We are pleased to announce that the jury for the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art decided to award the prize to Diego Castro.
In addition Katja Staats has received the prize for young emerging artists.

Diego Castro, Katja Staats and Dr. Robert Fleck (Laudatio, director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn)
picture: Sabine Vielmo

The Daniel Frese Prize jury in Lüneburg, Germany was chaired by Beatrice von Bismarck (Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig). Members of the jury were Thomas Locher (The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen), Bernd Milla (executive director, Art Foundation Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart), Nikolaus Oberhuber (gallery KOW, Berlin), Julia Moritz (curator KIM), and Christoph Behnke (director KIM, Lüneburg).

The prize is dedicated to the memory of the painter and cartographer Daniel Frese (1540-1611). During the early phase of the autonomization of the artistic field from the church, feudal men, and the state, Frese emerged as a versatile artist. He is remembered for his allegorical paintings which created a new visual language. Furthermore, he produced drafts for »Civitates Orbis Terrarum«, the world-wide first city atlas.

The prize-giving ceremony took place on July 7th in the historical town hall of the Hanseatic City Lüneburg. This building had been strongly shaped by Daniel Frese in the late renaissance period. There, Diego Castro and Katja Staats, the winning artists, were prized for their projects by Robert Fleck, the director of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn.

The theme of the request for proposals for the Daniel Frese Prize changes annually. In the year 2011, the subject of art and the market was central. Every year, two prizes are offered for innovative artistic projects about the chosen topic, one of them for young, emerging artists. The request for proposals is open for visual artists working in all media.

The 2011 award enables the prize winners the participation in the third phase of the exhibition »Demanding Supplies,« which is likewise dedicated to the annual theme. It will open in November at the Kunstraum at Leuphana University Lüneburg. The prize money of 2000.00 EUR is designated for the production of a new work for this exhibition.

The jury was unanimous in its decision to award the 2011 Prize to Diego Castro, since he »succeeds not only in making visible a reflection of his own artistic practice in the mirror of its commodification, but also to translate this reflection into an apt spatial image.« The project convinced the jury as »an independent artistic contribution that is also informed by current international debates about the relationship between art and the market.«

Diego Castro (∗ 1972) studied at the art schools of Kiel, Germany, Saint-Etienne and Nantes, France and Geneva, Switzerland. His works have been exhibited, for example, in Belgium, Germany, France, Israel, Great Britain, Switzerland, and Austria.

The awardee Katja Staats was selected as an artist who, according to the jury, »achieved to convey the network of relations between artists and gallery owners and collectors in an artistically vivid way. She deploys her independent visual language in order to transform her analyses about economic dependencies into an experiential space which renders them comprehensible for the visitors.«

Katja Staats is a graduate of the University Osnabrueck, Germany. Her career as an independent artist and the leader of an open studio started in 2007. Her works have so far been exhibited in Germany, lastly at the Triennial for Photography in Hamburg 2011 and xpon gallery in Hamburg.

The Daniel Frese Prize is organised by KIM in collaboration with the Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. KIM is an interdisciplinary project supporting the markets for avant-garde and emergent art in the region of Lüneburg, Germany, which is located in the triangle of the metropolitan regions Hamburg, Bremen and Hannover. The project KIM is part of the Innovation Incubator Lüneburg, which is an EU major project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the federal state of Lower Saxony.

— Julia Moritz

The Innovation Incubator Lüneburg is an EU major project, financed by the European Regional Development Fund and co-funded by the federal state of Lower Saxony.