Winner of Bank Austria Artprize 2018

Veronika Suschnigs work series ‘Drugtales’ awarded with 1. Prize

The artprize of Bank Austria awards one artist every year, from a selected shortlist of 6 young artists, who were invited to work on a given topic. An exhibition titled VERWANDLUNG (transl. metamorphosis) was showing all six positions on the topic of metamorphosis at Galerie3 and a jury of art critics, journalists, curators and collectors selected Veronika Suschnig’s position as the winning one.

The award includes a prize trophy of € 5000, as well as exhibitions in 2018 and 2019 in Gallery Freihausgasse, gallery of the city of Villach in Austria.


Lisa Ortner-Kreil, Curator of Kunstforum Vienna and part of the jury, on this year’s decision:

Veronika Suschnig hat die Jury mit einer formal souveränen Ausführung sowie mit einem gesellschaftspolitisch hochbrisanten Thema überzeugt: Das Funktionieren und das Streben nach permanentem Gut-Drauf-Sein in der Leistungsgesellschaft, das letztlich die Fratze hinter dem schönen Schein doch nicht verbergen kann.

(c) Photography by Ferdinand Neumüller and Joachim Krenn, 2018