2021 Wolfgang Hahn Prize: Marcel Odenbach Museum Ludwig, Cologne 17.11.2021 - 20.02.2022, © Courtesy Marcel Odenbach and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021, Photo: Saša Fuis

Marcel Odenbach
2021 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

Novem­ber 17, 2021 to Fe­bruary 20, 2022

Mar­cel Oden­bach (*1953 in Cologne) will be award­ed the 2021 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize by the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst. The award cer­e­mony al­ways al­so in­cludes an ac­qui­si­tion for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Thanks to Mar­cel Oden­bach’s generos­i­ty, the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig will ac­quire his unique Sch­nittvor­la­gen for the 2021 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize.

The Sch­nittvor­la­gen were cre­at­ed over the course of de­cades. They func­tion as an on­go­ing im­age archive, and at the same time the more than 117 works on pa­per in A3 for­mat rep­re­sent the cur­rent foun­da­tion of the artist’s work. Each work fo­cus­es on a spe­cif­ic top­ic. Oden­bach ar­ranges con­cep­tu­al­ly or vi­su­al­ly cor­re­spond­ing mo­tifs that he takes from mag­azines, brochures, and many other sources. The col­lages are mod­i­fied and in­cor­po­rat­ed in­to new works in which the artist deals with so­cial and po­lit­i­cal pro­cess­es such as con­struc­tions of gen­der and cul­tu­r­al iden­ti­ty, col­oniza­tion, and glob­al­iza­tion. His work­ing method cor­re­sponds to his con­cep­tu­al ap­proach of find­ing, as­sem­bling, col­lag­ing, and dis­solv­ing.

The Sch­nittvor­la­gen will be shown in an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­se­um Lud­wig from Novem­ber 17, 2021 to Fe­bruary 20, 2022. They have nev­er been seen in pu­bic be­fore. As the ba­sis for the artist’s work, the Sch­nittvor­la­gen will be re­turned to Oden­bach’s stu­dio af­ter the ex­hi­bi­tion, where they will cont­in­ue to be avai­l­able to him as an im­age re­pos­i­to­ry and archive on per­ma­nent loan.

“We con­sid­er our­selves ex­treme­ly lucky to award Mar­cel Oden­bach the 2021 Wolf­gang Hahn Prize. De­spite his great im­por­tance, he is still not as well known as he de­serves to be. It is a spe­cial priv­i­lege to be able to ac­quire his Sch­nittvor­la­gen for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. Th­ese are a cen­tral ba­sis for his work as an artist and are of im­mea­sur­able in­tel­lec­tu­al val­ue. We are very grate­ful to Mar­cel Oden­bach for his generos­i­ty,” says Mayen Beck­mann, chair­wo­m­an of the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst.

“We see it as a sign of great trust that Mar­cel Oden­bach has pro­vid­ed us with his Sch­nittvor­la­gen, per­haps his most per­so­n­al works, which form the essence of his work as an artist. In my view, artists’ archives are cen­tral to un­der­s­tand­ing their work. Oden­bach’s Sch­nittvor­la­gen are al­so im­por­tant works in their own right,” adds Yil­maz Dziewior, di­rec­tor of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig.

About Mar­cel Oden­bach

Mar­cel Oden­bach was born in 1953 in Cologne and lives and works in Cologne, Ber­lin, and Cape Coast, Gha­na. The artist had his first in­sti­tu­tio­n­al so­lo ex­hi­bi­tion as a stu­dent in 1978 at de Ap­pel in Am­s­ter­dam. This was fol­lowed by so­lo ex­hi­bi­tions at venues in­clud­ing the Köl­nisch­er Kun­stverein (1979), the In­sti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art in Bos­ton (1986), the Cen­tre Ge­orges Pompi­dou in Paris (1987), the Ham­burg­er Bahn­hof in Ber­lin (2006), the Kun­st­mu­se­um Bonn (2013), the Tel Aviv Mu­se­um of Art (2016), and the Kun­sthalle Wien (2017). Un­til the spring of 2021, he taught film and video at the Kun­s­takademie Düs­sel­dorf. From Oc­to­ber 9, 2021 to Jan­uary 9, 2022, Oden­bach’s work will be on view in the ret­ro­spec­tive Mar­cel Oden­bach: so oder so at the Kun­st­samm­lung Nor­drhein-West­falen K21 in Düs­sel­dorf.

About the Wolf­gang Hahn Prize

The Wolf­gang Hahn Prize is award­ed an­nu­al­ly by the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst am Mu­se­um Lud­wig, and is be­ing pre­sent­ed in 2021 for the twen­ty-sev­enth time. The award is pri­mar­i­ly in­tend­ed to rec­og­nize con­tem­po­rary artists who have al­ready made a name for them­selves in the art world through their in­ter­na­tio­n­al­ly rec­og­nized oeu­vre, but who are not as well known in Ger­many as they de­serve to be. The prize mon­ey of a max­i­mum of 100,000 eu­ros comes from con­tri­bu­tions by the mem­bers and is used to ac­quire a work or se­ries of works by the artist for the col­lec­tion of the Mu­se­um Lud­wig. The prize in­cludes an ex­hi­bi­tion or­ganized by the Mu­se­um Lud­wig with an ac­quired work by the prize win­n­er as well as an ac­com­pany­ing publi­ca­tion.

The name of the award hon­ors the me­m­o­ry of the pas­sio­nate Cologne col­lec­tor and paint­ing re­s­tor­er Wolf­gang Hahn (1924–1987), who was in­volved in vari­ous ways with the art of the Eu­ro­pean and Amer­i­can avant-garde in Cologne. The Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst is in­debt­ed to his ex­em­plary work as a col­lec­tor, a found­ing mem­ber of the Ge­sellschaft für Mod­erne Kunst, and the head of the res­to­ra­tion work­shops at the Wall­raf Richartz Mu­se­um and the Mu­se­um Lud­wig.

The pre­vi­ous re­cipi­ents can be found here