Works by young, up-and-coming artists will be on display this week at the LISTE – Art Fair Basel. One of them is Gina Proenza (born in 1994) who won the Helvetia Art Prize in January 2018. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in visual arts at the Haute Ecole d’Art de Lausanne. Gina Proenza is now presenting her latest works in a solo exhibition in Basel. It was prepared with the curatorial support of Olivier Kaeser, Co-Director of the Centre culturel Suisse in Paris.
In the exhibition designed for LISTE and entitled "a a e o", Gina Proenza shows a new ensemble of minimalist sculptures with moving tongues in stylized mouths. Here, the tongues symbolize language. The artist raises the question of linguistic ambivalence of handed-down tales.
Solo exhibition as part of the Art Prize
The solo exhibition by Gina Proenza at the LISTE art fair is part of the Helvetia Art Prize. The award and the prize money of 15,000 francs are intended to help the artist embark on a professional career. The exhibition at LISTE offers young artists the opportunity to present their work to a broad specialized audience and to build up a network. The winner of the art prize is chosen by a jury of specialists from well-known art institutions. This year’s jury comprises Peter Bläuer (Director, LISTE – Art Fair Basel), Raffael Dörig (Director, Kunsthaus Langenthal), Ines Goldbach (Director, Kunsthaus Baselland), Olivier Kaeser (Co-Director, Centre culturel Suisse, Paris), Andreas Karcher (Head of the Helvetia Specialist Art Unit), Nathalie Loch (Curator of the Helvetia Art Collection) and Peter Stohler (Director, Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil).
Helvetia’s commitment to art
The Helvetia Art Prize is an important part of the internationally active insurance group's commitment to art. Since 2004, it has been awarded each year to an up-and-coming artist. Helvetia, which also insures art, has one of the most important collections of contemporary Swiss art dating back over 70 years. The collection focuses mainly on paintings, drawings and photography. The Helvetia Art Foyer in Basel – the company's own exhibition space, which is open to the public – holds up to four exhibitions each year with works from its own collection as well as solo exhibitions by artists whose works are represented in the collection.
Information about the LISTE – Art Fair Basel
Gina Proenza, winner of the 2018 Helvetia Art Prize
Burgweg 15, Basel, Switzerland
Monday, 11 June 2018, 5-9 p.m., entry free
Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 16 June 2018, 1-9 p.m.
Sunday, 17 June 2018, 1-6 p.m.
Gina Proenza, Palabrero, 2018