The shortlist of the Leopold Bloom Art Award. Six artists are in competition for the Award in 2019.

More than forty applications have been submitted for the Leopold Bloom Art Award, aimed at supporting visual artists working in Hungary. We are now pleased to announce the six artists who have made it to the second round: Zsolt Asztalos, Sári Ember, Krisztina Erdei, Áron Kútvölgyi-Szabó, Zsolt Molnár and Kata Tranker. The winner of the ten thousand Euro biennial prize, established in 2011, will be announced in June at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, where the finalists’ work will also be on display. Unlike other prizes in the visual arts, the goal of the Leopold Bloom award is to promote the international engagement of Hungarian artists. This year, the organizers have invited Paul O’Neill from Finnland, Noor Mertens from Germany and Gabriela Kotikova from Czech Republic to form the jury. The distinguished three-member panel will come to Budapest in June to familiarize themselves with the artists and the Hungarian visual arts scene more generally through a series of studio visits and personal meetings. Applicants had to submit an invitation from a foreign gallery as part of the application process, and the winner will be able to use the prize money to mount their exhibition.