Two Icelandic artists, Kristján Gudmundsson and Egill Saebjörnsson, are in the group of 23 artists who will participate in the 2010 Carnegie Art Award, as announced last week. The Carnegie exhibition opens in Copenhagen on September 17, 2009.
The Carnegie Art Award is among the largest art award shows in the world that is dedicated to Nordic contemporary art. The prize is SEK 1 million (USD 124,000, EUR 93,000) and is also among the world’s largest prizes that is granted for achievements on the art scene, as stated in a press release.
The group of 23 artists was chosen from 148 nominees and for the first time since the Carnegie Art Award first took place in 1998, women are the majority of contestants.
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark will open the exhibition and present the winner with the prize on September 17. The exhibition will then go on an 18-month tour around the Nordic countries, to London, Nice and, for the first time, Beijing.