Egyptian Canadian Artist Anna Boghiguian Wins 2024 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

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Cologne’s Museum Ludwig is set to award Anna Boghiguian, the Egyptian Canadian artist of Armenian descent, with the prestigious 30th Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The award ceremony is scheduled for November 2024 during the Art Cologne art fair.

Boghiguian’s artistic contributions to contemporary art have gained international acclaim, primarily through her paintings, drawings, and installations that delve into global narratives of oppression and inequality. Her work masterfully weaves together contemporary and historical themes, immersing people and ideas in a broader context. Often site-specific, her creations mirror her astute observations of the human condition. In 2015, she was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, representing Armenia. She has also made significant appearances in prominent art exhibitions, such as the Istanbul Biennial (2009 and 2015), the Sharjah Biennial in 2011, and dOCUMENTA 13 in 2012. In 2018, she was featured in the Artsy Vanguard.

Yilmaz Dziewior, the director of the Museum Ludwig, expressed his delight in announcing Anna Boghiguian as the recipient of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize 2024, stating, “With her, an artist is honored whose work is equally political and poetic.”

The Wolfgang Hahn Prize includes a substantial grant of up to €100,000 ($105,350) for acquiring the artist’s works for the Museum Ludwig’s collection in Cologne. Following this acquisition, an exhibition showcasing her work will be held, accompanied by a publication. Notable previous recipients of the prize include Frank Bowling, Betye Saar, Isa Genzken, and Cindy Sherman.

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