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Pipilotti Rist awarded Zurich Festival Prize 2013


Pipilotti Rist was born in 1962. She attended the Vienna University of Applied Arts from 1982 to 1986 before going on to specialise in Audiovisual Communication at Basel School of Design from 1986 to 1988. She began to experiment with super 8 film during her studies, using visual effects, varying film speeds and music. She has been creating large-scale audio-video installations and films since the early nineties. Sensuality, sexuality, gender and identity are the recurring themes of her artwork, in which audiences interact in various ways with the stage-like spaces she creates. Her exceptional ability to use spaces to create an evocative flow of multimedia images has earned her international recognition. She has successfully displayed her work at the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and in museums, exhibition centres and even churches throughout Europe. The Zurich Festival artistic committee presented the Festival Prize, established by the Baer-Kaelin Foundation, 2013  for the first time to an internationally acclaimed Swiss visual artist.


Zurich Festival Award Ceremony

The award ceremony took place on the 26th of June in the Museum Rietberg’s Summer Pavilion. Pipilotti Rist presented a Video-Installation specially created for the occasion as a projection on the Villa Wesendonck (Museum Rietberg).

The Zurich Festival Prize was awarded 2013 for the seventh time at the Zurich Festival. It acknowledges an artist’s outstanding contribution to the cultural life of Zurich city and canton. Prize money of CHF 50,000 is awarded by Zurich Festival’s Baer-Kaelin Fund to a winner chosen by the Zurich Festival artistic committee. 2013 the prize went to internationally acclaimed Swiss visual artist Pipilotti Rist.


Previous winners

2007: Heinz Holliger, 2008 Luc Bondy, 2009 Peter Stein, 2010 György Kurtág, 2011 Matti Salminen, 2012 Heinz Spoerli. Further information: www.zuercher-festspielpreis.ch.