WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting 2021

of the Andreas Felger Cultural Foundation and the Heidelberger Art Association

The WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting understands painting as an open concept. Beyond the concept of the classical canvas painting, the prize opens itself up to contemporary painterly practices that, among other things, expand the repertoire of materials and motifs and cross-culturally incorporate previously marginalized visual worlds and ways of working, reach into space, create medial links, or otherwise break through conventions of the common conception of painting. In this way, the prize emphasizes the polyphony of the medium, reflecting the ongoing transformation of artistic production and the diversity of experience in a globalized world.

Read a recent commentary by the Andreas Felger Cultural Foundation on the WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting 2021 here.

The exhibition flyer for the WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting 2021 can be downloaded here.

The WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting is a nationwide promotional prize for artists, which is awarded every three years. It is aimed at artists living in Germany who are not yet known to a wider public, with no age restriction.

Nominations are made by five appointed experts.

Jana Baumann, curator, Haus der Kunst, Munich: Veronika Hilger

Julia Grosse & Yvette Mutumba, curators, C&, Berlin: Anna Subodnik

Sergej Jensen, artist, Berlin: Bradley Davies

Chus Martinez, Curator, Institute of Art FHNW HGK Basel: Mojé Assefjah

Mathilde ter Heijne, artist, UdK Berlin: Ada van Hoorebeke

Discover the nominated artists* here!

The prize will be awarded by a jury consisting of the following museum professionals:
Ulrike Groos, Director Kunstmuseum Stuttgart,
Ursula Schöndeling, Director of the Heidelberger Kunstverein,
Martin Engler, Head of Collection Contemporary Art at the Städel, Frankfurt am Main.

The WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting 2021 is endowed with 10,000 euros in prize money, 10,000 euros in catalog subsidies and a follow-up exhibition in 2022. The prize money is intended to enable the prize winner to concentrate entirely on his or her own artistic development during an intensive working phase.

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