Mentors and protégés in Visual Arts

Through the years

Olafur Eliasson & Sammy Baloji

2014-2015

Olafur Eliasson & Sammy Baloji

For photographer Sammy Baloji, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the experience of working with Olafur Elliasson promises to open his eyes to other forms of artistic expression. “I am already inspired simply by seeing his studio,” he says.

William Kentridge & Mateo López

2012-2013

William Kentridge & Mateo López

William Kentridge opened his studio to Mateo López and encouraged him to expand his concept of what it is to be an artist, pushing him past his comfort zone. To his surprise, López enjoyed the experience and has embraced a more spontaneous approach to his art.

Anish Kapoor & Nicholas Hlobo

2010-2011

Anish Kapoor & Nicholas Hlobo

Nicholas Hlobo’s work is intimate and provocative. The creations of his mentor are gigantic and enigmatic. These two unique artists enjoyed a lively dialogue, each intrigued and eager to learn about the other’s style.

Rebecca Horn & Masanori Handa

2008-2009

Rebecca Horn & Masanori Handa

Both mentor and protégé revel in the art of turning experience inside out. In their mentoring year, each artist found their way back to where they began, in some way.

John Baldessari & Alejandro Cesarco

2006-2007

John Baldessari & Alejandro Cesarco

Alejandro Cesarco and John Baldessari see images and complexity beneath words, offering a surprising plurality of meanings to the viewer.

David Hockney & Matthias Weischer

2004-2005

David Hockney & Matthias Weischer

Matthias Weischer wanted to watch David Hockney at work. He had to wait for his wish to be granted, but the experience was a revelation.

Álvaro Siza & Sahel Al Hiyari

2002-2003

Álvaro Siza & Sahel Al Hiyari

Sahel Al-Hiyari’s maturity as well as his strong visual language greatly impressed Álvaro Siza. The master also appreciated his future protégé’s awareness of the context and environment inherent in all architectural work.