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Marguerite Humeau Wins 2017 Zurich Art Prize

Humeau. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Humeau.

COURTESY THE ARTIST

The Museum Haus Konstructiv has awarded the French-born artist Marguerite Humeau the Zurich Art Prize, which is given annually to an artist whose work balances “the cultural heritage of constructivist-concrete and conceptual art” with contemporary trends. She will now receive $80,000 toward a show at the Museum Haus Konstructiv, which is located in Zurich, as well as another $20,000 for winning the prize.

Humeau, who is based in London, has become known for her large-scale polystyrene sculptures of prehistoric-looking animals made using 21st-century techniques. The works, which typically mix industrial and organic elements, were recently on view at a critically acclaimed Palais de Tokyo show that later traveled to Nottingham Contemporary in England.

BLESS, Jeppe Hein, Desiree Heiss, Dominik Lang, Henrik Olesen, and Oscar Tuazon were also nominated for this year’s prize. Humeau was selected by a jury that included Museum Haus Konstructiv director Sabine Schaschl, Parkett editor Jacqueline Burckhardt, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd. general counsel for reinsurance Rolf Staub, Museum Tinguely director Roland Wetzel, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany director Rein Wolfs, and artist Beat Zoderer.

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