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Artist of the Year

Koki Tanaka –
"Artist of the Year" 2015

July 4, 2014

Deutsche Bank honors the Japanese Koki Tanaka as "Artist of the Year" 2015. Tanaka follows Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Yto Barrada (France/Morocco), Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), and Victor Man (Romania) as the sixth international artist to be honored with this award.

Koki Tanaka represents a new generation of artists who connect their aesthetic concerns to social issues. Born 1975 in Tochigi, Japan, Tanaka lives and works in Los Angeles. He represented Japan at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Currently, works by Koki Tanaka can be seen in group exhibitions at the London ICA (through September 7, 2014) and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (through October 12, 2014).

Koki Tanaka will present his first major solo show in Europe at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in 2015. 

ArtMag: Deutsche Bank honors Koki Tanaka as its “Artist of the Year” 2015


Koki Tanaka – Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year" 2015

Koki Tanaka – Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year" 2015

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5 Years Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year"

After Wangechi Mutu (2010), Yto Barrada (2011), Roman Ondák (2012), and Imran Qureshi (2013), Victor Man is Deutsche Bank's fifth "Artist of the Year." The award is given on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, which consists of the renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn. The focus is on artists who have already amassed a substantial oeuvre and have blazed new trails both formally and in terms of content.



Victor Man – "Artist of the Year" 2014

With their choice of the Romanian artist, Deutsche Bank has selected one of the most interesting protagonists in the contemporary art scene. Victor Man exhibited his seemingly mysterious works in spring 2014 at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin.

ArtMag: Dark Metamorphoses – Victor Man Is Artist of the Year 2014


Imran Qureshi – "Artist of the Year" 2013

Deutsche Bank has selected Imran Qureshi, one of the most important figures on the contemporary Pakistani art scene, as its 2013 "Artist of the Year." Based on a recommendation from the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, which includes internationally renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn, the bank is proud to honour an auspicious artist who addresses social issues in an individual way.

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Roman Ondák – "Artist of the Year" 2012

Nomination of Roman Ondák to the Deutsche Bank "artist of the year 2012" during Frieze/London. From April to June 2012 the Deutsche Guggenheim was presenting a solo exhibition with his works.

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Yto Barrada – "Artist of the Year" 2011

Taking the situation in her home city of Tangier as a point of departure, the Moroccan artist reflects on constantly changing boundaries in culture, economics, and politics and on their repercussions. Following the premiere at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin, Barrada's solo show 'Riffs' will be on view at WIELS in Brussels from the end of September 2011.

ArtMag: Poetry and Politics: Yto Barrada at Fotomuseum Winterthur


Wangechi Mutu – "Artist of the Year" 2010

Mutu, who has been living in New York for a long time, counters the notion of an “African” artist drawing from her native culture with images from multiple perspectives. Like many “diaspora artists,” she combines elements of her native culture with those of the West.

ArtMag: This Undreamt Descent: Wangechi Mutu in the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden


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