Telenor Culture Prize 2010

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The Telenor Culture Prize for 2010 is awarded to the acknowledged Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson.
Olafur Eliasson is awarded the prize of NOK 250,000 for his innovative artistic concepts and his ability to communicate globally. His art challenges and captivates whether it is located in intimate spaces or in open communal spaces.

Global format

"We congratulate Olafur Eliasson with the international Telenor Culture Prize for 2010. Olafur Eliasson is an innovative and groundbreaking visual artist of veritable international stature. We can therefore view his work in some of the world's most recognized institutions and greatest galleries such as Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In Norway we can admire Olafur Eliasson's decoration of the foyer in Norwegian National Opera and Ballet where the art is an integrated part of the architecture, and appears as a block of ice or a glacier ", says President and CEO of Telenor, Jon Fredrik Baksaas.

In its verdict the jury states among other things; "This year's prize winner can be described as a multi-artist. In his creative works he engages with a broad spectrum of visual expression - from painting and photography to installations that can dominate and transform small intimate spaces as well as intervene in sprawling urban cityscapes and wide open landscapes. His projects succeed. They command attention. Critics and the public alike respond and applaud. Having won local and global acclaim, it is not surprising that he has been invited to exhibit in some of the world's greatest galleries, including the Tate Modern in London."

"I am honored and pleased to receive this prize which shows that Telenor has great confidence in the potential of contemporary art", says Olafur Eliasson.

Awarded for the 15th time

The Telenor Culture Prize, "Boundless Communication", is part of the Telenor Culture Programme that was established in 1995 to underline the values of the company. On Monday the 27th of September 2010 the prize will be awarded for fifteenth time at the National Theatre in Oslo.

Previous award winners:

2009 - Liv Ullmann, actress and film director

2008 - Jonas Bendiksen, photographer

2007 - Marilyn Mazur, percussionist, ensemble leader and composer

2006 - The International Museum of Children's Art

2005 - Anne Marit Jacobsen, actress

2004 - Ingrid Lorentzen, dancer

2003* - the independent theatre company Verdensteatret

2001 - Ingvar Ambjørnsen, author

2000 - Juni Dahr, actress

1999 - Torun Lian, author and film director

1998 - Kari Bremnes, singer, musician and songwriter

1997 - Kjersti Alveberg, choreographer

1996 - Wenche Øyen, painter

1995 - Svein Tindberg, actor

* Between 2002 and 2003 Telenor changed the practice for dating. For press releases after 2002 the prize has been dated the same year as it was awarded. Earlier prizes were dated to the year prior to the award took place. Therefore there are no prizes dating from 2002.

The jury of 2010 was chaired by Kjersti Alveberg (choreographer) and further consisted of Robert Marc Friedman (historian and play writer), Lars Saabye Christensen (author), Thorbjørn Harr (actor), Shanti Brahmachari (Artistic Director, the Artxchange) and Kai Rosenberg (Telenor).

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The prize will be awarded at the National Theatre in Oslo Monday 27 Sept 2010 at 19:00 CET. For press admission, see contact below.

Photos from the award ceremony will be published on:

For more information on Olafur Eliasson: Olafur Eliasson Official Homepage, Wikipedia

For further information, please contact:

Ingunn B. Anstensrud, Communication Manager, Telenor Group,

Phone: +47 95 20 35 75, E-mail: