only later in life, she hoped to encourage the efforts of fellow career artists not yet familiar to the public.
“Maria Lassnig is today viewed as a fiercely unique and significant figure in the history of modern art,” says Peter Pakesch. “But her risk-taking work did not receive international attention until quite late in her life and after decades of struggle. She was always engaged in the efforts of other artists as a teacher and peer, and in her last years spoke of hoping to find some way to acknowledge those at mid-career – longstanding artists whose work deserves broader attention and appreciation. With this in mind, the Maria Lassnig Foundation established the Maria Lassnig Prize in her spirit of encouragement. The unique structure of the prize is a key element in realizing Maria Lassnig’s wishes: by collaborating with a leading international institution, we are able to ensure the broadest possible platform for the prize winner.”
2021 Atta Kwami
2019 Sheela Gowda
2017 Cathy Wilkes
Solo exhibitions are called Maria Lassnig unless otherwise indicated. Subtitles of solo exhibitions are also provided. The group exhibitions as listed here are merely a selection.