Baloise Art Prize Awarded to Giulia Cenci and Xinyi Cheng

Giulia Cenci from Italy and Xinyi Cheng from China have been selected as the winners of this year’s Baloise Art Prize, an annual award presented to artists whose works are featured in the Statements sector of Art Basel. They will each receive roughly $30,000. In addition, the Baloise Group, which administers the prize in partnership with the fair, will acquire several works by the artists and donate them to the Nationalgalerie—Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg.

Cenci’s fragmented installation at Italian gallery SpazioA’s booth comprises a series of hanging and mounted sculptures made of various materials—including metal, rubber, ceramic, and resin. The works are assembled in such a way that the piece evokes a deconstructed skeleton suspended in space. Cheng’s work at Paris gallery Balice Hertling’s booth is one of her signature portraits of models who are depicted in generic settings and are rendered in unrealistic but expressive colors.

This year’s jury included Marie-Noëlle Farcy, curator and head of collection at MUDAM; Gabriele Knapstein, head of Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Harald Falckenberg of Sammlung Falckenberg gallery, Hamburg; Lionel Bovier, director of the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; and jury chair Martin Schwander, a fine art advisor at Baloise.