<p>Trophy 2013, Quirin Bäumler</p>

Trophy 2013, Quirin Bäumler

The first Berlin Art Prize was awarded on the evening of June 22, 2013. Sculptor Quirin Bäumler designed the brightly colored trophies for the first edition of the independent art prize. The exhibition of the thirty-one nominated artists opened on the same evening. The three winners of the Berlin Art Prize 2013 were awarded a trophy, prize money, and an invitation to a two-week residency in a countryside villa in Umbria, Italy.


Katharina Fichtner
(Curator and Cultural Attaché)
Klara Hobza
Antje Majewski
Attila Saygel
(Exhibition Architect)
Eva Wilson
(Curator, Writer)


choose, look, obey
Cem Kozcuer

“Extending over 53 minutes, Cem Kozcuer’s film is a meditation on the question: ‘At which point does one manage to make something worthy of being looked at?’ The viewers train their eye like a muscle on the immaculate tableaus, which Kozcuer has arranged with precision. The fascination with the objects in their nearly Heideggerian materiality, with structure, texture, sound, grid, speed, focus, and so on, is strained to the point of being hypnotically obsessive, and then it is subverted in a slapstick manner.” – from the jury statement



The Royal Lion Hunt (Iraqi Embassy Berlin-Pankow)
Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

“Today trash lies on the ground and graffiti covers the walls of the former Iraqi Embassy in East Berlin, but the reproduction of the famous royal lion hunt from Assyria does not actually belong there at all. This relief is one of the great artworks of mankind, which, as a consequence of colonialism, can no longer be viewed in its place of origin. The lion hunt in Trenka-Dalton’s photo is a documentation of an intervention in the room. The fact that the resulting print is black-and-white smoothes over the gap between divergent realities. Trenka-Dalton’s work wins the viewer over by raising complex historical questions through simple means. The viewers become part of a historical-illusionistic space, in which they also participate as a political subject.”– from the jury statement


Jens Nippert

“As a matter of fact, the abstract touches one more than can be understood. References to traditional architectural methods such as timber-framed or loam buildings can be identified in the choice of material – the form itself, however, remains mysterious: The human body parts quoted in the title are anatomically dissolved and instead conceptualized as sculptural functionality. Without having formal anthropomorphic features, the work subliminally recalls a human stature. With its exceptional presence, it strikes the viewer as strangely familiar, almost cognate.” – from the jury statement

Photos by the artists, Phillip Külker




  • <p>Exhibition View (left-right): Christopher Kline, Kirsten Blümke, Friedemann Heckel</p>
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    Exhibition View (left-right): Christopher Kline, Kirsten Blümke, Friedemann Heckel

  • <p>Santiago Taccetti</p>
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    Santiago Taccetti

  • <p>Michael Pohl</p>
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    Michael Pohl

  • <p>Exhibition View (left-right): Santiago Taccetti, Michael Müller, Laurence Grave</p>
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    Exhibition View (left-right): Santiago Taccetti, Michael Müller, Laurence Grave

  • <p>Daiva Tubutyte</p>
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    Daiva Tubutyte

  • <p>Dagmar Schürrer</p>
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    Dagmar Schürrer

  • <p>Hanne Lippard</p>
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    Hanne Lippard

  • <p>Marlene Stark</p>
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    Marlene Stark

  • <p>Marco Pezzotta</p>
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    Marco Pezzotta

  • <p>Tim Wandelt</p>
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    Tim Wandelt

  • <p>Exhibition View (left-right): Katharina Pabst, Max Stocklosa, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton</p>
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    Exhibition View (left-right): Katharina Pabst, Max Stocklosa, Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

  • <p>Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton</p>
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    Sophie-Therese Trenka-Dalton

  • <p>Exhibition View (left-right): Carina Brandes, Florian Japp, Sarra Turan</p>
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    Exhibition View (left-right): Carina Brandes, Florian Japp, Sarra Turan

  • <p>Franziska Goes</p>
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    Franziska Goes

  • <p>Cem Kozcuer</p>
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    Cem Kozcuer

  • <p>Valerie Otte</p>
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    Valerie Otte

  • <p>Exhibition View (left-right): Diana Artus, Hella Gerlach, Jens Nippert</p>
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    Exhibition View (left-right): Diana Artus, Hella Gerlach, Jens Nippert

  • <p>Claudio Gobbi</p>
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    Claudio Gobbi

  • <p>Neozoon</p>
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  • <p>Kate Sansom</p>
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    Kate Sansom

  • <p>Laura McLardy</p>
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    Laura McLardy

  • <p>Jonas Paul Wilisch</p>
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    Jonas Paul Wilisch

  • <p>Carl Schilde / Heavylistening</p>
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    Carl Schilde / Heavylistening

  • <p>Christopher Kline</p>
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    Christopher Kline

The first exhibition of the Berlin Art Prize took place from  June 23–29, 2013 in Kreuzberg’s Aqua Carré. Photos by Phillip Külker.




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Berlin Art Prize 2015 – Exhibition Catalog


160 pages, 76 color images






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With an essay by Imke Kannegießer (curator and cultural scientist). Edited by Berlin Art Prize e.V.

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