The world is changing more rapidly than ever before. A new global order poses unheard-of challenges to mankind. We can succeed only if we think different, in a new way, beyond the usual.

A great intellectual revolution is sweeping the globe. If it fails, mankind has little to hope for. However, we have some task forces that think and act different, in a new way, beyond the usual. They are pushing us forward. Alongside physicists, biologists, medical scientists and nanotechnologists, and often even ahead of them, contemporary artists are in the forefront.

Today, I believe one can see the most interesting and promising platoon of the artistic task force. They are the youngest among the best. Or the best among the youngest. They accept no limits set by "not allowed" or "impossible."
This is the principle of our prize: no limits but age.
Freedom. Equality. Creative support from the most renowned contemporary artists who are the patrons of the Prize.

This Prize is for those who do not separate art from their life. For those able and willing to create. With or without an art degree, recognized in academic circles or not, but with talent and ambition. Willing to dedicate their lives
to art.

I believe that our main prize will go to the best one. And that this Future Generation Art Prize will be only one of the first awards for a future great master, to be followed by many others.

I also believe that those not awarded a Prize today will not stop but will move on.

I believe none of them will leave us undisturbed and allow us to remain unchanged. Because that would mean to remain in the past.

Artists Profiles


A distinguished international jury determines the main prize and special prizes winners at their meeting in Kyiv during the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre. They award the prizes at a ceremony on the day of the meeting.
Daniel Birnbaum
Director of the Städelschule Art Academy, Frankfurt am Main; Director of the Venice Biennale 2009
Okwui Enwezor
Director of Documenta XI; Former Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute
Yuko Hasegawa
Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT); former Chief Curator of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Ivo Mesquita
Chief Curator at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo; Curator of the 2008 São Paolo Biennial
Eckhard Schneider
General Director of the PinchukArtCentre
Robert Storr
Dean of the Yale University School of Art; Director of the Venice Biennale 2007
Ai Weiwei


Seven outstanding experts, each one appointed by one of the jury members, will review every application and will nominate 20 artists for the short list.
Björn Geldhof
Artistic manager at the PinchukArtCentre
Jens Hoffmann
Director of the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco and co-curator of the 12th International Istanbul Biennial in 2011
Ranjit Hoskote
Cultural theorist and independent curator
Charles Merewether
Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art
Peter Pakesch
Intendant of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, Kunsthaus Graz
Kim West
Art-critic and translator. He is an editor of the magazines SITE and OEI, and teaches art theory at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design
Carla Zaccagnini
Artist, free-lance writer and independent curator

at PinchukArtCentre

Collateral event
at Venice Biennale