The "Young Art Prize" was created in Nyon in 1996. In 2004, it was renamed the "La Mobilière Prize". Since then, it has been awarded annually to a young Swiss artist. The "La Mobilière Prize" for emerging Swiss artists is therefore the oldest art prize awarded by a Swiss insurance company. In addition to a cash award of 15,000 francs, the Prize package also includes the purchase of a work by the winners.
When awarding the "La Mobilière Prize", the insurance company gives priority to young creative artists whose works address key societal issues and thus make a decisive contribution to a better understanding of the times in which we live. That is why the strategy adopted for awarding the Prize involves the consultation of highly diversified networks through which we remain in contact with quite distinct groups of participants. Every year, seven personalities from the world of creative art are invited to nominate young artists as candidates for the "La Mobilière Prize". A prestigious jury then selects the award winner among these nominees. For the first time, the nominated artists have been presented to a wider audience in the context of a major art show at the artgenève salon. The exhibition is documented in an accompanying publication.
The "La Mobilière Prize" 2016 has been awarded to both Vittorio Brodmann and Mathis Altmann, for the whole set of their artworks.
The "La Mobilière Prize" 2015 has been awarded to Raphael Hefti.
2015 Nomination committee:
Alexandra Blättler, curator, Zurich/Bonn
Giovanni Carmine, director of Kunst Halle Saint-Gall
Mario Casanova, director of MACT/CACT, Bellinzona
Peter Fischer, director of Centre Paul Klee, Berne
Fredi Fischli, curator, Zurich
Chus Martinez, director of the Institut des arts du Collège d’Art et de Design, FHNW, Basel
Christina Végh, director of Kestnergesellschaft, Hanovre
Daniel Baumann, artist, Berthoud
Bice Curiger, director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles
Eva Linhart, curator at Musée des Arts appliqués, Francfort
Dorothea Strauss, jury president, head of Corporate Social Responsibility at La Mobilière
Patrick Tharin, head of Publicité Prévoyance la La Mobilière
Christoph Vögele, director of the Musée des Beaux-arts, Soleure
Bruno Zürcher, policyholder, La Mobilière