Under the name Forwards 08 the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection is linking together three international awards for contemporary art. Along with the German-Japanese exchange program Art Scope and the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture, this year’s event in Haus Huth in Berlin also sees the presentation of the Emerging Artist Award given in conjunction with Daimler Financial Services. Forwards 08 comprises some 30 works—including drawings, sculptures, objects, videos and installations, as well as projects for public spaces—by seven artists from Germany, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
Forwards 08 brings Mercedes-Benz AG’s international and sustained promotion of young artists together for the first time in one exhibition: Daimler Japan launched the Art Scope Award in the early 1990s. A quick glance at the list of award winners to date shows that it was made to talented young artists who have gone on to represent key aspects of contemporary art in Japan. The Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture was initiated in 1999. This award, given each year since in a different specialist area such as painting, sculpture, dance, poetry, music, photography and choreography, is recognized as the most significant cultural award in South Africa. The Emerging Artist Award is also part of a global network working to foster and promote contemporary art and culture. It was created by Daimler Financial Services and the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2005 to honor a particularly innovative work by a graduate of this leading school of art.
Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture: Kevin Brand (ZA) (prize winner 2007), Samson Mudzunga (ZA) (nominee 2007)
Emerging Artist Award: Annica Cuppetelli (USA) (prize winner 2008)
Art Scope Japan: Izumi Kato (J), Yuken Teruya (J), Eva Teppe (D), Ascan Pinckernelle (D) (all: prize winners 2007)