Hugo Boss Prize

The Hugo Boss Prize is awarded every other year to an artist (or group of artists) working in any medium, anywhere in the world. Since its establishment in 1996, it has distinguished itself from other art awards because it has no restrictions on nationality or age.[1] The prize is administered by the Guggenheim Museum and sponsored by the Hugo Boss clothing company, which since 1995 has been sponsoring various exhibitions and activities at the museum.[2] It carries with it a cash award of US$100,000 and a tetrahedral trophy.

A jury of five to six curators, critics, and scholars is responsible for the selection of the artists. They nominate six or seven artists for the shortlist; several months later, they choose the winner of the prize. In past years most nominated artists have been little known.[3] In 1996 and 1998, the nominated artists exhibited their work at the now-defunct Guggenheim Soho, where a space on the second floor was named the Hugo Boss Gallery in 1996;[4] since 2000, only the winning artist has shown his or her work.

History of the PrizeEdit

1996 The first Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to Matthew Barney, an American filmmaker and sculptor. The other nominees were:

1998 Douglas Gordon, a Scottish video artist, won the second Hugo Boss prize. The other nominees were:

2000 The third Hugo Boss Prize went to Marjetica Potrč, a Slovenian artist, architect and urban theorist working in sculpture and photography. The other nominees were:

2002 Pierre Huyghe, a French artist who works in multiple media, won the fourth Hugo Boss Prize. The other nominees were:

2004 The fifth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to Rirkrit Tiravanija, a Thai artist born in Buenos Aires who now works in New York, Berlin and Bangkok. The other nominees were:

2006 The sixth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to the British artist Tacita Dean. The other nominees were:


The seventh Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to Palestinian Emily Jacir. The other nominees were:


The eighth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to the German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann. The other nominees were:


The ninth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to the Vietnamese artist Danh Vo. The other nominees were:


The tenth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to the American artist Paul Chan.[5] Other nominated artists were:

In March 2014, nominee Steve McQueen withdrew his name from consideration for the Hugo Boss Prize because of the demands of promoting his Oscar-winning movie 12 Years A Slave.[6]


The eleventh Hugo Boss prize was awarded to the South Korean conceptual artist Anicka Yi. The other nominees were:


The twelfth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to Simone Leigh, an American interdisciplinary multimedia artist. The other nominees were:[8]


The thirteenth Hugo Boss Prize was awarded to Deana Lawson, an American photographer.[11] The other nominees were:[12]


  1. ^ Carol Vogel (November 25, 2011), Six Named as Finalists for Hugo Boss Prize New York Times.
  2. ^ Grace Glueck (July 17, 1998), Contemporary Works Intended to Provoke New York Times.
  3. ^ Carol Vogel (November 25, 2011), Six Named as Finalists for Hugo Boss Prize New York Times.
  4. ^ Carol Vogel (February 7, 1997) Still Waltzing New York Times.
  5. ^ "Paul Chan Wins Hugo Boss Prize". 20 November 2014.
  6. ^ Oscar-winning director (and Turner prize artist) picks Hollywood over Hugo Boss The Art Newspaper, March 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Hugo Boss Prize".
  8. ^ Samaha, Barry. "Simone Leigh Garners the Hugo Boss Prize 2018 at the Guggenheim Museum". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  9. ^ "Artist Simone Leigh Wins Guggenheim's 2018 Hugo Boss Prize". Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  10. ^ "Guggenheim Names Hugo Boss Prize 2018 Short List". 13 December 2017.
  11. ^ Goldstein, Caroline (22 October 2020). "Deana Lawson Wins the 2020 Hugo Boss Prize, Becoming the First Photographer Ever to Take the Prestigious Award". artnetnews. Retrieved 2021-02-13.
  12. ^ Williams, Maxwell (19 November 2019). "Meet the 6 Rising-Star Artists Competing for the Coveted $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize". artnetnews. Retrieved 2021-02-13.

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