Zurich Art Prize 2018
Museum Haus Konstrucktiv, Zurich - former electricity substation (with Selnau Station in foreground).
Museum Haus Konstruktiv and Zurich Insurance Group Ltd have announced the eleventh winner of the Zurich Art Prize. The award has gone to Robin Rhode who was born in 1976 in Cape Town and now lives in Berlin.
Rhode's work is characterised by a combination of street art, painting, performance, film and photography. In his solo exhibition ' a plan of the soul', staged at the museum, car parts attached to a rope give way to drawings - the art prize jury being particularly impressed by his 'clever and playful handling of constructivist borrowings'.
The museum is housed in the ewz-Unterwerk Selnau building in Zurich, which served as a substation for around 100 years and provided the city with electricity until its was shut down in 1998. It is now the leading institution for constructivist, concrete and conceptual art in Switzerland and is highly regarded internationally.
It formally recognises the achievements of the Zurich Concretists, Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse, Camille Graeser and VerenaLoewensberg from the 1930's to the 1950's. It is part of the museum's mission to preserve this heritage and link it to the contemporary international art scene.
The museum foundation is financially supported by the city and canton of Zurich as well as private individuals.