In 2015 the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig e.V. is awarding the Wolfgang Hahn Prize to two artists: Michael Krebber and R. H. Quaytman. In conjunction with the award ceremony, a joint exhibition will be presented at the Museum Ludwig, focusing on the subject of the impossibility of painting. The exhibition will feature the works by Michael Krebber and R. H. Quaytman that the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst has acquired for the benefit of the collection of the Museum Ludwig, along with a selection of additional works by the two artists. The show has been conceived by Michael Krebber in cooperation with R. H. Quaytman.
Yilmaz Dziewior, who as designated director of the Museum Ludwig collaborated with the jury, explains: “With Michael Krebber and R. H. Quaytman we are honoring two outstanding artistic personalities. Their joint exhibition focuses on a topic—the impossibility of painting—that, for all its timeless relevance, has gained increased attention precisely in recent years. Both artists have long explored the premises, challenges, and possibilities of painting today and have made inimitable contributions to this discourse.”
Guest Juror Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, comments: “The discussions within the jury were quite intense, centered on current issues regarding painting today. Quaytman and Krebber, independently from one another, have each produced an autonomous oeuvre over many years that, however, is also quite definitive for the future of painting and serves younger generations as a point of reference. The jury’s decision is very promising—Thomas Bernhard’s theater piece Einfach kompliziert (Simply Complicated) comes to mind.”
On the date of the award ceremony, at 5 p.m., a round table discussion with Michael Krebber; R. H. Quaytman; Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the guest juror for this year’s Hahn Prize; Yilmaz Dziewior, director of the Museum Ludwig; and Judith Stakemeister will be held in the Museum Ludwig auditorium.
This dialogue will serve as the basis for the publication accompanying this year’s Wolfgang Hahn Prize.
The entrance to the talk is free, please mind that the auditiorium can seat a maximum of 250 guests.