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With a more stringent selection procedure, with fewer artists showing more works, a greater focus is put on painting. This is the tenth edition of the Carnegie Art Award for the most prominent Nordic artists. The touring exhibition, Carnegie Art Award 2012, is featuring 17 Nordic artists selected in tough competition between 127 nominees.

The jury has awarded Finnish artist Heikki Marila (b. 1966) the first prize of 1 million SEK (EUR 110.000). Marila is showing an impressive series of paintings where his characteristically flowing, expressive style is channelled into contemporary versions of the symbolically-laden 17th century Dutch floral still-lifes.

The Second Prize of 600,000 SEK (EUR 66.000) is awarded to Ann Edholm (b. 1953), Sweden, participating with monumental works with strongly graphic and geometric elements and a veritably sculptural approach to painting. The third-prize winner Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen (b. 1963), Denmark, is awarded 400,000 SEK (EUR 44.000). With his figurative and unexpected painterly imagery, Schmidt-Rasmussen mixes the quotidian with the poetic and quirky, revealing that things are not always what they seem to be. The grant of 100,000 SEK (EUR 11.000), directed to a young artist, is awarded to Klara Lidén (b. 1979), Sweden. With simple, found materials and means, Lidén reflects on and searches for alternative perspectives on everyday life in works surging with compressed energy.

The exhibition will be inaugurated and the awards presented on 17 November at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo. The exhibition will then tour in the Nordic countries.

The major exhibition reflects what is happening right now within contemporary painting on the Nordic art scene. The participating artists 2012 are:

Stig Baumgartner, FI Hildur Bjarnadóttir, IS Heimir Björgúlfsson, IS Per Inge Bjørlo, NO Cecilia Edefalk, SE Ann Edholm, SE Ditte Ejlerskov, DK Andreas Eriksson, SE Henriette Heise, DK Klara Lidén, SE Heikki Marila, FI Jarmo Mäkilä, FI Heli Rekula, FI Ragna Róbertsdóttir, IS Stein Rønning, NO Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, DK Kjell Torriset, NO

Exhibition tour Carnegie Art Award 2012: The Stenersen Museum, Oslo, 18 November, 2011 – 29 January, 2012 The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, 16 March – 13 May, 2012 Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, May – August, 2012 (dates to be announced) Sophienholm, Lyngby/Copenhagen, 28 September – 8 November, 2012, (dates to be confirmed)

Carnegie Art Award 2012

Künstler: Stig Baumgartner, Hildur Bjarnadottir, Heimir Björgulfsson, Per Inge Bjorlo, Cecilia Edefalk, Ann Edholm, Ditte Ejlerskov, Andreas Eriksson, Henriette Heise, Klara Liden, Heikki Marila, Jarmo Mäkilä, Heli Rekula, Ragna Robertsdottir, Stein Ronning, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen, Kjell Torriset

18.11.2011 - 29.01.2012 The Stenersen Museum, Oslo
16.03.2012 - 13.05.2012 The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm
Mai - August 2012 Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki
28.09.2012 - 08.11.2012 Sophienholm, Lyngby / Kopenhagen