(From left to right): Cosmin Costinas, Outset Curator of Contemporary Art and Executive Director of Para/Site Art Space; Mihai Pop from Galeria Plan B; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Navid Nuur, one of the winning artists; Mihaele Lutea from Galeria Plan B; Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine; Magnus Renfrew, Director Asia of Art Basel
Art Basel announced Navid Nuur and Adrian Ghenie, presented by Galeria Plan B from Berlin and Cluj, as the winners of the 25,000 USD Discoveries Prize at the first edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong. The Discoveries sector showcases solo and two-person exhibitions by emerging artists from across the world.
The artists were chosen by an expert panel of judges including: Cosmin Costinas, Outset Curator of Contemporary Art and Executive Director of Para/Site Art Space, HK; Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; and Elaine Ng, Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific Magazine.
Their collaborative project, 'The Possibility of Purple', questions the dematerialization of painting through a dialogue between the figurative and abstract. Navid Nuur adapts his conceptual practice in approaching traditional painting and representation, while Adrian Ghenie researches abstract elements of the figurative. Both explore the phenomenology of color and use red and blue as their starting point.
Navid Nuur (1976, Teheran) lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. He has had solo exhibitions at: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London; and the Kusthalle Fridericianum, Kassel. His work has been featured at the Venice Biennale in ILLUMInations in 2011 and in Taking Place, a group exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
Adrian Ghenie (1977, Baia, Mare, Romania) lives and works in Cluj and Berlin. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum for Contemporary Art, Denver; S.M.A.K Museum, Gent; and the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest. The artist has been included in solo exhibitions at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; The Venice Biennale; The Francois Pinault Collection; The Prague Biennale and Tate Liverpool.