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Prizes, exhibitions and publications celebrating young talents in Vienna and Istanbul

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December 2008
Messe Wien, Vienna  

UniCredit Group's support for young literary talent was on display at the Buch Wien 2008 publishing exhibition in November, where, in collaboration with Kulturkontakt Austria and Wieser Verlag the Bank Austria Literaris award for literary work was presented by Bank Austria. This award is the largest literary prize for young writers from Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

The jury, chaired by Czech writer Jiří Gruša, reviewed more than 800 works by young writers and poets from 16 countries. At the end of the day, first place was awarded to Agda Bavi Pain of Slovakia, while Srđan Valjarević of Serbia and Palmi Rancev of Bulgaria took second and third place, respectively. Rudolf Jurolek of Slovakia received an Honorable Mention.

In Turkey, UniCredit Group joint venture partner Yapı Kredi Bank and its publishing house continue to provide strong support to young artists through exhibitions and special publications of monographs in a country where a magnificent historical heritage coexists with cutting-edge art and research.

The Yapı Kredi Kâzım Taşkent Art Gallery, an exhibition space in the heart of Istanbul, is hosting a cycle of exhibitions curated by René Block, called Istiklâl Adventure. Launched in 2007, the exhibition invites artists to create site-specific projects. To date, Hale Tenger, Füsun Onur, Gülsün Karamustafa, Ayse Erkmen, and Halil Altındere have participated in the project.

With the support of Vehbi Koç Foundation, Yapi Kredi produces monographic publications for each show in the series, in addition to engaging in its usual wide range of publishing activities in the field of art, ranging from catalogues to books on specific artists.

Following Elina Brotherus will be Cengiz Çekil, whose exhibition will be the seventh of the cycle. Necmi Sönmez, the author of the monograph dedicated to the artist, observes, "Despite his images, which form within the present tense, Çekil likes going in search of lost time. However, the experiences he can keep are more important for him than the search for lost time."

For this exhibition, the artist creates an installation that includes audio elements and leaves a variety of questions unanswered, for the viewers to consider independently.


(the picture : Cengiz Çekil, Cengiz Çekil, "What time is it?" (Detail), 2008, Installation, Mixed technique.
Photo: Sefa Çeliksap)


Buch Wien 2008


Yapi Kredi Bank