Credit Suisse, one of the world's leading financial services providers, and Cosmoscow, the international contemporary art fair, announce the fourth annual Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artistsaimed to help emerging creative talent in Russia move forward with their careers. The winner will receive a financial grant of CHF 3,000, mentorship support and the opportunity to participate in an art residency at the PROGR Art Center in Bern, Switzerland. Thanks to the new partnership with Pro Helvetia Moscow, which supports Swiss arts in Russia and promotes cultural exchange, the winning artist’s stay in Switzerland will be extended from one to three months.
Launched in 2016, the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists complements the strategic partnership between the bank and the fair, which started in 2015, and takes place in partnership with Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art, established in 2017.
The artist selection is subject to a two-step judging process. First, the expert panel comprised of well-known art experts defines five nominees each, and then the international prize jury chooses the winner. Artists with Russian citizenship under the age of 35 working across both visual and multimedia art are eligible for the Prize.
At the press conference on September 5, Russian artist Igor Samolet was selected as the winner of the Credit Suisse Cosmoscow Prize for Young Artists, awarded for the fourth consecutive year. The Prize winner receives a financial grant, mentorship support from Credit Suisse and Cosmoscow experts, and an art trip to Switzerland. He also has an opportunity to participate in a Swiss art residency provided by PROGR, an artistic center and cultural hub in Bern. Thanks to the new partnership with Pro Helvetia Moscow, which supports Swiss arts in Russia and promotes cultural exchange, starting from 2020, the laureate’s stay in Switzerland will be extended from one to three months.
Members of the expert panel in 2019 include:
Anna Zhurba, Curator at MMOMA
Maria Kramar, Curator at V-A-C Foundation
Stanislav Shuripa, Professor at the Institute of Contemporary Art
Asya Philippova, Director of CCI Fabrika
Members of the Jury in 2019 include:
André Rogger, Head of the Credit Suisse Collection
Alina Saprykina, Art manager, until recently the general director of the Museum association “Museum of Moscow” (2013-2019)
Anna Arutyunova, Head of Pro Helvetia Moscow
Andrey Erofeev, Art historian and curator
Simon Rees, Curator and writer, Cosmoscow art director