Announcing: Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2024


Save the date for the 2024 Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory and its accompanying programme, which will take place on 29 November 2024 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The Igor Zabel Award acknowledges the exceptional achievements of curators, art historians, theorists, writers, and critics in the field of visual art and culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. 

Named in honour of the distinguished Slovenian curator and art historian Igor Zabel (1958–2005), the award, an initiative of the ERSTE Foundation (Vienna), has been conferred biennially since 2008 in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana).

This year, the award programme takes its inspiration from the Igor Zabel’s supportive, care-full, and cooperative way of working in the field of art and culture.

Previous award recipients:

• 2022, Bojana Pejić, art historian, art writer, and curator, based in Berlin
• 2020, Zdenka Badovinac, curator and then director of Ljubljana's Moderna galerija
• 2018, Joanna Mytkowska, curator and director of MoMA in Warsaw
• 2016, Viktor Misiano, Russian curator, art writer, and editor
• 2014, Ekaterina Degot, Russian curator and art writer, currently artistic director of the steirischer herbst festival in Graz
• 2012, Suzana Milevska, curator and art writer, based in Skopje
• 2010, Piotr Piotrowski (1952–2015), Polish art historian 
• 2008, What, How & for Whom (WHW), Croatian curatorial collective

Watch the recap of the Igor Zabel Award 2022 programme here.

Find out more about the Igor Zabel Award here.