MASI Lugano presents “and often means always”, a solo show by the artist Lucas Herzig (Zurich, 1988), winner of the Ticino edition of the 2022 Manor Art Prize Ticino 2022.
Herzig’s show presents a selection of new works including installations, compositions of found objects, video, drawings, sculptures and bas-reliefs – all realised for the occasion. Each exhibition room has been staged in detail by the artist. Herzig’s works play with our perception to encourage us to go beyond an immediate, surface reading, and reflect on the differences between appearance and reality, and the inevitably subjective nature of interpretation.
Lucas Herzig grew up in Ticino and now lives and works in Zürich. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva and a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art Practice from the Hochschule der Künste (HKB) in Bern. His works have been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Switzerland and abroad.
A commitment to the young Swiss art scene
The Manor Art Prize, which celebrates 40 years in 2022, is one of the most important prizes for the promotion of contemporary art in Switzerland. It was created in 1982 by Philippe Nordmann to provide a platform for young Swiss artists. It is awarded by a jury of experts annually and alternately in the cities of Aarau, Basel, Biel, Chur, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne (for central Switzerland), Lugano, Schaffhausen, Sion, St. Gallen and Winterthur. A glance at the list of prize winners shows that the Manor Art Prize has paved the way to an international breakthrough for a whole series of artists.