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UBS Art Award 2000 - Swiss finalists chosen

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The Swiss finalists for the UBS Art Award 2000 have now been selected and will be taking part in the final round of the competition in London together with other young artists from ten different countries. The entries from the young Swiss artists will be shown to the public on 19 September 2000 at the UBS Training Center in Basel.

On 18 September 2000, the Swiss jury for the UBS Art Award 2000 selected the three Swiss finalists. The Basel-born Swiss artist Abu Hageb Tarek, Martina Gmür from the Valais and Christine Streuli from Langenthal go forward to the finals in London. Tarek and Streuli attend the Basel school of Art and Design while Streuli studies at the school of Art and Design in Zurich.

The UBS Art Award 2000 is aimed at students majoring in painting from leading art colleges in ten countries which were invited to take part in the competition. Three finalists will be selected in national heats held in each country, and these artists will go on to take part in the final on 7 December at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. The overall winner of the Award will be selected by an international jury presided over by the director of the Tate Gallery in London, Sir Nicholas Serota, and will take home CHF 30,000 in prize money. One national winner per country will also receive CHF 10,000. The paintings submitted for the final will be exhibited in the Whitechapel Art Gallery between 7 and 23 December 2000.

The Swiss participants in the final in London were selected by the Swiss national jury consisting of five members. These are Esther Grether, a patron of contemporary art from Basel, Professor Reinhard Hohl, former director of the graphics collection of the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Professor Claude Ghez, administrator and animator of the Musée le Petit Palais in Geneva, Felix Baumann, former director of Zurich's Kunsthaus and Gian-Pietro Rossetti, Member of the Group Managing Board and Business Committee, UBS Private Banking.

The three national winners were chosen from a total of 19 entrants. Fourteen of these are students at the Basel school of Art and Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst beider Basel), while five are from the school of Art and Design in Zurich (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich). All three are young unknowns starting out on their careers as artists. Not only will the UBS Art Award 2000 enable them to present their work at the international level for the first time, they will also have the opportunity to make new contacts and absorb new ideas. The prize money being offered illustrates UBS's commitment to promoting and supporting contemporary art and culture.

Zurich/Basel, 18 September 2000