Maxwell Alexandre, one of the four finalists of PIPA 2020, was nominated as one of the “Artists of the Year 2020” by the Deutsche Bank alongside Conny Maier (Germany) and Zhang Xu Zhan (Taiwan). For the first time, Deutsche Bank has selected three emerging artists simultaneously as Artists of the Year for 2020. In the tenth year of the award, they will be honored on the recommendation of the bank’s Global Art Advisory Council, a step to international recognition in the art scene.
Deutsche Bank gives this prize to up-and-coming artists who work primarily with paper or photography; this is also the focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Instead of granting a cash prize, Deutsche Bank supports its Artists of the Year by helping to make them better known to the general public—by purchasing their works for the Deutsche Bank Collection, through a comprehensive catalog, and by means of their own exhibition. The group exhibition “Artists of the Year 2020” will be on view in the bank’s PalaisPopulaire in Berlin starting on September 15, 2021.
For Victoria Noorthhoom, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires: “All three artists are absolutely independent and unique, yet they all reflect on elementary, global issues: community, spirituality, and our relationship to nature. It is through creativity that humanity is able to have a voice and imagine a path for freedom and equality of rights”. In addition to Noorthoorn, the choice of artists was made in conjunction with the curators Hou Hanru and Udo Kittelmann, Deutsche Bank advisors on this award.