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2015.12.16 Wed, by
Maria Taniguchi wins The HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2015

[press release]

(SHANGHAI – November 26, 2015) Larys Frogier, Director of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), and Marc Le Mat, Managing Director of HUGO BOSS CHINA RETAIL CO. LTD, announced today that Maria Taniguchi has been awarded the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award for Emerging Asian Artists 2015. Maria Taniguchi (b. 1981, Philippines) was selected from six nominated artists: Guan Xiao (Mainland China), Huang Po-Chih (Taiwan), Moe Satt (Myanmar), Vandy Rattana (Cambodia), and Yang Xinguang (Mainland China), whose works are displayed at RAM from October 30, 2015 to January 3, 2016.

Larys Frogier, Chair of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART jury, said: “With the precious contribution of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART 2015 jury members, we are extremely proud to award the female artist Maria Taniguchi from Manila, Philippines. Her very singular, humble, but extremely focused practice of painting and video enriched the realm of media and raised a unique sensitivity of making the picture with infinite possibilities of meaning.”

“We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Maria Taniguchi, and express our gratitude to the jury as well as the Rockbund Art Museum for their dedication and cooperation in this project,” stated Dr. Hjördis Kettenbach, Head of Cultural Affairs at HUGO BOSS. “The award is an important part of our arts program and we are thankful to see how it is giving emerging artists a platform for their work.”

The Winning Artist

Maria Taniguchi was born in 1981 in Dumaguete, Philippines. She lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Throughout her paintings, sculptures, and videos, her work involves a determination for form. Maria Taniguchi’s voluminous brick paintings employ rigorous composition and monochromic techniques, with a dense investment of time and labour which is transformed into a visual spectacle. Her sculptures establish a tangible system in space, as well as an order and logic of viewing and participation. The manipulation of the camera and the status and movement of the objects in her video works also brings about consistent rhythms and patterns. With such logics and patterns, Maria Taniguchi unpacks knowledge and experience — connecting material culture, technology, and natural evolution — and investigates space and time, along with social and historical contexts. The artist finds herself in the exhausted socio-political situation and economic structure amid the reality of the Philippines, and projects this constant experience onto her works.

“Her never ending development of brick paintings engages subtle dialogues and blurs the frontiers with sculpture, architecture, installation, offering the spectators a powerful experience of the physical, the geo- political and the mental limitations/extensions of the inside-out space/time representations. Her detailed video compositions of objects, architectonic elements, and color spectrums turn out the repetition and the familiar into a full practice of difference and strangeness. Maria Taniguchi solidly positions her work, without any compromise, into the context of Asia and international contemporary art. ”commented Larys Frogier.

Whether with the brick paintings or with the moving images of plain and common objects, Maria Taniguchi enforces the action of viewing upon one’s senses. During this process, the objects are reassembled conceptually, following the logic that is either established visually by the artist, or spontaneously formulated in the mind of the spectators. The consequence is the reinterpretation of the objects, and the attainment of sensorial and cognitive experiences.


As part of the HUGO BOSS arts program, the biannual Award is conceived and curated by the Rockbund Art Museum. It carries a stipend of ¥300,000 and aims to honour emerging contemporary Asian artists who are in the early stages of their artistic creation and exhibition practices. As a defining component of each edition, an appointed jury, which comprises a strong mix of independent and institutional members who have a deep knowledge of artists and projects in Asia, is in charge of nominating and selecting the shortlisted artists and the final winner.

In relation to the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award 2015, the Rockbund Art Museum and Sternberg Press have published an exquisite catalogue which features projects by each of the six nominated artists as well as specially commissioned essays, offering insights into their practices. The catalogue, designed by Shanghai-based designer Wang Jiayi, includes essays by Nav Haq, Gong Jow-Jiun, Tang Fu Kuen, Joselina Cruz, Pamela Nguyen Corey, and Bao Dong, with introductions by Larys Frogier and Li Qi. The catalogue is available at the Rockbund Art Museum.

HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Education and Research Program
Envisioned as an integral part of the HUGO BOSS ASIA ART Award, the 2015 edition of Home City Conversation also presents rich education programs for the local and international publics. Consisting of the two parts ‘In-Between Borders’ and ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Asia’, the program continues to look into the Asian region from diverse approaches, disciplines and subjects through leading thinkers and practitioners, with a special focus on the challenges in and between Greater China and Southeast Asia in contemporary art. The program activities are taking place between September and December 2015 at RAM and in the home cities of the six nominated artists.

Larys Frogier

HBAA Maria(1)

HBAA Maria Installation(1)