Helvetia Art Prize

Helvetia Insurance is taking part at Liste Art Fair Basel 2022 for the 19th time with the Helvetia Art Prize, which supports graduates from Swiss art schools at the start of their professional careers. The support provided by the prize is twofold: On the one hand, the winners receive financial support of 15,000 CHF, and on the other hand, they have the opportunity to present their work to an international professional audience and a broad public with an exhibition at Liste Art Fair Basel. This year, Helvetia presents Anita Mucolli (*1993), winner of the Helvetia Art Prize 2021.

Anita Mucolli holds a Bachelor's degree from the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Inspired by Jonathan Crary's book "24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep", she uses various media and technical precision to tackle the issue of how late capitalist systems aim to penetrate even further into human biology and needs. The jury is impressed by the reflected, complex rendering of the subject.

In her awarded work, "The Bank of Dreams" (2021), which was shown at the Plattform21 exhibition at the Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana (MASI) in Lugano, she addresses a future scenario in which capitalism is appropriating technological progress, entering the human subconscious and com-mercializing dreams.

The jury of the Helvetia Art Prize 2021 comprised Francesca Benini (Curator at MASILugano), Kathleen Bühler (Head Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern), Julian Denzler (Curator at the Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen), Joanna Kamm (Director of the Liste Art Fair Basel), Andreas Karcher (Head of Helvetia's Art Department) and Nathalie Loch (Curator of Helvetia's Art Department).

Anita Mucolli, The Bank of Dreams, 2021. Vista dell'installazione Plattform21, MASILugano, 2021. Foto: Mattia Angelini.
Anita Mucolli, The Bank of Dreams, 2021. Vista dell'installazione Plattform21, MASILugano, 2021. Foto: Mattia Angelini.

Helvetia Art Prize since 2004

The Helvetia Art Prize is meant to support a graduate of a Swiss university majoring in “visual and media art” and is awarded annually to a young emerging artist at the start of his or her career. The promotional prize consists of a monetary award of  CHF 15,000 and a solo exhibition at Liste and underlines the company’s long-term commitment to Swiss art. 


Winners since 2004:

2022: Jonas Van Holanda, HEAD Genève
2021: Anita Mucolli, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW Basel
2020: Tiphanie Kim Mall, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW Basel
2019: Kaspar Ludwig, Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW Basel
2018: Gina Proenza, École cantonale d'art de Lausanne
2017: Andriu Deplazes, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2016: STELLA; Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2015: Dijan Kahrimanovic, F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign, Zürich
2014: Thomas Moor, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2013: Michael Meier & Christoph Franz, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2012: Kathrin Affentranger, Hochschule der Künster Bern
2011: Josse Bailly, Haute école d'art et de design Genève
2010: Elisa Larvego, Haute école d'art et de design Genève
2009: Florian Germann, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2008: Nicole Bachmann, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
2007: Luc Mattenberger, Haute école d'art et de design Genève
2006: Aloïs Godinat, Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne
2005: Swann Thommen (collectif-fact), Haute école d'art et de design Genève
2004: Kathrin Stengele, Hochschule der Künste Bern

Logo helvetia Art Prize
Logo helvetia Art Prize