Turkish Artist Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize For Sculpture

BY Katrina Kufer / Jan 9 2018 / 19:44 PM

Nevin Aladağ wins the $18,000 German sculpture prize championing artists who create works related to the times, people, culture and expression

Turkish Artist Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize For Sculpture
Image courtesy Wentrup Gallery, Berlin
Nevin Aladağ. Raise the Roof (Venice). 2017. Performance at the 57th International Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy, 2017

The Ernst Rietschel Kulturring has awarded Turkish artist Nevin Aladağ the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture. It recognises her body of work consisting of sound and instruments to explore sociopolitical boundaries within urban spaces and cultures with an emphasis on foreignness and identity. Accompanying the accolade is $18,000 and an exhibition at the Albertinium, Dresden, which will run in March 2018.

Named after Ernst Rietschel, a 19th-century German sculptor, the eponymous award has been recognising talent since 1991 from the assocation’s central base in Pulsnitz, Saxony. This year marks the first time it was granted by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Antonius Jugend und Kulturförderung, with the 2018 deciding jury consisting of Kirsty Bell, art critic; Matthias Mühling, director of Munich’s Lenbachhaus; Thomas Thiel, director of the Kunstverein Bielefeld; and Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum. Previous winners include Johannes Wald, Axel Anklam and Emil Cimiotti.

Aladağ lives and works in Berlin and most recently exhibited at Documenta 14 and the 57th Venice Biennale. Her works can be seen at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid; and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.