The Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany, has recognised Okwui Enwezor, artistic and managing director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, for his achievements and efforts to promote contemporary art by awarding him the €25,000 Folkwang prize. In a statement, Folkwang Museum Association chairman Ulrich Blank said Enwezor has tried to “raise a global awareness of art beyond the Euro-American canon.”
Major projects by the Nigerian Enwezor include curating the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, documenta11 in 2002, and the critical In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1996. Many of his exhibitions and projects since then have tackled and paid tribute to performance and visual art from Africa.
Enwezor will be formally awarded in a ceremony on 9 October. The Folkwang Museum Association has awarded the annual prize since 2010, and previous winners include Hans Ulrich Obrist, director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, awarded in 2015.