Slides, merry-go-rounds, reindeer and mushrooms are part of German artist Carsten Höller’s astounding universe. Originally he was a scientist who specialised in insects, and in his works he experiments with us as if we were guinea pigs in his laboratory.
Carsten Höller has been awarded the ARKEN PRIZE 2013 for his ability to place common everyday objects and materials into new contexts which instantly transform them into something completely alien. We lose our firm, secure position and are forced to define ourselves in new ways. We become part of Carsten Höller’s artistic creation. It makes us wiser about the world and ourselves.
Read more about Carsten Höller here.
FACTS ABOUT THE ARKEN PRIZE
The ARKEN Prize is donated by Annie & Otto Johs. Detlefs’ Philanthropic Foundation. The Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist or artist group who has made an outstanding contribution to the international scene of contemporary art.
The Prize is awarded for an artistic effort whose stellar international level and global perspective contributes significantly to the development of a contemporary art that is experimental, innovative and stimulates debate. The ARKEN Prize is a personal honour and to be spent entirely as the recipient sees fit. The prize comprises DKK 100.000.
At the same time ARKEN is awarding two travel grants of 50.000 DKR each. Read more about Jesper Rasmussen and Thilo Frank here.