Artes Mundi (6 October 2012-Sunday 13 January 2013), Wales’s biggest and most exciting contemporary visual art show is back for its 5th exhibition in its new home, the outstanding National Museum of Art in Cardiff.
Seven exceptional artists, from Cuba, India, Lithuania, Mexico, Slovenia, Sweden, and the UK, have been selected to take part in the exhibition, drawn from over 750 nominations, including 576 individual artists from more than 90 countries. Their work explores social themes, telling stories of lived experience from countries and cultures across the world through a variety of media including sculpture, installations, photography, film and performance.
In late November an international panel of judges will award one of the artists the £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize, the UK’s largest art prize. All other shortlisted artists will receive a new award of £4,000 each. A new partnership with Mostyn, the contemporary gallery in North Wales, will also see one of the shortlisted artists present a solo show there in the 2013.
Some of the artists look at specific cultural or historical contexts while others engage with broader themes of human experience. The range of nationalities, themes and artistic media demonstrates the scope of the Artes Mundi Prize, which will be underlined in a major exhibition of works by the shortlisted artists at Wales’s new National Museum of Art. The 14-week exhibition will be installed in almost 800 square metres of new contemporary art galleries, reinforcing Artes Mundi’s longstanding partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.
For other information visit Artes Mundi online: www.artesmundi.org