The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation announced on November 1 that Danh Võ—a Conceptual artist who fled his native Vietnam with his family in 1979 and settled in Denmark when he was four years old—has been awarded the 2012 Hugo Boss Prize, which is presented every two years for significant achievement in contemporary art.
“In his objects, installations, photographs, and works on paper, ” a contemporary art magazine said, “Danh Võ combines personal experiences from his childhood in Vietnam with the story of his family, their flight to Europe, and questions of colonialism, migration, and cultural identity. “
Vo’s work has been shown in several prominent exhibitions, including shows at the New Museum in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago.
“This year’s list was particularly strong, so it was a difficult choice, ” said Nancy Spector, deputy director and chief curator of the Guggenheim. “It was a combination of his transnational sensibility and the subtlety and sophistication with which he works that people were moved by.”
In addition to a $100, 000 prize, Võ’s work will be exhibited at the famed Guggenheim Museum in New York early in 2013.