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"Hugo Boss Prize 2000 - Marjetica Potrec - Kagiso: Skeleton House Features Two Architectural Installations, Photographs, and Text"
2001-02-09 until 2001-04-29
Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY, USA

Kagiso: Skeleton House, an exhibition of the work of Slovenian artist Marjetica Potrc, the winner of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE 2000, will be presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 9 through April 29, 2001. The HUGO BOSS PRIZE, a biannual international award administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, was established in 1996 to recognize significant achievement in contemporary art. Potrc was selected from a group of seven short-listed artists by an international jury of curators and museum directors. With this first exhibition in a major American museum, Potrc's highly original and culturally relevant work will be brought to a much broader audience.

We are delighted to present the work of Marjetica Potrc as the winner of the HUGO BOSS PRIZE: 2000, said Thomas Krens, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Her textual and sculptural investigations into the notion of shelter and the contemporary city are particularly trenchant today.

Contemporary art today has many faces, said Werner Baldessarini Chairman and CEO, Hugo Boss AG. It isn't governed by conventional norms, and often creates compelling new trends and perspectives. We are extremely pleased to honor Marjetica Potrc, whose work embodies the spirit of exploration and ingenuity that this award seeks to recognize.

The exhibition has been organized by Susan Cross, Assistant Curator, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Potrc's work focuses on contemporary urban conditions, exploring both the regulated and organic results of the basic human need for shelter, said Cross. For the exhibition mounted in the Guggenheim's Tower 4 gallery, Potrc will install two architectural structures that illustrate the confluence of the planned and unplanned city. Skeleton House is based on a subsidized housing model in South Africa in which the floor, roof, and plumbing system is provided while the individual owner is responsible for creating the walls and interior spaces. In her installation, Cross notes, Potrc demonstrates how the spirit of the universal, colloquial building style of the shanty, or favela - or what she calls individual initiatives - has been recognized by regulatory bodies as a positive paradigm for viable and affordable housing solutions. She approaches the city as a living organism—vulnerable, yet vital in its constant reinvention of itself according to the necessities of everyday existence, noted Nancy Spector, Curator of Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum, and a juror for the HUGO BOSS PRIZE: 2000. Finding an energy and a certain poetry in the architecture of the disenfranchised, Potrc creates an anti-monumental art that rethinks the concepts of publicity and privacy. IMAGE:
Marjetica Potrc
East Wahdat: Upgrading Program, 1999.
Building material, dimensions variable;
installation view,
Museum Moderner Kunst
Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, 1999, 335.3 x 243.8 x 152.4 cm.
Collection of Allen Memorial Art Museum,
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.
Oberlin Friends of Art Fund and
Ruth Roush Fund for Contemporary Art, 2000.
Photo by Matija Pavlovec.

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