She is one of the most important contemporary artists. Turkish Gülsün Karamustafa receives award in Zurich.

Zurich (dpa) – One of the best endowed European art prizes this year goes to Turkish artist Gülsün Karamustafa. She will receive 150,000 francs (approximately 138,000 euros), as announced Wednesday in Zurich by the board of directors of the Roswitha Haftmann Foundation.

“The artist, whose work includes various genres such as painting, installation, video and performance, is one of Turkey’s most important artists,” the foundation said. “His work is inspired by the aesthetics of Byzantine icons and inverted glass painting, but breaks with the traditions of canon art.”

Karamustafa was born in Ankara in 1946. She lives and works in Istanbul. As early as the 1970s, she dealt with topics such as migration, feminism, gender and the acceptance of colonialism, as reported by the foundation. Renowned institutions such as the Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York or the Museum Ludwig in Cologne have acquired works from him.

Roswitha Haftmann (1924-1998) was notably a gallery owner in Zurich. In the 1960s, she temporarily lived in Berlin, where her then-husband Werner Haftmann was the founding director of the Neue Nationalgalerie. The prize will be awarded in Zurich on December 3