Controversy 11.04.24, 19:00 Entry: Free

The Grand Artfight Prize

Hall of Beef

Visual art is characterised by a culture of avoiding conflict. What is normal in other fields – think, for example, of the annual debates around the Bachmann Prize – is often unthinkable in the visual arts. Exhibition openings and artists talks may address a wide range of topics, but rarely do they openly tackle controversies or discuss the question of what constitutes good and bad art.

At The Grand Artfight Prize, three artists display their works. In an artistic and entirely ironic setting, a jury and the public are invited to assess the works. To be awarded are – what else? – prizes! With one difference: in this art show, all of the invited artists will receive a different award.

But which award? And to whom?


Rose-Anne Gush, Sabine Kienzer, Andreas Spiegl

Anahita Asadifar, Sofia Goscinski, Tomasz Vollmann

Marta Navaridas


Event: 11.4.2024, 7 pm
Exhibition: 12. – 13.4.2024, 2 – 6 pm

Markus Waitschacher and Robin Klengel

The Grand Artfight Prize

Jury and participants

The Grand Artfight Prize

The Grand Artfight Prize | 11/04/2024


Andreas Spiegl studied art history at the University of Vienna and teaches as a senior scientist at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he held the position of Vice Rector for Research and Teaching from 2003 to 2011 and was Head of the Institute for Art and Cultural Studies from 2015 to 2022. He has been Chairman of the Senate of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna since 2022. He has published numerous texts on contemporary art and media theory.

Sabine Kienzer lives in Vienna and is a trained radio journalist, curator and cultural manager. She holds a MAS in cultural management and a MAS in women's studies. She specialises in the visual arts with a particular focus on mediation. She edited the series donaudialogue for ORF, schau - art magazine for young people, and splace - art magazine of the University of Art and Design Linz. Her workshop series Assoziatives Verorten took place at the University of Kassel, the University of Applied Arts and is currently taking place at the University of Fine Arts. She moderates, gives opening speeches and writes articles for catalogues, exhibitions and art magazines. Since 2012, her exhibition series art&function has taken place at the Kunsthalle Munich, the Hofburg Vienna and the Leopold Museum, among others. She curated the interventa Hallstatt - a symposium on building culture for the Capital of Culture Bad Ischl 2024 together with architect Marie-Therese Harnoncourt and currently the exhibition art&function_performance at kunsthaus muerz.

Rose-Anne Gush is an art theorist, historian and pedagogue whose research focuses on contemporary art, its form, politics, economics, geographies and ecologies. She is currently an assistant professor at the Institute of Contemporary Art at Graz University of Technology. Her first monograph, Artistic Labour of the Body, is forthcoming with Brill and Haymarket. She writes regularly for various publications, most recently for Berlin Review, FKW, Brand-New-Life Magazine and Camera Austria, among others.


Anahita Asadifar (1993, Isfahan) lives and works as an artist and researcher in Vienna. Asadifar explores alternative ways of producing and disseminating knowledge by using montage-based methods to compile and reprocess fragmented public archival knowledge and/or audiovisual material. Asadifar's works are often an autofictional constellation of quotations and are intended as a tribute to those who have helped Asadifar to have her say. Asadifar's recent solo exhibitions include 'Did I stop doing what I would have done?' (2023, 20 20, Vienna) and 'A Knowledge Spectator's Rehearsal,' (2021, School, Vienna).

Sofia Goscinski studied in Vienna and Nice, is a multi-media artist focussing on sculpture. She lives and works in Vienna. Her works are represented in public collections at the Belvedere, Lentos Museum, Wien Museum, Federal Collection and in numerous private collections.

Tomasz Vollmann
Artist, performer and designer