The Essl Art Award has been awarded by the Essl Collection as a bi-annual award from 2005 to 2015. Since 2007 it was powered by the main shareholder of VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP.

“It was our desire to give young artists from Central and South-Eastern Europe the opportunity to be part of an international art context. This inspired us to endow the ESSL ART AWARD” Prof. Agnes and Karlheinz Essl
In 2005 the collector couple Prof. Agnes and Karlheinz Essl launched the ESSL ART AWARD CEE, which by now has established as a sustainable and well-known project for the promotion of young art students from Central- and South-Eastern Europe.

Conferred every two years the ESSL ART AWARD CEE is dedicated to the discovery and support of young artistic talents from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Its main goal was to offer a broad and multi-layered insight into the recent young art scene of this region and to give the artists the opportunity to present their works in an international museal context.
Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey

Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Video, Mixed Media, Installation