The Maria Lassnig Foundation has awarded the fourth edition of the mid-career award to British artist Lubaina Himid. She will receive €50,000 and stage an exhibition at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, the collaboration institution for this year’s prize.
Lubaina Himid is an artist, curator and Emeritus Professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her career spans the 1980s to today, and in 2017 she became the first Black woman to win the Turner Prize. She is a Royal Academician and was honoured with a CBE for her contributions to the arts in 2018. She exhibited a solo show at Tate Modern in 2021, and her presentation at UCCA will be her first solo exhibition in Asia.
‘Lubaina Himid’s bold formal innovations and trenchant historical explorations have established her as one of the most important voices in global contemporary art. UCCA is honoured and thrilled to be able to present her work to audiences in China for the first time,” said UCCA director Philip Tinari.
The selecting jury consisted of Tinari, Maria Lassnig Foundation chair Peter Pakesch, Hans Ulrich Obrist (artistic director, Serpentine Galleries, London), Matthias Mühling (director, Lenbachhaus, Munich), Cao Fei (artist), Guo Xi (director of exhibitions, UCCA), and Patrick Rhine (director of research, UCCA).