November 15, 2011


New Delhi, October 24, 2011: The Škoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art today announced the three best solo exhibitions in the country over the last year. Out of 128 entries received from all across the country, the top 20 were chosen and this evening the jury declared the three finalists at a grand, well attended event the British Council, New Delhi. The Škoda Prize 2011 shortlist are Jitish Kallat (Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai), L.N. Tallur (Gallery Nature Morte), Navin Thomas (GallerySKE). 

The eminent jury comprising of Kiran Nadar, prominent philanthropist and art collector, Pooja Sood, Director of KHOJ International Artists’ Association, Vivan Sundaran, renowned India contemporary artist and Heike Munder, Director and Curator of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich along with Girish Shahane, an independent Writer based out of Mumbai and head of the Advisory Committee for The ŠKODA Prize participated in a panel discussion at the British Council that focused on the chosen twenty artists, highlighting their strengths and importance in Indian contemporary art. The jury announced the name of the three finalists at the end of the discussion. 

The long list comprising of 20 artists and their corresponding solo exhibitions was announced in September. The list comprised of Jitish Kallat, one of India’s most successful artists, 27-year-old Prashant Pandey, Navin Thomas, 25-year-old Dhruv Malhotra, Ashish Avikunthak who works solely with film and video, L.N. Tallur, Reena Saini Kallat, Arunkumar H.G., RAQS Media Collective, Manjunath Kamath, Vishal Dar, Sujith S.N., Sumedh Rajendran, Pooja Iranna, Manish Nai, Aditi Singh, Paula Sengupta, Anjali Srinivasan, Srikanth Kolari and a collaborative photo project by Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya. 

The Škoda Prize will showcase the works of the three finalists in a major exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi at the end of January 2012.The winner will be announced on the January 28, 2012 and shall be awarded Rs 10 lakh apart from earning the prestigious title of The Škoda Prize winner for the year 2011-2012. The ŠkodaA Prize patron Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council will offer a four-week residency each in Switzerland to the two runners-up of the The Škoda Prize 2011. 

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.

Charlie Walker at British Council