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Winners of 2018 Swiss Art and Design Awards Announced

BERN, SWITZERLAND—The Swiss Federal Office of Culture announced today the eleven winners of this year’s Swiss Art Awards and the seventeen laureates of the Swiss Design Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the fields of contemporary art, architecture, mediation (critique, publishing, and exhibition), and design.

Established in 1899, the awards are part of Switzerland’s oldest art competition. Each recipient will receive $25,000 and will have their work featured in a show at Messe Basel, the Herzog & de Meuron–designed exhibition area that was built in 2013.

Chaired by Zurich-based Giovanni Carmine, the Swiss Art Awards jury comprised art historian Laura Arici, architect Victoria Easton, curator Julie Enckell Julliard, and artists Valentin Carron, Anne-Julie Raccoursier, and Anselm Stalder. Oliver Lütjens and Anne Marie Wagner served as the architecture advisers for the prize, and Yasmin Afschar, Marcel Bleuler, and Francis Baudevin served as the visual arts advisers.

The winners of the 2018 Swiss Grand Prix Art/Prix Meret Oppenheim Awards are artists Sylvie Fleury and artist Thomas Hirschhorn, and architect Luigi Snozzi. They will be honored along with the art award recipients at a ceremony taking place tonight, and the design award honorees will be presented with their prizes on Tuesday, June 12. 

The complete list of 2018 laureates is as follows:

Art
Camille Alena (born in 1986; lives and works in London)
Nicolas Cilins (born in 1985; lives and works in Geneva)
Nelly Haliti (born in 1987; lives and works in Geneva)
Sarah Margnetti (born in 1983; lives and works in Switzerland and Brussels)
Marius Margot (born in 1989; lives and works in Geneva)
Real Madrid (founded in 2015; based in Geneva)
Rico Scagliola & Michael Meier (born in 1985 and 1982, respectively; live and work in Zurich)
Bertold Stallmach (born in 1984; lives and works in Zurich)
Markus Weggenmann (born in 1953; lives and works in Zurich)

Architecture
TEN (founded in 2015; based in Zurich)

Mediation: Art
Nicolas Brulhart & Sylvain Menétrey (born in 1983 and 1979, respectively; live and work in Bern, Geneva, and Lausanne, Switzerland)

Mediation: Design
Hammer: Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz (born in 1981 and 1980, respectively; live and work in Zurich)
YET magazine: Nicolas Polli and Salvatore Vitale (born in 1989 and 1986, respectively; live and work in Brusino Arsizio and Cadro, Switzerland)

Graphic Design
Harry Bloch, Studio Harris Blondman (born in 1978; lives and works in Amsterdam)
Julia Born (born in 1975; lives and works in Zurich)
Céline Ducrot (born in 1992; lives and works in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland)
Marietta Eugster (born in 1985; lives and works in Zurich)
Dan Solbach (born in 1987; lives and works in Basel)

Photography 
Zoé Aubry (born in 1993; lives and works in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland)
Senta Simond (born in 1983, lives and works in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland)
Jean-Vincent Simonet (born in 1991; lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland)

Products and Objects
Christophe Guberan (born in 1985; lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland)
Simon Husslein (born in 1976; lives and works in Zurich)
Adrien Rovero (born in 1981; lives and works in Renens, Switzerland)
Laurin Schaub (born in 1984; lives and works in Bern, Switzerland)

Fashion and Textile Design
Rafael Kouto (born in 1990; lives and works in Losone, Switzerland)
Xénia Lucie Laffely (born in 1987; lives and works in Morges, Switzerland)
Mikael Vilchez, Forbidden Denimeries (born in 1990; lives and works in Aire-la-Ville, Switzerland)

June 14, 2018