The Italian artist Monica Bonvicini (40) was this year’s winner of the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art 2005, which is worth 50.000 Euro and is as prestigious as London’s Turner. She was a clear favourite with the international jury that had to chose from a short list that included John Bock, Angela Bulloch and Anri Sala. Bonvicini‘s award-winning work entitled “Never Again” was on show at an exhibition in the Hamburger Bahnhof alongside the works of the other three shortlisted artists. It’s an installation with metal frames, leather hammocks and chains.
The members of the final jury, Dan Cameron (New Museum of Modern Art, New York), Erika Hoffmann-Koenige (Hoffmann Collection, Berlin) and Dr. Angela Schneider (Nationalgalerie, Berlin), praised Bonvicini’s work because it is grounded in the socio-political fundamentals of society. They were won over by the way Bonvicini exposes the actions and vulnerability of our physical being in her sculptures and installations. The audience prize went to the Canadian artist Angela Bulloch for her haunting installation “The Disenchanted Forest”. Like all the other shortlisted artists she lives and works in Berlin.
Established in 2000 by the Friends of the Nationalgalerie,
the association that organised the hugely successful art events “MoMA in Berlin” in 2004 and the Goya exhibition in 2005, the Nationalgalerie Prize for Young Art was awarded for the third time. As media partner DW-TV produced short video profiles of all four artists, which were on show exclusively at the Hamburger Bahnhof exhibition.
You can find these portraits below as Video-on-Demand!
Anri Sala was born 1974 in Tirana, Albania. This video artist has always been a restless traveller in the world. He’s always on the lookout for those seemingly unsignificant details of everyday life that he transforms into expressive “tableaux vivants”: a horse in darkness, fireworks, the colourful facades of Tirana. Moments full of poetry, captured by Sala and enhanced with light or shadow, sound or absolute silence. In his hands moments that otherwise have passed unnoticed are turned into precious jewels. Anri Sala is a melancholic poet – always searching for the spectacular in the unspectacular and not afraid of touching our emotions.
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