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Fabian Reimann and Niko Wolf
Winners of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2012
The prize winners Fabian Reimann (l.) and Niko Wolf (r.) with certificates next to (f.l.t.r.) Bettina von Dziembowski, Ulf Wuggenig, Heike Munder, who held the honouring speech, mayor Ulrich Maedge, Christoph Behnke and Valérie Knoll. Picture: Fred Dott
The winners of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2012 are Fabian Reimann and Niko Wolf,
who received the prize in the equally ranked section for young emerging artists.
Fabian Reimann and Niko Wolf were honoured with the Daniel Frese Prize 2012 on 11 July in the historical Fuerstensaal in the City Hall of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg. Here, works of the late-Renaissance painter (1540-1611) are displayed, to whom the prize, which was newly established last year, is dedicated. 48 contemporary artists from the region had submitted their drafts on the theme of »art and sustainability«.
With Heike Munder, director of the Migros Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst Zurich and member of the jury of Tate Gallery's Turner Prize 2012, the honouring speech was again held by a renowned personality from the art field with ties to the region. Heike Munder studied culture studies in Lüneburg, founded the Halle fuer Kunst Lüneburg together with Bernd Milla and worked for several years as a curator in the region, before changing to Zurich to one of the leading European institutions for contemporary art.
This year, the jury granting the Daniel Frese Prize 2012 again consisted of notable representatives of the art world. The jury was chaired by Marius Babias, director of the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein. Members of the jury were Tue Greenfort, an artist known for his ecological concepts whose work is currently on view at documenta(13) as well as Bettina von Dziembowski, director of Kunstverein Springhornhof, which co-founded the landscape art and this year will make its spaces and resources available for the exhibition of the prize-winners. Further jury members were Karin Guenther, who operates the gallery of the same name in Hamburg and regularly participates in Art Basel, the world's most important art fair, and, from the local context, Christoph Behnke, director of KIM, as well as curator Valérie Knoll.
The two prize-winners are given the opportunity to present their artistic approaches in the group show »The Simple Life« at Kunstverein Springhornhof in Neuenkirchen near Soltau, as Bettina von Dziembowski, host of the exhibition, explained. The show will open on 27 October, 2012, and is dedicated - like the prize - to issues of »art and sustainability«. The prize money of 3,000 euros each is meant for the production of the artistic work based on the prize-winning draft. It will then be displayed in the group show. At Springhornhof, the works of the prize-winners will be shown together with important artistic positions from a national and international context.
Project head Christoph Behnke was highly pleased that 48 artists from the entire project region had submitted drafts for the Daniel Frese Prize 2012. In his speech, he expressly thanked all applicants for their proposed drafts which were often highly interesting.
Fabian Reimann submitted a draft for a work to be realised on the theme of sustainability titles »Das Gedaechtnis der Sterne« (Memory of the Stars). For the show at Springhornhof, the artist plans an installation employing various media, based on which questions of sustainable knowledge are raised. In the age of the internet and the attendant debates on open source projects countering tendencies to monopolise information, they are of great economic, political and social relevance. Using factual and fictive elements, viewers are told about the promises and potentials of different technological innovations that simultaneously function as reservoirs of knowledge and are today, more than ever, subject to rapid change. These kinds of storage media are accompanied by the issue of technologically motivated and always also speculative future utopias. From the jury decision: »The artist Fabian Reimann deals with the theme of sustainable knowledge organisation in an impressive way. Reimann presents especially outstanding approaches in dealing with knowledge by examining the tensional relation between the order of knowledge and the voids and formation of myths emerging in the process.«
Fabian Reimann, born in 1975, studied Textual Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Heimo Zobernig and Fine Art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the class of Astrid Klein. The artist also studied Book Design and Graphic Design in Leipzig.
Niko Wolf submitted a draft on the theme of sustainability for a work to be realised titled »Erdhuegelmuseum oder: die Oekonomie des Vergessens« (Molehill Museum, or: the Economy of Forgetting). The project of the artist is based on the precise cataloguing of molehills on the 3-hectar field of the architecturally impressive Kunststaette Bossard in Jesteburg. For the show at Springhornhof, he uses the resulting documentary material for a presentation with the molehills, which are usually deemed aesthetically disturbing. The work not only focuses on questions of what in the future will be sustainably valued as an artwork, but also on questions related to the relevance of museum collections and their mission of conserving art in a sustainable way. The jury gave the following reasons for its decision: »The artist presents an innovative approach to cataloguing in the tradition of Conceptual Art, taking institutional questions into consideration. In this work, Wolf combines various disciplinary approaches from architecture, economy, biology, and art.«
Niko Wolf, born in 1982, studied Fine Art and Art Mediation at the art school of Ottersberg, Lower Saxony, in the sculpture class of Prof. Elke Wolf and graduated with a diploma in 2008.
Studio visit with the winner of the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2012, Niko Wolf
Sat 17/11/2012, 3 – 5 pm
Please register until Thurs 15/11/2012: info(at)kim-art.net.
For the exhibition »The Simple Life« at Kunstverein Springhornhof, Niko Wolf – the winner of the Daniel Frese Prize 2012 in the category of »Young Emerging Art« – realized his draft »Museum of Mounds or:
The Economy of Oblivion« (2012), which was elected by the jury. KIM now invites to visit Niko Wolf in his studio together with project head Christoph Behnke as well as the curators Valérie Knoll and Cornelia Kastelan. In exchange with the artist, visitors will obtain insights into his works, interests and approaches. After the studio visit, there is the option to go together to Kunststätte Bossard, which is also located in Jesteburg.
Meeting point is the studio of Niko Wolf in Jesteburg; the address will be announced after registration.
As the trip has to be organized privately, we ask those who do not want to travel by train and bus to indicate if they can offer or are looking for a ride.
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.
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