Award for South African Culture
The Daimler Corporate Art Department has been involved in offering and
presenting, organizing and defining promotional prizes for contemporary
art and culture since the early 1990s, always co-operating with the
local Daimler companies in South Africa, Japan and the USA.
The Daimler Award
for South African Culture, established to give young people working
creatively in the field of culture their first international exposure,
is being awarded for the seventh time since its founding in 1999.
In 2000, the first award went to the Johannesburg artist Kay Hassan.
The jazz musician Themba Mkhize won the Daimler Award in 2001, and the
artist Jane Alexander was awarded it as the Daimler Award for South
African Sculpture in 2002. Jane Alexander's impressive sculptures and
photographs were presented in Berlin in Haus Huth, as were Kay Hassan's
large-format collages, videos and installations as well as Guy Tillim's
In 2003 the Daimler
Award went to the choreographer Sbo Ndaba, and the photographer Guy
Tillim won it in 2004, followed in 2005 by Gabeba Baderoon, who accepted
the Award for South African Poetry, linked with a reading in Berlin
and a publication.
All the prize winners
were invited to Germany, and were then involved in appearances or exhibitions
in various South African cities. A first large-scale publication or
CD is part of the prize.
The eight architects
or architecture practices and their major projects from the various
South African provinces nominated for the Daimler Award for South African
Contemporary Architecture - the Award was given to Heinrich Wolff -
have been presented in 2007 in Berlin as well as in Cape Town, Pretoria,
Durban and at the Architecture Biennale São Paulo.
The Award for 2009
will be dedicated to Fashion Design. For 2010, the year of the world
soccer game in South Africa, an extensive presentation with appr. 80
nominees celebrating '10 years Daimler Award South Africa' is planned.
more information about
the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Culture