A long-standing tradition at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is being continued under the new management of Ulrike Groos. From 11 October to 23 November the Kunsthalle will present works by scholarship holders of the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship from the years 1999 to 2002:
Heike Aumüller, Karlsruhe; Susanne Bürner, Berlin; Eberhard Havekost, Berlin; Nol Hennissen, München; Christian Jankowski, Berlin; Volker Lang, Hamburg; Marita Maul, Berlin; Alexandra Ranner, München; Thomas Scheibitz, Berlin.
The scholarships of 30,000 Euros each are awarded to four artists every two years. The scholarship originates from Karl Schmidt-Rottluff's private funds, which the artist transferred to the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Förderungsstiftung (Support Foundation) in 1975, shortly before his death. The purpose of the foundation was worded in the foundation act: Here an artist had acted on behalf of artists, and Schmidt-Rottluff's much-quoted sentence, "that the success of my creative work may continue and be integrated into the stream of artistic creation", became the foundation's leitmotif.
The jurors Stephan Balkenhol, Johannes Brus, Franka Hörnschemeyer, Dieter Kiessling, Wolfgang Luy, Magdalena M. Moeller, Marcel Odenbach, Winfried Virnich and Ben Willikens selected the new scholarship holders from around 50 applicants who had been proposed by well-known artists, critics and curators.
The jury's utmost concern is the unprejudiced perception of outstanding, stringent individual achievement. The Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship has, therefore, been characterised from the beginning by an extremely high level of plurality. This twelfth exhibition, too, presents a variety of positions, which are undoubtedly a reflection of the current situation. The spectrum ranges from painting to installations, to an extremely varied treatment of the new media, and to a sculptural theatrical performance for four speakers with texts by Claude Simon, which will be performed for the first time on the opening evening.
Former Karl Schmidt-Rottluff scholarship holders regularly attend the exhibitions as guests, thus expressing their ongoing solidarity with the foundation's ideas. This time the guests are:
Bogomir Ecker, Düsseldorf
Katharina Sieverding, Düsseldorf
Pia Stadtbäumer, Düsseldorf
Reinhard Voigt, Los Angeles.
Individual catalogues of the scholarship holders are published on the occasion of the exhibition. These form a part of the scholarship.
Press conference: Friday, 10 October 2003, 11 a.m.
Opening: Friday, 10 October 2003, 8 p.m.
Volker Lang will perform his theatrical performance "Meine Besitztümer" on the opening at 8.30 p.m.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12 a.m.–7 p.m., Sundays and public holidays 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
5,50 EUR / reduced 3,50 EUR
Groups from 10 persons 3,50 EUR
Familyticket 14,- EUR
Handicaped and children up to 6 years free
Guided tours on demand