HUGO BOSS PRIZE

20 years of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE

This year, we celebrate 20 years of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE, an award for outstanding contribution to contemporary art. The prize is granted by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York and is one of the most highly-coveted accolades in the art world. Since its inauguration, the prize has recognised 66 artist and artist duos, culminating in 10 exhibitions held at the Guggenheim Museum. Past winners include Matthew Barney, Tacita Dean and Hans-Peter Feldmann.

“It honors outstanding achievements and champions remarkable artists who have long been at the forefront of their profession,” says Dr. Hjördis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs at HUGO BOSS. “At times it also sheds light on those whose extraordinary contributions have not yet reaped the recognition they deserve – an aspect of the prize that makes us very proud." 

The winner, chosen by a panel of international critics and curators, can look forward to more than just $100,000 in prize money: his or her work will also be showcased in a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in the following year.

In 2016, Anicka Yian has been awarded the winner of the 20th anniversary edition of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE. Apart from Yian five additional artists had been nominated: Tania Bruguera, Mark Leckey, Ralph Lemon, Laura Owens and Wael Shawky. 

HUGO BOSS has been conferring the HUGO BOSS PRIZE in cooperation with the distinguished Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York since 1996. Every two years the prize singles out artists whose oeuvre constitutes an outstanding contribution to contemporary art. It honors both young, up-and-coming artists as well as their established contemporary counterparts.


For more information on the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2016 and this year's finalists click here.

An independent jury comprised of curators and art critics is appointed anew for each award, and makes its decision based on the nominated artists’ entire career. Carrying a stipend of USD 100,000, the prize is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The winner is also granted a solo exhibition of his or her work at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The HUGO BOSS PRIZE numbers among the most highly coveted awards for contemporary art worldwide. Past years have produced an impressive portfolio of exceptional work from a range of artistic practices.

Recipients to date:

2016: Anicka Yi

2014: Paul Chan

2012: Danh Vo

2010: Hans-Peter Feldmann

2008: Emily Jacir

2006: Tacita Dean

2004: Rirkit Tiravanija

2002: Pierre Huyghe

2000: Marjetica Potrč

1998: Douglas Gordon

1996: Matthew Barney

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