The Baloise Group has been awarding its art prize to young artists every year since 1999. The group moreover purchases workgroups by the prize recipients and gives these artworks to two major European museums.
The 16th Baloise Art Prize went to John Skoog (b. 1985). Skoog’s Reduit (Redoubt) of 2014 will enter the collection of the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst. The film will be on view at the MMK 1 in a new installation, and accompanied by other works. Reduit (Redoubt) revolves (in the truest sense of the word) around a relic of the Cold War era in Sweden. The film’s main protagonist is a “bunker” built by a private individual near a small town in Sweden to protect the population. Skoog enhances the filmic material with a collage of voices recalling the collective memories of the neighbours.