International curator competition

2014: Berlin-Budapest


Amadeus Art Foundation as the largest private foundation for contemporary art in the country has been sponsored by the Swiss Bank Vontobel AG for years. This year the Vontobel AG invited the Foundation to create a permanent, art supporting independent program. As a result, in 2014 the Amadeus Art Foundation launches the Vontobel- Amadeus Arts Prize.

The Vontobel-Amadeus Art Prize aims to promote contemporary Hungarian art, to expand its international relations and to support especially important fields of art. To this end, similarly to our work so far, after careful consideration and cooperating with the significant organizations of the Hungarian scene we will fill the Prize with a new concept every year, which thus can become a flexible and dynamic intellectual product that includes several people and field of art, following the national and international trends.

In this first year we start our program by linking artists and curators who move between Berlin and Budapest, which concept was made in cooperation with the professional partner of the Young Curators Program, the cARTc Non-profit Cultural Association. Within the framework of the project we create a special curator’s competition, encouraging the flow of cultural exchanges between the two cities. 

Given that the city of Berlin is the guest city of this year’s Art Market Budapest contemporary art fair, this is an excellent opportunity to organize the winning exhibition related to the year’s artistic concept and to award the Prize.

The contents of the application, the location and the circle of the applicants:

We welcome exhibition proposals from Hungarian or German from curators / curator groups. Those entries have an advantage where Hungarian and German artists together provide a curatorial exhibition concept.

Applications are open to all Hungarian and German curators and art professionals under the age of 40. At the end of the application period a winner concept is selected, which will be implemented at the time (9-12 October 2014.) and venue (Millennium) of the Art Market Budapest contemporary art fair on a 20 m2 stand. The winners will receive their prize at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, in front of a large audience from the representatives of Bank Vontobel.


In the application materials  the emphasis should be on the concept of the exhibition,  its theoretical and practical approaches, the implementation of the exhibition and problem solving involved in the planning process (time – project planning, thinking in terms of an exhibition space, presentation of the work processes).

The concept can be an individual or a group exhibition. When elaborating the exhibition projects feasibility aspects (installation options, transportability etc.) must be taken into account. To apply please visit www.cartc.hu or www.amadeusalapitvany.hu and fill the application form.

Method of application:

Applications must be submitted until the deadline, applications arriving after will not be accepted. The application materials will be evaluated by a professional jury.

The jury:

Fruzsina Kígyós (cARTc) Attila Ledényi  (Art Market Budapest), Nicole F.Loeser (WHITECONCEPTS galleria), Zsuzsanna Varga (Amadeus Foundation)

Deadline of application:

1 September 2014

Announcement of results:

The winner applicants will be notified by e-mail until 8 September.


For the realization of the concept the winner has one month in collaboration with the two professional organizations.

Formal requirements:

Valid applications are submitted by filling the application form on www.cartc.huor www.amadeusalapitvany.hu and by sending the necessary documents attached to an e-mail. The application materials are welcome in Hungarian or in English. The application materials should be in PDF format (compiled into one PDF document), and must include:

1. CV

2. concept (up to 3500 characters)

3. photos of the works of art

4. detailed budget

5. timing of the implementation

Applications are welcome electronically to the following address: palyazat@cartc.hu

Prize: € 1000

The winner applicant’s costs related to the realisation of the exhibition (transportation of the artworks, installation and accommodation) will be covered separately.

For more information write to kigyosfruzsi@cartc.hu and varga@amadeusalapitvany.hu

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