February 01, 2012


New Delhi: After the astounding success of The ŠKODA Prize 2010, ŠKODA Auto India and Seventy Event Media Group came together again to present the biggest and most prestigious award on the Indian visual arts scene, THE ŠKODA PRIZE for Indian Contemporary Art. The ŠKODA Prize is an annual celebration that recognizes outstanding work in Indian contemporary art.

The Shortlist comprised of artists from various genres. With solo shows in London, Berlin, Chicago in 2010 JitishKallat, one of India’s most successful artists found his way into The ŠKODA Prize Shortlist. Navin Thomas hails from Bangalore and is known for mixing science and art in his creations. L.N. Tallur is known for his kinetic sculptures that combine a sharp wit along with a prodigious use of materials. “The Breakthrough Artist Award” nominees included upcoming names such as SrikanthKolari, MadhubanMitra&Manas Bhattacharya, DhruvMalhotra and PrashantPandey.

Navin Thomas was announced the winner of the second edition of The ŠKODA Prize at a ceremony at the Taj Palace hotel. World-famous British artist Marc Quinn handed over the Trophy and a cheque for Rs.10, 00,000 to Navin Thomas. Navin Thomas’ show “From the Town’s End…” was shown at GALLERYSKE in Banglore. The two Runners-up were awarded residencies in Switzerland, courtesy Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council. The inaugural “The Breakthrough Artist Award” was won by MadhubanMitra&Manas Bhattacharya. The winner received a chequeof  Rs 50,000, handed over by Mrs. BéatriceLatteier .The artworks of the top 20 artists are on display at the Lalit Kala Akademi till February 6, 2012.

 The evening brought forth an eclectic mix of people from the world of art & culture and from the Delhi social circuit. Guests present at the evening were: Neville Tulli, Suhel Seth, Subodh Gupta, JitishKallat, L.N.Tallur, Navin Thomas, MithuSen, Rohit Gandhi, NidaMahmood, SumantJayakrishnan, VikramBaidyanath, Peter Nagy, Tasneem Mehta, JitenThukral and SumirTagra.

The Jury was headed by Mrs. KiranNadar, Chairperson of KiranNadar Museum of Art. Other members of the Jury included PoojaSood, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association, VivanSundaram, a renowned India contemporary artist, Heike Munder, Director and Curator of the Migros Museum fürGegenwartskunst, Zurich and Martin Clark, Artistic Director of Tate St Ives. Apart from the Jury Panel, there is also an advisory committee headed by renowned art critic, GirishShahane, who is also an Independent Writer based out of Mumbai. His articles on art, film and cultural politics have been published in leading newspapers and journals in India and abroad. He writes a fortnightly column for Yahoo! India.

 “We are extremely proud of what The ŠKODA Prize has been able to achieve in its second year itself. And we are confident that from here on, it will grow stupendously in stature and popularity. The corner stone of success in second season for us has been to see more and more contemporary artists from beyond the metroes became a part of The ŠKODA Prize. ŠKODA will continue to provide its whole hearted support to this incredible platform, as we aim towards taking it to much greater heights in years to come.” – NitishaAgrawal, Head of PR & Corporate Communications, ŠKODA Auto India.

 Speaking on The ŠKODA Prize, Marc Quinn, Guest of Honor, said, “It is an honour to be asked to present this year’s ŠKODA Prize.  Having visited India many times it is very exciting to be part of this prestigious event, which is now so integral to the Indian Contemporary Art scene”.

Martin da Costa, CEO, Seventy Event Media Group added “We were amazed at the success and impact of The ŠKODA Prize last year. But this year we were able to lift the benchmark even higher. We are constantly aiming to strive towards a more holistic target base and recognize talent from all strata of the industry right from debutantes to established artists. The inauguration of “The Breakthrough Artist Award” and giving the The ŠKODA Prize Longlist a platform to showcase their artworks with the annual exhibition has helped us achieve just that. We are delighted to be a part of this exciting journey that will soon be coming to a close with the announcement of the winner of THE ŠKODA PRIZE for Indian Contemporary Art.”

The ŠKODA Prize is the largest and most prestigious award on the Indian visual arts scene. It recognises cutting-edge work demonstrating vision, innovation, and a mature understanding of material and form. The Prize brings to public notice exciting trends in contemporary art, highlighting the output of established mid-career artists as well as new voices. It is backed by jurors of impeccable credentials, renowned patron institutions, a dedicated group of advisors, and a management team of proven capability. The ŠKODA Prize is Seventy EMG's Arts Initiative.

Marc Quinn and Navin Thomas