Exhibition from 19 July to 5 October 2014
Award ceremony: 21 September 2014, 11 a.m.
The Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen is among the leading and highest awards in the field of contemporary art in Germany. The competition features 30,000 Euro in prize money and, in 2014, it will be held for the 44th time and celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Since 1985 the prize has been presented in the Kunsthalle Bremen with the support of the Donors’ Circle (Stifterkreis) of the Kunstverein in Bremen (Bremen Art Association). They have also made possible the purchase of a work by each of the prize’s winners. The Kunsthalle Bremen has thus been able to expand its collection through significant works by Martin Honert, Ólafur Elíasson, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tino Sehgal, Ulla von Brandenburg and Thea Djordjadze, among others. Every two years, ten distinguished curators each independently select one artist from the German-speaking area.
This year’s competition exhibition will be presented from 19 July to 5 October 2014 in the Kunsthalle Bremen.
A prominent, five-member jury will determine the winner of the prize during the course of the exhibition. The award ceremony will be held on 21 September 2014 in the Kunsthalle Bremen. In the past, many of the prize winners and nominated artists have pursued significant careers. These artists include, for example, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tomma Abts, who were later awarded the Turner Prize, as well as Dirk Skreber, who received the Nationalgalerie Berlin’s Preis für Junge Kunst.
Nina Beier (born 1975 in Aarhus, Denmark, lives in Berlin)
nominated by Bettina Steinbrügge, Kunstverein Hamburg
Dirk Bell (born 1969 in Munich, lives in Berlin)
nominated by Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Natalie Czech (born 1976 in Neuss, Germany, lives in Berlin)
nominated by Susanne Titz, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Loretta Fahrenholz (born 1981 in Starnberg, Germany, lives in Berlin and New York)
nominated by Ellen Blumenstein, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Max Frisinger (born 1980 in Bremen, lives in Berlin)
nominated by the Stifterkreis des Kunstpreises der Böttcherstraße (Donors’ Circle of the Prize of the Böttcherstraße), Bremen
Sven Johne (born 1976 in Bergen auf Rügen, Germany, lives in Berlin)
nominated by Prof. Dr Christoph Grunenberg, Kunsthalle Bremen
Susanne Kriemann (born 1972 in Erlangen, Germany, lives in Berlin)
nominated by Dr Eva Maria Schmidt, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
Riccardo Paratore (born 1990 in Eutin, Germany, lives in Düsseldorf)
nominated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery, London
Pamela Rosenkranz (born 1979 in Sils Maria, Switzerland, lives in Spiez, Switzerland)
nominated by Susanne Pfeffer, Fridericianum, Kassel
Markus Schinwald (born 1973 in Salzburg, Austria, lives in Vienna and Los Angeles)
nominated by Mario Codognato, 21er Haus, Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna
The members of the jury include:
Dr Marion Ackermann (born 1965 in Göttingen, Germany): since 2009 Artistic Director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, previously Director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.
Dr Ulrike Groos (born 1963 in Schlüchtern, Germany): since 2010 Director of the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, additionally member of the Villa Massimo-Jury für Bildende Kunst and since 2009 member of the Acquisitions Committee of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz.
Adam Szymczyk (born 1970 in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland): since 2003 Director of the Kunsthalle Basel, Artistic Director of documenta 14, which will take place in 2017.
A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition (€ 18,-).
Photos upper row left to right:
Nina Beier, Dirk Bell, Natalie Czech, Loretta Fahrenholz, Max Frisinger
row below left to right:
Sven Johne, Susanne Kriemann, Riccardo Paratore, Pamela Rosenkranz, Markus Schinwald
Courtesy die Künstler; for Susanne Kriemann: Courtesy Sanne Donders, Rotterdam