Emmanuelle Quertain wins top Young Belgian Art Prize

Summary

The international jury of the Young Belgian Art Prize biennial has chosen the Brussels-based artist’s intimate paintings on aluminium for the €25,000 grand prize

“A counterbalance”

Brussels-based artist Emmanuelle Quertain won the grand prize in the Young Belgian Art Prize competition at a ceremony in Bozar last week. Known as the Crowet Prize, it is worth €25,000. All entries nominated for the prize have been on show in Bozar since late June.

Quertain won for her intimate oil paintings on aluminium (pictured), which, the jury said, “form a counterbalance to the overwhelming stream of images delivered by contemporary mass media”.

The competition’s Bozar Prize, worth €12,500, went to Brussels artist Hana Miletić, who read work from her poetry collection every day of the exhibition and also recorded a live album with Brussels rap collective La Frénétick.

The Langui Prize, also worth €12,500 was won by Brussels-born Emmanuel Van der Auwera for his video installation of young people watching snuff movies. “The questions he poses regarding our contemporary image culture, internet ideology and the power of images are extremely relevant,” said the jury.

Finally, the ING Public Prize, worth €6,250, was awarded to Flemish artist Floris Vanhoof, whose multimedia installations blur the borders between projected images and light. The Young Belgian Art Prize exhibition at Bozar ended on Sunday.

Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar)

The cultural house Bozar is one of the foremost arts centres in the country. Its multidiscliplinary approach to the arts makes this federal cultural institution unique. It organises both large exhibitions and plays host to everything from classic orchestra concerts to Balkan music festivals.
Building - With eight levels, the Bozar building was designed in the 1920s by famed Art Deco architect Victor Horta, who envisioned it as a bridge between the lower and higher parts of the city. It has been listed as a partially protected monument since 1977.
Director - Director-general Paul Dujardin is credited with breathing new life into the centre from the early 2000s onward. Under his leadership, the building was intensively renovated while the previously fragmented offer of cultural activities was streamlined and expanded.
Money - The centre derives more than half of its revenue from its box office. Its budget is additionally supplemented by structural subsidies from the federal government and project-based subsidies from the Flemish and French Communities.
250

orchestra concerts per year

20

exhibitions per year

240 000

visitors to spring exhibitions in 2013