Interview with Roman Ondák, Deutsche Bank’s Artist of the Year 2012

At Frieze Art Fair in London, Deutsche Bank officially announced the “Artist of the Year”. This time the award goes to the Slovakian artist Roman Ondák. After Wangechi Mutu and Yto Barrada Roman Ondák is the third artist who receives the prize that aims to honor and promote young artists who have created extraordinary photo works or works on paper. The selection of Roman Ondák was based on the recommendation of the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council, consisting of curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Nancy Spector and chaired by Pierre de Weck, member of Deutsche Bank AG’s Executive Committee. The prize winner is featured in a solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Roman Ondák’s exhibition is scheduled to open in April 2012.

On the occasion of the announcement Frieze Art Fair 2011, VernissageTV had a chance to speak with Roman Ondák about the award, his artworks on display at the Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge and the booth of Galerie Johnen, and his work in general. We also met with Friedhelm Hütte, Deutsche Bank Global Head Art, who talks about this year’s choice and the success of the “Artist of the Year” award. The above video is an excerpt, the complete video is available after the jump.

Interview with Roman Ondák, Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year 2012. Frieze Art Fair 2011, London / UK, October 13, 2011.

PS: More information is available at Deutsche Bank ArtMag.

Update (May 5, 2012): Roman Ondák: do not walk outside this area / Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (Video).

Click here to see Roman Ondák’s work Loop that he created for the Czech and Slovak Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2009.

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Complete video (10:25 Min.):