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The 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie Audience Award: Cast your vote!

Berlin’s prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie, a biennial award for young contemporary artists, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. And you get to help pick the winner!

The Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 shortlisted artists (L to R): Pauline Curnier Jardin, Simon Fujiwara, Katja Novitskova, Flaka Haliti (Photo: David von Becker)

Established in 2000 and awarded every two years, the Preis der Nationalgalerie is one of the most important accolades for international upcoming artists under the age of 40. But the name is deceptive — it’s actually two awards. One winner is picked by a jury and honoured with a solo exhibition; the other is picked by the public. And that means you get to vote! In fact, as tip Berlin is the Audience Award’s official partner this year, the voting takes place on our very own website, in German and English. Simply click here to have your say. And the best bit? You’ll have the chance to win one of several fabulous prizes, too. Whoop!

All four nominees are part of a group exhibition opening on the 16th of August at Hamburger Bahnhof, having created their own immersive worlds for us to explore. Never before in the Preis der Nationalgalerie’s history have the works demonstrated such breadth in terms of style and media — and they all deliver their own political message. Keen to know more? Here are all the details you need:



Simon Fujiwara

Simon Fujiwaras Werk "Likeness"
Simon Fujiwara: Likeness (Photo: Marc Domage / Courtesy Simon Fujiwara and Esther Schipper, Berlin).

Born in London in 1982, Fujiwara’s installations explore the topic of identity, first and foremost his own. He recreates, for example, the old bar in his parents‘ hotel. Visitors run the risk of being swept up in the spaces he creates, as those who saw The Happy Museum, his work at Berlin Biennale three years ago, may remember.



Pauline Curnier Jardin

Pauline Curnier Jardin: Blutbad-Parade
Pauline Curnier Jardin: Blutbad Parade, installation from „Fußnoten eines Krieges“, Kulturtage Festival, 2014 |Photo: Oumeya El Ouadie / Courtesy of the artist and Ellen de Brujne Projects, Amsterdam

Born in Marseille in 1980, Pauline Curnier Jardin works mainly in film but changes media forms repeatedly. A fusion of humour and the abysmal, some horror-trash elements remind the viewer of David Lynch. Oh, she was part of 2017’s Venice Biennale, too. No biggie.



Flaka Haliti

Flaka Haliti: Its Urgency Got Lost In Reverse (Photo: Majlinda Hoxha / Courtesy Flaka Haliti, Deborah Schamoni and LambdaLambdaLambda).

Born in Pristina in 1982, Haliti also exhibited at the Venice Biennale. Like so many Kosovar-Albanians, she experienced flight, lived in a refugee camp and with family in Macedonia. Later, she studied at Frankfurt’s famous Academy of Fine Arts, the Städelschule. Considering her life story, it’s not surprising that topics of migration and the borders of Europe take centre stage in her work.



Katja Novitskova

Katja Novitskova: "If Only You Could See What I've Seen With Your Eyes"
Katja Noviskova: If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen With Your Eyes (Photo: Anu Vahtra / Courtesy Katja Novitskova, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin).

Born in Tallinn in 1984, Katja Novitskova is a true digital native, piecing together assemblages from advertisements and other finds from the web. Hence, she spends most of her time in front of the computer, focusing on topics such as artificial intelligence. She then transforms her digital exploits into three-dimensional objects, creating otherworldly sculptural environments.



The Preis der Nationalgalerie group exhibition begins on Friday 16th August at Hamburger Bahnhof and runs until 16th February 2020.

More info: preisdernationalgalerie.de


Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin | Map 

Opening times: Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-6pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sat+Sun 11am-6pm; Mon closed


Don’t forget to cast your vote at: tip-berlin.de/voting/


Translated by Aida Baghernejad



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