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Winner of the 9th Hiroshima Art Prize Decided Ms. Doris Salcedo

The City of Hiroshima has selected the winner of the 9th Hiroshima Art Prize, Ms. Doris Salcedo (born 1958 in Bogota, Colombia, where she currently resides)

About the Hiroshima Art Prize

Established by the City of Hiroshima in 1989, the Hiroshima Art Prize recognizes the achievements of artists who have contributed to the peace of humanity in the field of contemporary art, and through contemporary art aims to appeal to a wider world and the spread the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which seeks everlasting world peace.This prize is awarded once every three years.

Profile of Doris Salcedo
Reasons for awarding the Hiroshima Art Prize
Reason for Selection
The Hiroshima Art Prize Award Ceremony and Commemorative Exhibition
Message from the artist
Doris Salcedo
The Hiroshima Art Prize

1550 Chairs Stacked Between Two City Buildings, 2003, 8th Istanbul Biennial Photo by Sergio Clavijo

Profile of Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo is an artist who has consistently expressed her view that art has the potential power of strong resistance to the widespread violence and discrimination in the world, especially in her native land of Colombia.
From the early 1990s, Ms. Salcedo participated in international art exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, and received international critical praise for her works which quietly evoke the memory of victims of violence using everyday household furniture and clothes and restoring them through sculpture, in addition to her large-scale installations which completely transform spaces into places of mourning for the dead.
She received further praise in 2007 for her installation at the Tate Modern in London, which consisted of a 167 meter-long fissure in the floor.

Shibboleth, 2007, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London Photo by Marcus Leith/ Andrew Dunkley

Reason for Selection

Ms. Salcedo has created works that are concerned with the victims of violence, transcend mourning death, incorporating the hope of rebirth. Her exhibition using original methods to appeal to the viewer and highlight in a modern context the tragedy of the violence of Hiroshima, unprecedented in human history, is eagerly anticipated. Therefore, the judges feel her work is consistent with the aims of the Hiroshima Art Prize.

Untitled (armoire), 1992

The Hiroshima Art Prize Award Ceremony and Commemorative Exhibition

The Hiroshima Art Prize Award Ceremony will be held around July 2014, and from the summer to the autumn the Hiroshima Art Prize Commemorative Exhibition featuring Ms. Salcedo’s work will be held at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art.

Message from the artist

Dear Mayor Kazumi Matsui,

Let me begin thanking you and the committee of the Hiroshima Art Prize for granting my work with such prestigious award. I accept gratefully and humbly this prize that represents not only a recognition to my work but the responsibility to continue addressing the experience of victims of human violence, so their suffering will not be forgotten.

Hiroshima is without any doubt, after the painful and awful experiences it suffered, one of our ethical bastion, and an example of endurance and resilience that has become an inspiration for us all.

Doris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo Photo by Rui Gaudêncio, 2011

Doris Salcedo

Selected Biography

1958 Born in Bogotá, Colombia
1980 BFA, Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano
1984 MA, New York University
1987-88 Director, School of Plastic Arts, Instituto de Bellas Artes, Cali
1989-91 Professor of Sculpture and Art Theory, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota
1993 Penny McCall Foundation Grant
1995 Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation Grant
2005 The Ordway Prize, Penny McCall Foundation
2006 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute
2008 Honorary Doctorate, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
2010 Premio “Velázquez” de las Artes Plásticas, The Spanish Ministry of Culture
Currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

1985 Nuevos Nombres, Casa de la Moneda, Bogota
1994 La Casa Viuda, Brooke Alexander, New York
1995 La Casa Viuda VI, White Cube, London
1998-99 Unland/Doris Salcedo, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; SITE Santa Fe, NM
1999 Unland/Doris Salcedo: New Work, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Art Now 18: Doris Salcedo, Tate Gallery, London
2000 Doris Salcedo, Tenebrae: 7 de noviembre, 1985, Alexander and Bonin, New York
2001 Doris Salcedo, Camden Arts Centre, London
2007 Shibboleth, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
2010-13 Plegaria Muda, Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Malmö; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; Museo Nazionale della arti del XXI secolo (MAXXI), Rome; White Cube, London; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Selected Group Exhibitions

1993 Aperto 93. Biennale di Venezia
1995 Carnegie International 1995, Pittsburgh
1999 Trace, The Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art
2002 Documenta 11, Kassel
2003 8th International Istanbul Biennial

La Casa Viuda IV, 1994 Photo by D. James Dee

accion de duelo, 2007

The deatails about the Hiroshima Art Prize


This project aims to honor the achievements of artists and extol the possibilities of contemporary art and expression by awarding the Hiroshima Art Prize to the candidate who best expresses the “Spirit of Hiroshima.” A subsequent solo exhibition of the winner’s work will be held at the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, which will increase awareness of both the artist’s work and the mission of the Hiroshima Art Prize and its significance.

Selection criteria

1. An individual or a group actively engaged in art worldwide (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, design, fashion, etc.)
2. An individual or a group engaged in creative activities related to the “Spirit of Hiroshima” or peace, and whose achievements are considered to correspond to the purpose of the Hiroshima Art Prize.
3. An individual or a group whose achievements are considered to be appropriate for exhibition.
4. There are no restrictions on nationality or age.

Selection procedures

The artists recommended by the Hiroshima Art Prize Candidates Recommending Committee, consisting of museum directors and art critics from various countries, and the Hiroshima Art Prize Special Recommending Committee, consisting of past winners of the Hiroshima Art Prize, are presented to the Hiroshima Art Prize Selecting Committee, made up of Japanese museum directors and art critics, and the potential recipients are selected. The Hiroshima Art Prize Recipient Selecting Council, made up of intellectuals and art experts, selects the prize recipient based upon the results of this selection.

Past recipients

* The 1st: Issey Miyake (fashion/ Awarded in 1989)
* The 2nd: Robert Rauschenberg (fine art/Awarded in 1992)
* The 3rd: Nancy Spero & Leon Golub (fine art/Awarded in 1995)
* The 4th: Krzysztof Wodiczko (fine art/ Awarded in 1998)
* The 5th: Daniel Libeskind (architecture/ Awarded in 2001)
* The 6th: Shirin Neshat (fine art/ Awarded in 2004)
* The 7th: Cai Guo-Qiang (fine art/ Awarded in 2007)
* The 8th: Yoko Ono (fine art/ Awarded in 2010)

The 1st Hiroshima Art Prize

The 4th Hiroshima Art Prize
Public Projection, Hiroshima

The 7th Hiroshima Art Prize
Unmanned Garden

The 8th Hiroshima Art Prize
YOKO ONO, 2011
The Doors, Negai
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