This March, Pauline Curnier Jardin (born 1980 in Marseille), Simon Fujiwara (born 1982 in London), Flaka Haliti (born 1982 in Pristina) and Katja Novitskova (born 1984 in Tallinn) have been nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 by an international jury. The museum prize is awarded every two years and pays tribute to artists under 40 who live and work in Germany. The four artists will be presented in a joint exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin from August 16, 2019 to February 16, 2020. All four artists show spatial ensembles in which they combine existing and new works. The tonality and handwriting of the four spatial work presentations is very different; what they have in common is an explicit reference to aspects of our contemporary European society.
With her transgressive artistic approach, which combines visual and narrative elements of theatre and cinema, Pauline Curnier Jardin creates a stage space for the shortlist exhibition; a walk-in installation in which cinematic and sculptural work intermesh in Curnier Jardin’s characteristic manner. Her often humorous works are the result of a very personal examination of historical circumstances, our historical background, our religious and cultural traditions as well as common gender roles and connotations.
With his works, which include painting, video, sculpture, installations and performances, Simon Fujiwara comments on very different levels on the situation of the human being in the medialized 21st century, starting from his own person and generation. His works, which have been selected for the exhibition and in part newly created, are the result of Fujiwara's interest in contemporary mass phenomena and their economic and socio-political aspects. The very different works illustrate the extent to which these phenomena have an emotional component of their own.
Flaka Haliti's sculpture and installation work refers to themes of current political importance; she addresses war and peace, migration, borders and their permeability. Often and explicitly, the artist focuses on Europe. Her works have a clear statement and at the same time a strong metaphorical and poetic quality. With two sculptural installations, she refers to the recent past of her country of origin. She continues her series of works "Is it you, Joe?" with large wall works. playing with identity and schematization,
As one of the pioneers of an artistic language known as "Post-Internet Art", Katja Novitskova will create a virtuoso, multi-part and multi-layered "environment" for the exhibition, that encompasses and captures the visitors and blurs the boundaries between the individual works. The works are the result of Novitskova's ongoing interes in current biotechnological research and revolve around the question of the future existence of the organic as a component of technological processes.
An international jury will choose the prizewinner on September 12, 2019. The award consists of a solo exhibition with a catalogue at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in the fall of 2020. The jury consists of: Annie Fletcher (Director of IMMA – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin), Anna-Catharina Gebbers (Curator at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin), Udo Kittelmann (Director of Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin), Philippe Vergne (Director of Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto) and Theodora Vischer (Senior Curator of Fondation Beyeler, Basel). Also on September 12, this year's winner of the Förderpreis für Filmkunst, which the Nationalgalerie has been awarding together with the German Film Academy since 2011 and which includes a prize money of 10,000 euros, will be announced.
The Preis der Nationalgalerie is made possible by the Freunde der Nationalgalerie and supported by BMW.
For further information see www.preisdernationalgalerie.de
Pauline Curnier Jardin
Grotta Profunda Approfundita , 2017
Installationsansicht, Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, 57. Biennale di Venezia, kuratiert von Christine Macel
Courtesy of the artist
Foto: Daniele Zoiko
Likeness , 2018
Wax sculpture, vintage desk, chair, lamp and objects, handrail, two-channel video (4K, color, sound), dimensions variable, video duration: 19:34 minutes
Courtesy of the artist und Esther Schipper, Berlin
Foto: Marc Domage
Ars Viva Preis-Ausstellung , 2016
Ausstellungsansicht Ars Viva Preis-Ausstellung, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, 2016 Courtesy of the artist, Deborah Schamoni und LambdaLambdaLambda
Foto: Andy Keate
Invasion Curves , 2018
Ausstellungsansicht, Skulptur, Ton, verschiedene Medien Aus der Einzelausstellung Invasion Curves, Whitechapel Gallery in London, 2018
Courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin
Foto: Andrew Radford