Prize of the Böttcherstraße   28.07. – 30.09.2018

Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2018

The Kunsthalle Bremen presents ten young and promising positions in contemporary art. Distinguished curators such as Johan Holten, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Susanne Pfeffer and Bettina Steinbrügge have nominated ten artists from the German-speaking area. Their works can be seen in the Kunsthalle Bremen in an exhibition from 28 July to 30 September 2018.

This year the jury has awarded the Prize of the Böttcherstraße to Arne Schmitt. The public award ceremony was  on Sunday, 23 September, 2018 at 11 am in the Kunsthalle Bremen.

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 for the winner and, in 2018, it was held for the 46th time in the Kunsthalle Bremen. A prominent, five-member jury determines the winner of the prize during the course of the exhibition. The following ten artists have been nominated for the 2018 Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen:

Heba Y. Amin (born 1980 in Kairo, Egypt, lives in Berlin) nominated by Bettina Steinbrügge, Kunstverein Hamburg

Vajiko Chachkhiani (born 1985 in Tiflis, Georgia, lives in Berlin) nominated by Prof. Dr. Bernhart Schwenk, Pinakothek of Modern Art, Munich

Alicia Frankovich (born 1980 in New Zealand, lives in Berlin) nominated by Thomas D. Trummer, Kunsthaus Bregenz

Uwe Henneken (born 1974 in Paderborn, lives in Berlin) nominated by Prof. Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Kunsthalle Bremen

Lawrence Lek (born 1982 in Frankfurt am Main, lives in London) nominated by Ellen Blumenstein, HafenCity, Hamburg

Michael Müller (born 1970 in Ingelheim am Rhein, lives in Berlin) nominated by Johan Holten, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Katharina Schilling (born 1984 in Cologne, lives in Leipzig) nominated by Stifterkreis des Kunstpreises der Böttcherstraße, Bremen

Arne Schmitt (born 1984 in Mayen, lives in Cologne) nominated by Dr. Eva Schmidt, Museum for Contemporary Art, Siegen

Jeremy Shaw (born 1977 in North Vancouver, Canada, lives in Berlin) nominated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Gallery, London

Anne Speier (born 1977 in Frankfurt am Main, lives in Vienna) nominated by Susanne Pfeffer, MMK Frankfurt

The art prize has been awarded for over sixty years. 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, Thea Djordjadze or Daniel Knorr and Nina Beier, among others. Every two years, ten distinguished curators each independently select one artist from the German-speaking area.


(Fig. above: Award winner of the Prize of the Böttcherstraße 2018: Arne Schmitt, Der heiße Frieden, 2017/18, photographs and videos, Courtesy Arne Schmitt and Galerie K’, Bremen; Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt am Main, installation view Kunsthalle Bremen, © Arne Schmitt / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018, Photo: Melanka Helms)

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