Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim 2023 awarded


Institutional Communication Service

9 February 2023

The Federal Office of Culture (FOC) has awarded the Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim for the 23rd time to three outstanding figures from the Swiss cultural scene: the winners of the 2023 edition are the art historian and mediator Stanislaus von Moos, former professor at the USI Academy of Architecture, the artist Uriel Orlow and the collective Parity Group.

Like artistic and architectural production, the Prix Meret Oppenheim is not timeless but reflects processes of social transformation. By awarding this year's Swiss Art Prize to the critic von Moos, the artist Orlow and the collective Parity Group, more visibility is given to topical issues.

The coherent mediation of contexts and interdisciplinary connections in the work of Stanislaus von Moos on the one hand and the critical transposition of readings of the past into a post-colonial present in that of Uriel Orlow on the other are complemented by the topicality and innovative force of the collective Parity Group.

All the winners of this year's Grand Award share an inclusive and interdisciplinary way of working and a dialogue with different actors. In terms of content, this year's Swiss Grand Award for Art thus closes a circle and, in its topicality, remains future-oriented, a characteristic of the courageous Meret Oppenheim, after whom the Prize is named.

The Swiss Grand Award for Art / Prix Meret Oppenheim, which has been awarded since 2001 on the recommendation of the Federal Art Commission, distinguishes outstanding figures from the worlds of art, architecture and curatorship, research and criticism whose internationally renowned work is of particular topicality and relevance to the Swiss art and architecture scene. The prizes are worth CHF 40,000 each.

The public prize-giving ceremony for the award and other Swiss Art Awards will take place on 12 June in Hall 1.1 of the Basel Messe and will be followed by the opening of the Swiss Art Awards exhibition.