- M+ announces the launch of the Sigg Prize, which recognises outstanding artistic practice in the Greater China region. This prize continues and expands the work the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) has done over the past two decades. Picture (From left to right): Ms Liu Li Anna, President of the CCAA (2011-2018) Ms Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director, M+ Mr Victor Lo Chung-wing, Chairman of M+ Board Dr Uli Sigg, Founder of the CCAA Mr Duncan Pescod, Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District AuthorityCourtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
- A jury will focus on each candidate’s practice over the past two years, reinforcing Sigg Prize’s commitment to bringing the most current production to a wider international audience. Picture (From left to right): Ms Lai Hsiangling, Curator, Taipei Mr Xu Bing, Artist, Beijing Ms Gong Yan, Director, Power Station of Art, Shanghai Dr Uli Sigg, Founder of the Sigg Prize Mr Bernard Blistène, Director, Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris Ms Suhanya Raffel, Co-chairwoman of the Sigg Prize and Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong Ms Liu Li Anna, Co-chairwoman of the Sigg PrizeCourtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
M+, Hong Kong’s museum of twentieth-and twenty-first-century visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District, is pleased to announce the launch of the Sigg Prize, which recognises outstanding artistic practice in the Greater China region. This prize continues and expands the work the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA) has done over the past two decades.
The Sigg Prize evolved directly from the CCAA, established by Dr Uli Sigg in 1997 and chaired by Liu Li Anna since 2011. As the first award for contemporary art in the Mainland, the CCAA has been a leading force in steering Chinese art and artists to the world, helping to frame the international conversation on Chinese contemporary art. M+ has supported the work of the CCAA since
A nominating committee composed of curators and art critics who have
Dr Sigg, the founder of the CCAA, emphasised the importance of the evolution of the prize: ‘I am delighted to witness this milestone achievement of the award and thrilled for the transition. My primary purposes in establishing the award were to give encouragement to artists with talent, to enhance awareness on the part of a largely uninterested Chinese public, and to bring prominent international professionals to the Chinese art scene. After twenty years, Anna Liu and I think it is time to move forward, to make the award accessible to more audiences and artists. I am looking forward to seeing the prize mature into being a global influencer.’
Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director of M+, commented on the connection between the prize and M+’s mission: ‘In the past two decades, the CCAA has made an undeniable contribution to Chinese contemporary art. We are pleased to grow the CCAA into an M+ programme and launch the Sigg Prize, with the ambition to establish it as the major art prize with an exhibition in this region. The Sigg Prize embodies M+’s remit as a multidisciplinary museum of twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture. The move strengthens the connection between the award and the M+ Sigg Collection, supporting M+ as a platform for both the recognition and the collection of contemporary art practice in the Greater China region. By introducing the prize to a wider international audience, M+ will play a pioneering role in shaping the history of contemporary art in this part of the world and in encouraging public interest in visual culture.’
The Sigg Critic Prize—formerly the CCAA Art Critic Award, established by Dr Sigg in 2007—will be organised by M+ every two years, starting in 2020.
The co-chairwomen of the Sigg Prize:
Ms Suhanya Raffel (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong)
Ms Liu Li Anna (President, CCAA, 2011 – 2018)
Members of the Sigg Prize jury
Ms Maria Balshaw CBE (Director, Tate, London)
Mr Bernard Blistène (Director, Musée national
Ms Gong Yan (Director, Power Station of Art, Shanghai)
Ms Lai Hsiangling (Curator, Taipei)
Ms Suhanya Raffel (Executive Director, M+, Hong Kong)
Dr Uli Sigg (Founder of the Chinese Contemporary Art Award, Switzerland)
Mr Xu Bing (Artist, Beijing)
About Uli Sigg
Dr Uli Sigg was born in 1946 and grew up in Switzerland. He completed his studies with a PhD from the law faculty of the Universität Zürich. He then worked as a journalist and editor for various Swiss newspapers and magazines. From 1977 to 1990 he held positions at the Schindler Group as Area Manager for
About the Chinese Contemporary Art Award (CCAA)
The CCAA was founded in 1997 by Dr Uli Sigg, a leading collector of Chinese contemporary art, and chaired by Liu Li Anna since 2011. Established as an independent non-profit entity, the CCAA recognises Chinese artists and art critics who show outstanding achievement in the creation of art, and in its analysis and critique.
Granted every two years, the CCAA is an important presence in the Chinese art world, with its winners gaining significant international recognition. In addition to the Best Artist Award, the CCAA introduced the Best Young Artist Award in 2002 and the Contribution Award for lifetime achievement in 2004. Former CCAA winners include Gu Dexin (2004), Huang Yongping (2006), Ai Weiwei (2008), Zhang Peili (2010), Geng Jianyi (2012), Song Dong (2014), and Xu Bing (2016) for the Contribution Award; Zhou Tiehai (1998), Xiao Yu (2000), Yan Lei (2002), Xu Zhen (2004), Zheng Guogu (2006), Liu Wei (2008), Duan Jianyu (2010), Pak Sheung Chuen (2012), Kan Xuan (2014), and Cao Fei (2016) for Best Artist; and Sun Yuan and Peng Yu (2002), Song Tao (2004), Cao Fei (2006), Tseng Yu-Chin (2008), Sun Xun (2010), Yan Xing (2012), Ni Youyu (2014), and He Xiangyu (2016) for Best Young Artist.
The CCAA Art Critic Award was established in 2007. Past recipients of the award include Pauline J. Yao (2007), Wang Chunchen (2009), Zhu Zhu (2011), Dong Bingfen (2013), Yu Miao (2015), and Lu Mingjun (2017).
M+ is a museum dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, we are building one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary visual culture in the world, with a bold ambition to establish ourselves as one of the world’s leading cultural institutions. Our aim is to create a new kind of museum that reflects our unique time and place, a museum that builds on Hong Kong’s historic balance of the local and the international to define a distinctive and innovative voice for Asia’s twenty-first century.
About the West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, and will provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.