An exhibition related to the 2008 Carnegie Art Awards, one of the largest art awards in the world, opens in the Kópavogur Art Museum in Iceland’s capital region on May 17 and will be open to the public between May 18 and August 10.
The exhibition showcases the foremost Nordic contemporary art. Its purpose is to support skilled artists in the Nordic countries and to promote contemporary painting.
“Lactating Martyr” by Thórdís Adalsteinsdóttir.
The jury selected the 26 artists represented in this year’s exhibition out of 143 nominated artists. Two Icelandic artists made it to the top 26 this year, Thórdís Adalsteinsdóttir and Thór Vigfússon.
The jury also appoints three award winners and one recipient of a scholarship among the participating artists.
“Untitled” by Thór Vigfússon.
Torsten Andersson from Sweden was granted the first prize, SEK 1 million (USD 166,000, EUR 108,000). The second prize of SEK 600,000 (USD 100,000, EUR 65,000) went to Jesper Just of Denmark, and the third prize of SEK 400,000 (USD 66,000, EUR 43,000) to John Koerner, also of Denmark.
Nathalie Djurberg from Sweden was awarded with the scholarship worth SEK 100,000 (USD 17,000, EUR 11,000).