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Next Generation Art Prize

The Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize is for young Southeast Asian artists who create digital art – working with a medium of the future.

By dedicating the Prize to the digital image, a medium that is already fast becoming the visual currency of everyday life in the twenty-first century, we wish to engage and empower the talent of the future.

The Prize underlines the importance of Julius Baer’s support of the arts and young talent, as well as a recognition of the current shifting frontiers in life and work.

“We are pleased to extend Julius Baer’s long tradition of supporting the arts to Asia, the Bank’s second home market. With this inaugural Next Generation Art Prize, we hope to nurture and empower young artistic talent, and discover and promote emerging voices, ideas, and expressions in Asia”, said Jimmy Lee, Head Asia Pacific and Member of the Executive Board, Julius Baer.

Next Generation is our vision of the future – a future shaped by megatrends that we identify and translate into investment themes for today. Our main Next Generation themes are: Arising Asia, Digital Disruption, Energy Transition, Feeding the World, Future Cities, Shifting Lifestyles and Inequality as well as Sustainability. One criteria of the Next Generation Art Prize is that entries must reflect at least one of these themes. 

The Next Generation Art Prize Winners

Hear from the winners as they share the thoughts behind their works and what the Art Prize means to them.

“ The number of entries exceeded our expectations. We are pleased that this prize has helped to galvanize the region’s burgeoning art scene as well as culturally diverse and technologically advanced arts community. Many of the entries are outstanding and we look forward to present to the world, selected works of these Southeast Asian digital artists,” said Jason Moo, Head Private Banking Southeast Asia and Branch Manager Singapore, Julius Baer.

 

The Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize was open from 5 November 2020 to 28 February 2021. A virtual exhibition featuring the works of the winners and finalists was held from 30 April to 30 June 2021. Please click here for more information about the Winners and Finalists of the Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize.

Judges

Barbara Staubli studied history, art history and media relations at the University of Zurich. After several years working for internationally active galleries, she joined Bank Julius Baer in 2011 and took over as Head of the Art Department in 2014. As curator of the collection, she is responsible for the management of more than 5,000 works of art by contemporary Swiss artists and the strategic development of the collection. Barbara Staubli is also a member of the art committee that is responsible for new acquisitions and has been a member of various juries in the field of contemporary art in recent years.

Audrey Yeo is the founder of Contemporary Art Gallery Yeo Workshop based in Gillman Barracks, Singapore. Besides curating contemporary art exhibitions, she has produced multiple art initiatives and public art projects such as the inaugural edition of S.E.A. Focus – an STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery project (2019) and the public art project ’Twenty Twenty’ at 2 Cavan Road, a former ship repair warehouse. She also represents the estates for pioneering Singaporean artists including Loke Hong Seng and Solamalay Namasivayam.

Dr Cheryl Loh is one-half of the art-collecting duo that forms the John and Cheryl Chia Collection. A psychiatrist by profession, she is based in Singapore and has been a committed collector for about 20 years. Alongside her husband, their collection comprises around 300 contemporary works from across Asia, including works by artists Tang Da Wu, Ho Rui An, Fyerool Darma, Manit Sriwanichpoom, and teamLab. Her preference for collecting art is never limited to a specific type, often intrigued by works that encourage further discussions.

Inti Guerrero has been Artistic Director of Bellas Artes Projects, Manila, since 2018, and the Estrellita B. Brodsky Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate, England, since 2016. He was Curator of the 38th EVA International - Ireland’s Biennial, Limerick (2018), and Artistic Director of TEOR/éTica, San Jose (2011-2014).

Wiyu Wahono was born and is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, and began collecting art in 1999. His basis for collecting is to reflect the zeitgeist, or spirit of the time, in not only traditional media, but also contemporary media such as sound, light, digital and other new media artworks. His art collection has been exhibited in various places including the Liechtenstein National Museum, the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, the Asia Society Museum New York, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and various others across Asia.

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