Winners of Daniel Frese Prize
for Contemporary Art 2012

Winners of Daniel Frese Prize
for Contemporary Art 2012

KIM at Leuphana University

July 16, 2012

Winners of Daniel Frese Prize
for Contemporary Art 2012

The project KIM within the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Kunstverein Springhornhof in Neuenkirchen, both Germany, are pleased to announce that this year’s jury has decided to award the Daniel Frese Prize for Contemporary Art 2012 to Fabian Reimann and, in the category of “Young Emerging Artists,” to Niko Wolf.

The jury for the 2012 Daniel Frese Prize was chaired by Marius Babias (director of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin). Members of the jury were Tue Greenfort (artist, Copenhagen / Berlin), Karin Guenther (Gallery Karin Guenther, Hamburg), Bettina von Dziembowski (director of Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen), Valérie Knoll (curator of KIM), and Christoph Behnke (director of KIM).

The prize is dedicated to the memory of the painter and cartographer Daniel Frese (1540–1611). During the early phase of the autonomization of the artistic field from the church, feudal principals, and the state, Frese emerged as a versatile artist. He is remembered for his allegorical paintings which created a new visual language. Furthermore, he produced drafts for “Civitates Orbis Terrarum,” the world’s first city atlas.

The awards ceremony took place on 11 July in the historical town hall of the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg. This building has been distinctively shaped by Daniel Frese in the late Renaissance period. Heike Munder, director of the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zurich and member of the jury of the Turner Prize 2012 of Tate Gallery, held the speech in honour of the prize-winners, Fabian Reimann and Niko Wolf.

Each year, two prizes are offered for outstanding drafts for new artistic projects on a chosen topic, one of them for young, emerging artists. The theme of the call for proposals for the Daniel Frese Prize changes annually. In 2012, the subject was “Sustainability / Non-Sustainability.” The call is open for visual artists based in the broader region of Lüneburg, which is located in the triangle of the metropolitan regions of Hamburg, Bremen, and Hannover.

The 2012 award enables the winners to participate in the group exhibition The Simple Life, which is likewise dedicated to the annual theme of “Sustainability / Non-Sustainability.” It will open on 27 October at
Kunstverein Springhornhof in Neuenkirchen. The prize money is intended for the development and realization of the artwork based on the submitted draft, which will be on view in this exhibition.

The jury decided to grant the Daniel Frese Prize to Fabian Reimann for the reason that “the artist deals with the theme of sustainable knowledge organisation in an impressive way in his draft.” The jury was convinced of Fabian Reimann’s outstanding approaches in dealing with cultures of knowledge, in which he examines the tensional relations between epistemic arrangements and the emerging voids.

Fabian Reimann, born in 1975, studied Textual Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna under Heimo Zobernig and Fine Art at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the class of Astrid Klein. The artist also studied Book Design and Graphic Design in Leipzig. Fabian Reimann’s works have been on view in Germany, Austria, and Belgium.

Niko Wolf, prize-winner in the category of “Young Emerging Artists,” was chosen by the jury because the artist “adopts a serious and eligible perspective on the sustainable handling of the organisation and archiving of art, while taking artistic strategies that are particularly oriented towards the order of museum collections into account.” Niko Wolf presents an innovative approach to cataloguing in the tradition of Conceptual Art and takes institutional issues into consideration, merging approaches of architecture, economy, biology, and art in a cross-disciplinary manner.

Niko Wolf, born in 1982, studied Fine Art and Art Mediation at the art school of Ottersberg, Lower Saxony, in the sculpture class of Prof. Elke Wolf and graduated with a diploma in 2008. The artist is also active in art education projects at various art institutions. His works have been on view in Hamburg and Berlin.

The Daniel Frese Prize is an initiative of KIM in collaboration with Kunstraum of Leuphana University of Lüneburg. It is an interdisciplinary project supporting the markets for avant-garde and emerging art in the region of Lüneburg. The project KIM is part of the Innovation Incubator Lüneburg, which is an EU major project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and by the Federal State of Lower Saxony.

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