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SOA's Tiravanija Awarded Hugo Boss Prize

Untitled, 2002
Credit: Courtesy of Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NY

Rirkrit Tiravanija, associate professor of professional practice in the School of the Arts' Visual Arts Division, has won the Guggenheim Foundation's 2004 Hugo Boss Prize.

The Guggenheim Foundation offers the award, one of the premier juried prizes of the contemporary art world, on a biennial basis. Tiravanija will receive a $50,000 grant, and the Guggenheim Museum will exhibit his work in early 2005.

"Rirkrit's innovative works -- which invite the public to eat, cook and sleep -- embrace interactivity and span a range of media," said Bruce Ferguson, dean of Columbia's School of the Arts. "He is the prime figure in a new movement of contemporary art philosophy known as "relational aesthetics." We are delighted that his contribution to the art world has received this important recognition."

Tiravanija was born in 1961 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and works from New York, Berlin and Bangkok. His installations explore the social role of the artist. His recent solo exhibitions include: The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1997); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2000); Portikus, Frankfurt (2001); Secession, Vienna (2002); Galerie für Zeitgenossiche Kunst, Leipzig (2003); and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2003-04).

His work also has been included in the Whitney Biennial (1995); Berlin Biennale (1998); Everyday, 11th Biennale of Sydney (1998); dAPERTutto, 48th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (1999); Egofrugal, 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001); Public Offerings, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001); YOKOHAMA 2001: International Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama (2001).

Tiravanija co-curated Utopia Station at the 50th International Venice Biennale (2003). Last year, he was awarded the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

This year marks the fifth presentation of the Hugo Boss Prize.

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Published: Nov 15, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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