Prof Philip Ursprung awarded Swiss Grand Award for Art


Prof Philip Usprung is awarded the prestigious 17th Swiss Grand Award for Art for finding, exploring and crossing boundaries and opening up new intellectual and creative freedoms through his work.

17 Volcanoes exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture presented by Prof Philip Ursprung and his Tourism and Cultural Heritage research group. Photo: CCA

Prof Philip Ursprung FCL Principal Investigator of the Tourism and Cultural Heritage research project, will be awarded the prestigious 17th Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim. On 12 June, he will be presented the prize at the award ceremony alongside outstanding Swiss culture practitioners: artist Daniela Keiser and architect Peter Märkli. Since 2001, the award has been presented on the recommendation of the Federal Art Commission to figures from the worlds of art, critique/edition/exhibition and architecture whose work is of particular relevance and importance to contemporary art and architecture. 

Film portraits of the Prix Meret Oppenheim winners will be on show in the exhibition SWISS ART AWARDS 2017, running in parallel to Art Basel  during June 13–18. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the publication Prix Meret Oppenheim 2017 featuring portraits and interviews of the winners will also be launched.


Finding, exploring and crossing boundaries: Philip Ursprung researches both within his own discipline and beyond. With the transfer of terms and concepts and experimental methods of investigation, he extends the theoretical discourse within research. In his multifarious functions and with different formats he conveys a sensitivity to those fuzzy boundary zones, in which rigid definitions fail, vital forces are in motion, and unexpected connections arise, opening up new intellectual and creative freedoms.

Conceptual artist Daniela Keiser works with the means of photography and language, which she translates into different exhibition and presentation formats. The Zurich-based artist has just initiated a meeting of translators who discussed her various texts from the past years. Entitled In and Out of Translation, the texts are summarized in a publication. In addition to the word, the photographic image occupies a decisive place in her artistic work. In mostly extensive installations and series, Daniela Keiser appeals to the perceptions of viewers.

Peter Märkli is one of the most important architects of our time. His architecture, his drawings as well as his teaching have received a high degree of recognition, especially in the younger generation, and internationally, a special appreciation. Märkli's understanding of the architectural profession follows a building that is always historically and socially integrated, but at the same time has to be independent and present in parts.


The jury for the Prix Meret Oppenheim 2017 is chaired by Nadia Schneider Willen (collection curator, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich). Its members are Giovanni Carmine (Director Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen), Julie Enckell Julliard (Director Musée Jenisch, Vevey), Gabriela Mazza (mazzapokora, Zurich), Aldo Nolli (Durisch+ Nolli, Massagno), Andreas Reuter (sabarchitekten, Basel), Anne-Julie Raccoursier (artist, Lausanne), Anselm Stalder (artist, Basel) and Noah Stolz (curator, Geneva).

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