CANCELED! Kiesler Prize Award Ceremony 2021

Theaster Gates, Photography © Max McClure

12th Austrian Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts 2021
Official ceremony and award presentation to THEASTER GATES

November 19, 2021, 4 p.m.
University of Applied Arts Vienna Auditorium
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, 1030 Vienna

Award presentation by the Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science in Vienna Veronica Kaup-Hasler
Following the ceremony, Theaster Gates will give a “Kiesler-Lecture”

“By awarding the Kiesler Prize to Theaster Gates, the jury is acknowledging a concept artist who does not work inside the established architectural system or art world but who has found agency through his highly unusual and idiosyncratic practice. His artistic approach is characterized by transdisciplinarity, respect, inclusion, and participative processes. The most important objectives of his work are social change, spatial transformation, and empowerment. By imbuing this work with both an impressive aesthetic value and a social agenda, he has found a meaningful role for contemporary architecture. In this way, Theaster Gates connects Frederick Kiesler’s historic position with the urgent questions of our time.” (From the jury decision)


  • Welcome speech:
    Gerald Bast, President of the University of Applied Arts Vienna
    on behalf of the Board of Directors, Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation, Vienna
  • Laudation:
    Bettina Götz, ARTEC Architekten
    Head of the Jury
  • Award ceremony:
    Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs and Science, Vienna
  • Kiesler-Lecture: Theaster Gates

The 2G rules or the COVID measures valid at the time will apply (incl. FFP2 mask on site).

Participation only after registration until November 18, 2021 at:

Image credit: Photography © Max McClure

> See digital invitation
> See announcement by the University of Applied Arts
> See Kiesler Prize 2021

Supported by Sans Souci Vienna and Dorotheum