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Sweden's Carnegie Art Award cancels touring exhibition

Sponsoring bank cites restructuring as reason for budget cuts

The 2014 Carnegie Art Award winner: Dag Erik Elgin, Balance of Painters, 2011/12. Photo: Øystein Thorvaldsen

The touring exhibition of the Swedish-based Carnegie Art Award, one of the largest prizes in art, has been cancelled. The biannual award, for Nordic artists, with a top prize of Skr1m ($151,000), was due to send a winners’ show to Copenhagen, Oslo, Reykavik and Helsinki. However the exhibition will now be confined to Stockholm, at the Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts, where it closes on 8 December.

Speaking to the Norwegian art-news website Kunstkritikk, a spokesman for Carnegie Investment Bank cited a reduced budget following restructuring at the bank as the reason for the cancelled tour. “One always has to make priorities [and] we decided this time not to go [ahead with] the touring of the exhibition”, the spokesman said, however he would make no further comment about the award’s financial situation.

This year’s top prize went to the Norwegian artist Dag Erik Elgin. The third prize went to the Danish collective A Kassen, who will now have an exhibition at Den Frie in Copenhagen, in January and February, to replace the cancelled Carnegie show.

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