This year the Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen (Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen) will be awarded for the 47th time.From 29 August to 1 November 2020, the Kunsthalle Bremen
will present ten young and promising positions in contemporary art. Distinguished curators such as Johan Holten, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Bettina Steinbrügge have nominated ten artists from the German-speaking area.
The Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen is among the leading and highest awards in the field of contemporary art in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The competition features 30,000 Euro in prize money for the winner and, in 2020, it will be held for the 47th time in the Kunsthalle Bremen. A prominent jury will determine the winner of the prize during the course of the exhibition. In the past, many of the prize winners and nominated artists have pursued significant careers. These artists include, for example, Tomma Abts, who was later awarded the Turner Prize, as well as Dirk Skreber, who received the Nationalgalerie Berlins Preis für Junge Kunst.
The following ten artists have been nominated for the 2020 Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen:
Bani Abidi (born 1971 in Karachi, Pakistan, lives in Berlin) nominated by Natasha Ginwala, Gropius Bau, Berlin
Nevin Alada (born 1972 in Van, Turkey, lives in Berlin) nominated by Johan Holten, Kunsthalle Mannheim
Jesse Darling (born 1984 in Coventry, UK, lives in Berlin and London) nominated by Dr. Andrea Schlieker, Tate Britain, London
Toulu Hassani (born 1984 in Ahwaz, Iran, lives in Hanover) nominated by Stifterkreis des Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße, Bremen
Janine Jembere (born 1985 in Magdeburg, lives in Vienna) nominated by Dr. Yvette Mutumba, Contemporary And (C&) und Universität der Künste, Berlin
Anne Duk Hee Jordan (born 1978 in Korea, lives in Berlin) nominated by Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin
Ulrike Müller (born 1971 in Brixlegg, Austria, lives in New York) nominated by Prof. Dr. Christoph Grunenberg, Kunsthalle Bremen
Henrike Naumann (born 1984 in Zwickau, lives in Berlin) nominated by Severin Dünser, Belvedere 21, Vienna
Raphaela Vogel (born 1988 in Nuremberg, lives in Berlin) nominated by Thomas D. Trummer, Kunsthaus Bregenz
Stefan Vogel (born 1981 in Fürth, lives in Leipzig) nominated by Prof. Dr. Bettina Steinbrügge, Kunstverein in Hamburg
Yilmaz Dziewior Director Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Fabrice Hergott Direktor des Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Stephanie Rosenthal Direktorin des Gropius Bau, Berlin
Christoph Ruckhäberle Künstler, Leipzig
Susanne Titz Direktorin des Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
The 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 prizes 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.
Arne Schmitt received the Prize of Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2018 for his photo work Der heiße Frieden, which deals with the urban planning and architectural traces of the Economic Miracle.