The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Sunday, August 31, 2014


Peter Zumthor of Switzerland Awarded the 2009 Pritzker Architecture Prize in Buenos Aires
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor (left) receives the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2009 from Thomas J. Pritzker (right), president of the Hyatt Foundation in Buenos Aires. EFE/Leo La Valle.
ABUENOS AIRES.- Peter Zumthor of Switzerland has been given the 2009 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. The formal ceremony for what has come to be known throughout the world as architecture’s highest honor was held on May 29 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A $100,000 grant and a bronze medallion was bestowed on the 65-year old architect.

Although most of his work is in Switzerland, he has designed projects in Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, England, Spain, Norway, Finland and the United States. His most famous work is in Vals, Switzerland — the Thermal Baths, which has been referred to by the press as “his masterpiece.” Most recently critics have praised his Field Chapel to Saint Nikolaus von der Flüe near Cologne, Germany. The jury singled out not only those buildings, but also the Kolumba Museum in Cologne, calling the latter “a startling contemporary work, but also one that is completely at ease with its many layers of history.”

In announcing the jury’s choice, Thomas J. Pritzker, chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, quoted from the jury citation, “Peter Zumthor is a master architect admired by his colleagues around the world for work that is focused, uncompromising and exceptionally determined.” And he added, “All of Peter Zumthor’s buildings have a strong, timeless presence. He has a rare talent of combining clear and rigorous thought with a truly poetic dimension, resulting in works that never cease to inspire.”

In Zumthor’s own words as expressed in his book, Thinking Architecture, “I believe that architecture today needs to reflect on the tasks and possibilities which are inherently its own. Architecture is not a vehicle or a symbol for things that do not belong to its essence. In a society that celebrates the inessential, architecture can put up a resistance, counteract the waste of forms and meanings, and speak its own language. I believe that the language of architecture is not a question of a specific style. Every building is built for a specific use in a specific place and for a specific society. My buildings try to answer the questions that emerge from these simple facts as precisely and critically as they can.”

Pritzker Prize jury chairman, The Lord Palumbo elaborated with more of the citation: “Zumthor has a keen ability to create places that are much more than a single building. His architecture expresses respect for the primacy of the site, the legacy of a local culture and the invaluable lessons of architectural history.” He continued, “In Zumthor’s skillful hands , like those of the consummate craftsman, materials from cedar shingles to sandblasted glass are used in a way that celebrates their own unique qualities, all in the service of an architecture of permanence.”

Zumthor, when notified that he had been named the 2009 laureate, responded, “Being awarded the Pritzker Prize is a wonderful recognition of the architectural work we have done in the last 20 years. That a body of work as small as ours is recognized in the professional world makes us feel proud and should give much hope to young professionals that if they strive for quality in their work it might become visible without any special promotion.”

The Zumthor choice marks the second time in three decades of the Pritzker Architecture Prize that Switzerland has provided the laureate. In 2001, Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were the honorees.

The purpose of the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to honor annually a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.

The distinguished jury that selected Zumthor as the 2009 Laureate consists of its chairman, Lord Palumbo, internationally known architectural patron of London, chairman of the trustees, Serpentine Gallery, former chairman of the Arts Council of Great Britain, former chairman of the Tate Gallery Foundation, and former trustee of the Mies van der Rohe Archive at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and alphabetically: Alejandro Aravena, architect and executive director of Elemental in Santiago, Chile; Shigeru Ban, architect and professor at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of the board, Vitra in Basel, Switzerland; Carlos Jimenez, professor, Rice University School of Architecture, principal, Carlos Jimenez Studio in Houston, Texas; Juhani Pallasmaa, architect, professor and author of Helsinki, Finland; Renzo Piano, architect and Pritzker Laureate, of Paris, France and Genoa, Italy; and Karen Stein, writer, editor and architectural consultant in New York. Martha Thorne, asssociate dean for external relations, IE School of Architecture, Madrid, Spain, is executive director.

“There have been two Pritzker Prize Laureates from South America, but we have never held the ceremony there,” explained Pritzker. “The first was Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil in 1988, and then another Brazilian in 2006, Paulo Mendes da Rocha. We held their ceremonies in Chicago and Istanbul respectively. The venues change every year, moving around the world focusing on historic and architecturally significant sites. We’ve held ceremoies in Asia, Europe and North America, including Mexico, so it is time to visit South America.”

The late Philip Johnson was the first Pritzker Laureate in 1979. The late Luis Barragán of Mexico was named in 1980. The late James Stirling of the United Kingdom was elected in 1981, Kevin Roche in 1982, Ieoh Ming Pei in 1983, and Richard Meier in 1984. Hans Hollein of Austria was the 1985 Laureate. Gottfried Böhm of Germany received the prize in 1986. The late Kenzo Tange was the first Japanese architect to receive the prize in 1987; Fumihiko Maki was the second from Japan in 1993; and Tadao Ando the third in 1995. Robert Venturi received the honor in 1991, and Alvaro Siza of Portugal in 1992. Christian de Portzamparc of France was elected Pritzker Laureate in 1994. The late Gordon Bunshaft of the United States and Oscar Niemeyer of Brazil, were named in 1988. Frank Gehry of the United States was the recipient in 1989, the late Aldo Rossi of Italy in 1990. In 1996, Rafael Moneo of Spain was the Laureate; in 1997 the late Sverre Fehn of Norway; in 1998 Renzo Piano of Italy, in 1999 Sir Norman Foster of the UK, and in 2000, Rem Koolhaas of the Netherlands. In 2001, two architects from Switzerland received the honor: Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron. Australian Glenn Murcutt received the prize in 2002. The late Jørn Utzon of Denmark was honored in 2003; Zaha Hadid of the UK in 2004; and Thom Mayne of the United States in 2005. Paulo Mendes da Rocha of Brazil was the Laureate in 2006, and Richard Rogers received the prize in 2007. Jean Nouvel of France was the Laureate last year. The field of architecture was chosen by the Pritzker family because of their keen interest in building due to their involvement with developing the Hyatt Hotels around the world; also because architecture was a creative endeavor not included in the Nobel Prizes. The procedures were modeled after the Nobels, with the final selection being made by the international jury with all deliberations and voting in secret. Nominations are continuous from year to year with hundreds of nominees from countries all around the world being considered each year.



Last Week News

May 29, 2009

Christie's New York Latin American Art Evening Sale Realizes $11 Million Tonight

From Raphael to Carracci: The Art of Papal Rome Opens at the National Gallery of Canada

Van Gogh Museum Acquires Painting by Pierre Bonnard

Sotheby's Spring 2009 Latin American Art Sale Totals $9,422,625

Quadricentennial Celebration of the Hudson River Valley at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

PHotoEspaña 2009: Exhibit Hall Channel of Isabel II Presents Sergey Bratkov (Glory Days)

ICE Recovers Egyptian Artifacts Stolen From a Museum in the Netherlands

Fuller Craft Museum Names Wyona Lynch-McWhite Exective Director

Colorado River Photographs By Karen Halverson Explored in New Exhibition Space

Focus on Color: The Photography of Jeannette Klute at The Bruce Museum

Dallas Museum of Art Appoints Jeffrey Grove as New Curator of Contemporary Art

Panel Discussion with Museum Reach Artists Commissioned by San Antonio River Foundation

Haughtons' Legendary 'International Fair' Celebrates 21 Spectacular Years in New York

Le Ciel Regarde la Terre - Artist: Philippe Pastor

Glass Stress - Collateral Event of the 53rd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia

Kunsthaus Baselland Presents Javier Téllez, Michael Bauer and Hagar Schmidhalter

Smart Light Sydney On View At Customs House

San Francisco Art Institute Presents Sanctuary City/Ciudad Santuario

Contemporary Craft Market Flourishes at Collect 2009

May 28, 2009

Madonna and Guy Ritchie Nude Painting Made by Peter Howson Up for Auction at McTear's

Manchester Museum Announces Ansuman Biswas as the Manchester Hermit

Sotheby's Evening Sale of Latin American Art Totals $6.7 Million

Berlinische Galerie Opens Two Exhibitions, One by Klaus Staeck, the other by John Heartfield

Derrick R. Cartwright Named Next Director of the Seattle Art Museum

Edinburgh Art Festival Unveils 2009 Exhibitions Programme

IVAM Opens Confines/Valencia 09: Passages of Contemporary Arts

PHotoEspaña 2009: Mabel Palacín Dilutes the Border Between Reality and Fiction

Sotheby's to Sell the Philippe Guimiot & Domitilla de Grunne Tribal Art Collection

Kunstmuseum Bonn Opens Raimund Kummer: For Your Eyes Only

British Museum Celebrates India with Exhibition and Season Dedicated to Indian Culture

Frye Art Museum Announces Second Round of Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Cuts

Call for Submissions for Singapore Art Show 2009

Imperial War Museum to Open Exhibition Which will Explore the Build-up to and Preparations for War

Richard Schmid Makes Premier Appearance in NYC at Salmagundi Club

American Institute of Conservation Honors the Getty Conservation Institute with its Highest Organizational Award

Archaeologists Excavate Ancient Maya River Port in Southeast Mexico

Artist Easton Selby to Open Root Work in Cheekwood's Temporary Contemporary Gallery

Bust of Argentine Independence Hero Unveiled in Vienna

May 27, 2009

Reina Sofia Museum Rearranges its Collection and Shows it in a Different Way

The Hergé Museum: Cartoon Character Tintin Gets a Museum

Centre Pompidou Dedicates Exhibition to Women: elles@centrepompidou

Talking Art Louvre Abu Dhabi Features the Museum's First Acquisitions

Rodolphe Tessier to Auction a 700-lot Ensemble of Objects Owned by Mime Marcel Marceau

Musée National de la Renaissance Opens Exhibition Exploring Body Care and Cosmetics

Important 20th Century Design at Sotheby's June 12, 2009 in New York

PHotoEspaña 2009: Museu Berardo Opens Exhibition by Photographer Cristóbal Hara

The Founders and The Cutting Edge of South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art at Christie's in June

Abu Dhabi Celebrates the Beginning of Construction for the Louvre Abu Dhabi

Braco Dimitrijevic's Future Post History to be Shown at Ca' Pesaro and Ca' Farsetti as Part of Venice Biennale

Beloved Daughters: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh Opens June 27 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Lakefront Festival of Arts Is Back, Better Than Ever

Recent Major Acquisitions of British Contemporary Art will go on Display in the BP Exhibition Classified at Tate Britain

Elizabeth Osborne: The Color of Light Opens in June at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Mexican Artist Marco Antonio Cruz Wins $50,000 Grange Prize

Park Life: Event Exploring Liverpool's Parks for the People

Royal Institute of British Architects Unveils Manifesto for European Parliament Elections

The American Institute of Architects Select Recipients of the Fourth Annual Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship

Mexico's First Swine-flu Patient Immortalized in Bronze

May 26, 2009

Prado Opens Most Important Retrospective Ever Devoted to the Work of Joaquín Sorolla

Maya Pyramids at Uxmal Glow in the Mexican Night with New Light and Sound System

IMMA Director Curates Spanish Pavilion by Miquel Barceló for the 53rd Venice Biennale

A Bone Seal Engraved with the Name Shaul, from the Time of the First Temple, was Found in Jerusalem

First Individual Exhibition in Spain on the Work of Artist Paul Sietsema

Athens Print Fest to Open with Several Exhibitions Around the City

New Galleries for the Gilbert Collection to Open at the V&A

IVAM Celebrates the Centenary of the Birth of Rafael Pérez-Contel with Exhibition

Seventeen Artists from Around the World to Show their Works at Arsenale Novissimo

Frieze Art Fair 2009 will Present Outstanding Work by More 1,000 Artists

Bellevue Arts Museum to Present a Fresh Perspective on Contemporary Portraiture

'Spirit Red' Captures Adventure of Collecting Native Art

Fourteen Places to Eat: a Narrative: Photographing Rural Culture in the Midwest to Open at the Snite Museum

Artists Creating a Sculpture and Related Jewelry for Display at 40 Venues County Wide

Museum of London Appeals to Public to Help Find Historic Agreement

Paul Strand Exhibition Featuring Vintage Work and Ephemera Opens at Aperture Gallery

Retrospective of Works by Sophie Calle to Open at Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels

Armenian Transnation: Krossing Colateral Event for the 53rd International Art Exhibition in Venice

Accident Prone Artist Admitted to 8 Different Hospital Accident & Emergency Wards

May 25, 2009

Granet Museum Opens Exhibition Focusing on Subtle Links Between Picasso and Cézanne

NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft Shows U.F.O.: Blurring the Boundaries Between Art and Design

This Summer Tate Liverpool Invites Families to Experiment with Colour in the Colour Lab

Cécile Whiting Is Awarded the 21st Annual Eldredge Prize for Her Book on Pop Art in Los Angeles

It's the Summer of Change at the Art Gallery of Ontario with Two New Exhibitions

Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov at Moscow Museum of Modern Art

80 Major Contemporary Works from Dallas Collections Juxtaposed in Intimate Groupings

Major Survey Exhibition of Works by Guy Ben-Ner Opens at MASS MoCA

Il Catalogo Gallery to Open Peter Ruta: Positano and Other Italian Paintings

Park West Gallery Launches Dali, Rembrandt, and Picasso Websites

Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide to Screen at The Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

An Ancient Jar Handle Bearing the Hebrew Name Menachem was Uncovered in Ras el-'Amud

Summer Exhibition at Cape Ann Museum - View from the Terrace: The Paintings of Charles Hopkinson

National Museum of American History's New Exhibition Goes "On the Water"

Flesh-eating Creepy Crawlies Seen Live on Royal Ontario Museum Web Cam

UFO Artwork Draws Thousands to Rio's Beaches

J. Paul Getty Museum Engages Students in Photography with Community Photoworks

Varied Volunteer Opportunities at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Walker Art Center Presents Fake It, For Real: Media Workshop with Tectonic Industries

George Always: Portraits of George Melly by Maggi Hambling to Open at the National Portrait Gallery

May 24, 2009

435 Works of Art Comprise "Teotihuacan: City of Gods" Exhibition Opening This Week

MASS MoCA Opens Long Time Gone by Brooklyn-based Painter George Cochrane

MOCA Announces Balanced Budget for FY09 and Additional Restructuring to Achieve Balanced Budget

Columbia Museum of Art to Unveil Freshly Designed Galleries and Newly Published Catalogue

31st Annual Betty Bowen Award Call for Artist Entries

17th Annual High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Nets $1.3 Million

California African American Museum Erases Distinction Between Fine Arts and Crafts

Museum to Present a Major Collection of American and European Modernism

Exhibition of Influential Irish Artist Willie Doherty To Debut at The Dallas Museum of Art

Do You Want to Go to the Museum? - Come in Right Now!

Public Sculpture, "Aspiration", by Artist Bob Dombrowski, Installed in Trenton, Georgia

12th Annual "Community Creations" Exhibition Features Work by Young People

John Jones Project Space Brings Together Works on Paper from Three Renowned London Based Art Collections

A Bold New Vision of Design to be Unveiled at the Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of John and Yoko's Bed-in

Cantor Arts Center Announces Exhibition that Presents Art of Stanford Studio Faculty

UBS Art Gallery Celebrates 120th Anniversary of the National Association of Women Artists with Exhibition

Katonah Art Center to Hold 12th Annual Student Exhibit

Unsurpassed Creativity & Stunning Artistry Anticipated at Academy of Art University 2009 Annual Spring Show

Phillips de Pury & Company New York Design Sale to Offer Highly Select Works

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site