Breaking: Mona Hatoum Awarded 2011 Joan Miró Prize

February 7th, 2011

Mona Hatoum. Via Art Daily

Palestinian-British artist Mona Hatoum has just been announced the 2011 winner of the Joan Miró Prize. This prestigious €70,000 award is granted biennially, with the ceremony taking place at the Fundació Joan Miró auditorium in Barcelona on April 7 this year, with the artist’s following exhibition taking place there in June 2012. The jury made the decision unanimously, stating that Hatoum “has pioneered in opening up art practices to non-Western realities while showing the connections between Western high culture and transnational political and cultural events. After Hatoum, the art world has become a far more open and less self-centred arena, a process that is still in expansion and consolidation. Hatoum’s commitment to human values of concern to all cultures and societies is similar to Miró’s view of mankind after his experience of three devastating wars,” according to Art Daily.

Andre Ricard, Joan Miró Trophy (2007). Via Fundació Joan Miró

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Mona Hatoum, Grater Divide (2002). Via Alexander and Bonin

The jury consisted of several high-profile museum directors, hailing from Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, and Fundació Joan Miró. Previous recipients of the award include Olafur Eliasson in 2007 and Pipilotti Rist in 2009.

-S. Sveen

Related Links:

Premi Joan Miró [Official site]
Fondació Joan Miró [Official site]
Palestinian-British Artist Mona Hatoum Announced Winner of the 2011 Joan Miró Prize [Art Daily]
Keeping it Real: An Exhibition in 4 Acts: Act 3: Current Disturbance [Whitechapel GalleryArt Observed]
Mona Hatoum: Bunker [White Cube Mason's Yard]