Art is existing in a continuous paradox. The economy around it wants it to function economically; that is, in optimally clearly formatted and manageable ways. Its original drive is opposite to that; art finds its source and vitality in complexity, intensity and high specificity. That is why I have high hopes for an initiative like the Multitude Art Prize, which wants to focus and create a setting in which art is presented on a trajectory that is essentially a quest for meaning."
Bart De Baere, Directeur, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (M HKA)

The Route Ahead

The first edition of the Multitude Art Prize takes place in China, one of the most visible and dynamic contemporary art scenes in Asia. For its second year, the region in which we are actively exploring institutional collaborations is West Asia.

After several editions of the Multitude Art Prize, in which five artists win each year, there shall be a substantial number of important artists, artwork and discussions that institutions outside of Asia can use to mount interesting shows. We hope to establish collaborative projects with prominent institutions outside of Asia who are interested in showing the most interesting Asian contemporary art to their audiences.