Deutsche Bank Artists of the Year 2021
Maxwell Alexandre Portrait. Photo by Victoria Proença. Courtesy © A. Gentil Carioca, Maxwell Alexandre.


MUDEC - Museo delle Culture
Via Tortona, 56, 20144 Milano MI


08 Sep 2022 - 23 Oct 2022



Deutsche Bank Artists of the Year 2021

MUDEC and Deutsche Bank present the exhibition dedicated to the winners of the 2021 “Artists of the Year” award, a prestigious international acknowledgement that the bank dedicates to contemporary art and which was assigned to three artists for the first time, on the occasion of its tenth anniversary: Maxwell Alexandre (Brazil), Conny Maier (Germany), and Zhang Xu Zhan (Taiwan).

With this collective exhibition the MUDEC opens up even further to the languages and themes of our contemporary age with a truly international artistic and cultural program.
The works by Brazilian artist Maxwell Alexandre, born in Rio de Janeiro in 1990 are focused on racism and police violence, but also on community and spirituality. Conny Maier, born in Berlin, combines a neo-expressive and comical style with a keen sense of colour and composition. In his animation films, sculptures, and video-installations, artist Zhang Xu Zhan, born in Taipei in 1988, created a fantastic cosmos peopled by mythical creatures, singing animals, plants and spirits of nature, and dominated by ancient rituals.