Statistics of the 2016 Luxembourg Art Prize

The Artistic Committee received the entries for the 2016 Luxembourg Art Prize on Monday 18 July 2016. There were considerably more entries than the previous year, rising from 191 entries in 2015 to 292 in 2016, an increase of 53%.

This increase results from very effective word-of-mouth publicity and the excellent reputation acquired by the Luxembourg Art Prize in the art world.

This year once again the profiles of the candidates are in line with the spirit of the Prize, which is aimed at all artists, male and female, young and not so young, practising all the disciplines of the visual arts.

The balance this year is almost equal between men and women, with 51% of the entries from women this year (compared with 55% last year) and 49% from men (compared with 45% last year).

The average age of this year’s candidates is 45. The 2016 edition attracted more entries from artists under 40. There were 38% this year, up from 30% last year. 62% of candidates were over 40, compared with 70% last year. The oldest candidate this year is 90, compared with 86 last year.

The growth discipline this year is drawing, with 16% of candidates practising this medium compared with only 6% last year. Painting remains the leading discipline with 31% of entries, compared with 38% last year.

43% of candidates are self-taught and 87% have exhibited at least once, in either group or solo shows.

One candidate in four is inspired by at least one of the following artists: Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon, Claude Monet, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, Anselm Kiefer, Frida Kahlo, Egon Schiele, Louise Bourgeois, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rembrandt, Joan Miró.

Finally, the Luxembourg Art Prize has proved very popular – its Facebook page has been liked by over 25,000 people, and the website home page has been shared on social media nearly 13,000 times since it was created.

The detailed statistics are presented below.

The Artistic Committee will now begin the task of studying the entries in detail.

The 10 finalists who will be exhibited at the gallery in September and October 2016 will be announced on the afternoon of 31 July.

Number of entries received



  • Men 49%
  • Women 51%
  • Individual entries 98%
  • Group entries 2%
  • Ages 16-29 15%
  • Ages 30-39 23%
  • Ages 40-49 25%
  • Ages 50-59 23%
  • Ages 60-69 12%
  • Ages 70 and above 3%
  • Drawing 16%
  • Printing 3%
  • Installation 7%
  • Painting 31%
  • Performance 2%
  • Photography 9%
  • Digital art 5%
  • Sculpture 9%
  • Sound 1%
  • Video 3%
  • Mixed media 15%

Number of Likes on the Facebook page

Average age of the candidates




Candidates who have already exhibited

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