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Media release

Helvetia Art Prize winner Andriu Deplazes shows his personal imagery at the LISTE – Art Fair Basel

This year's Helvetia Art Prize winner, Andriu Deplazes, is presenting his works at the LISTE – Art Fair Basel in a one-man exhibition. In it he shows his personal imagery and sensuous paintings with art historical references. Deplazes' works will be on display for the duration of the international young art fair from 13 to 18 June 2017.

Works by young, up-and-coming artists will be on display this week at the LISTE – Art Fair Basel. One of these artists is Andriu Deplazes (*1993). A graduate in fine art from Zurich University of the Arts and this year's winner of the Helvetia Art Prize, he will present his latest works in a one-man exhibition. It was prepared with the curatorial support of Olivier Kaeser, Co-Director of the Centre culturel suisse in Paris. Andriu Deplazes will display his latest works at the LISTE, which were created in his studio in Brussels, where he lives and works.

In his painting, Andriu Deplazes works skilfully with art historical references while creating his own, very personal imagery. His pictures exude an original sensuality, androgynous bodies with ambivalent facial expressions move in paradisiacal or apocalyptic landscapes. This human species, derived from painting, arouses empathy, curiosity and a sense of estrangement all at the same time.

One-man exhibition as part of the Art Prize
The solo exhibition by Andriu Deplazes at the LISTE is part of the Helvetia Art Prize. The award and the prize money of 15,000francs are intended to help the artist embark on a professional career. The one-man exhibition offers young artists the opportunity to present their work to a 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 members are Kathleen Bühler (Curator of the Contemporary Art Department, Kunstmuseum Bern), Olivier Kaeser (Co-Director of the Centre culturel suisse, Paris), Andreas Karcher (Head of the Helvetia Specialist Art Unit), Nathalie Loch (Curator of the Helvetia Art Collection), Peter Stohler (Director of Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil) and Judith Welter (Director of Kunsthaus Glarus).

Information about the LISTE – Art Fair Basel
Andriu Deplazes, winner of the 2017 Helvetia Art Prize
Stand 2/1/4
Burgweg 15, Basel, Switzerland

Monday, 12 June 2017, 5-9 p.m., entry free

Art fair
Tuesday to Saturday, 13 to 17 June 2017, 1-9 p.m.
Sunday, 18 June 2017, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This media release can also be found on the website www.helvetia.com/media.

Contact information
Helvetia Schweiz
Jonas Grossniklaus
Media Relations Manager
St. Alban-Anlage 26
CH-4002 Basel
Phone: +41 58 280 50 33