KOLLWITZ 2017
150th anniversary of the artist’s birth
29 September – 10 December 2017

IN THE SPIRIT OF KÄTHE KOLLWITZ  – TODAY
Laureates of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Prize
of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin
In the year celebrating the 150th anniversary of Käthe Kollwitz‘ birth, four different exhibitions focus on a different and particular aspect of the life and work of the artist. The final show explores her influence in today’s world. Under the title IN THE SPIRIT OF KÄTHE KOLLWITZ  – TODAY (29/9 – 10/12/ 2017) the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne in conjunction with the Akademie der Künste in Berlin will present the artistic positions of twentyone artists who have been awarded the Käthe-Kollwitz-Prize.

The Käthe-Kollwitz-Prize has been awarded since the 1960s and is one of the oldest awards presented by the Akademie der Künste. It commemorates Käthe Kollwitz’ membership and activities in this tradition-steeped Berlin institution. Every year visual artists whose works break fresh ground in a creative way are honoured with this award.

»I would like to exert influence in these times«
Käthe Kollwitz, Diaries, 1922

The Exhibition IN THE SPIRIT OF KÄTHE KOLLWITZ – TODAY visualises with more than 70 exhibits how Kollwitz’ motto remains an impulse for artists in the 21st century to achieve an artistic message in their discursive, formal-aesthetic and narrative contributions. A selection of renowned laureates – among them this year’s documenta participants Miriam Cahn, Douglas Gordon and Mona Hatoum, as well as the Cologne artists Martin Kippenberger, Astrid Klein and Horst Münch – take account of the statements of Kollwitz’ work in the media of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, film and video.
The current laureate Katharina Sieverding, for example, asks fundamental questions in her work on artistic and social parameters. Her creative treatment of political aspects – do not quote or use, but ‘be politically creative’ – is a special hallmark of this media artist.


Käthe Kollwitz and the Preussische Akademie der Künste
Käthe Kollwitz was an appointed member of the Preussische Akademie der Künste from 1919 until her dismissal by the National Socialists in 1933 and, as a professor, head lecturer of a class for graphic art. In 1921 she was elected member of the commission in charge of scheduling the programme and artists of the Academy Exhibition that took place every six months. Kollwitz herself was represented in these exhibitions with numerous works.
A presentation which forms part of the Cologne Kollwitz collection gives an insight into the artist’s contributions to these exhibitions between the years 1919 and 1934. 

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Participating Laureates

1967 – Otto Nagel // 1968 – Willi Sitte // 1971 – Curt Querner  // 1974 – Wieland Förster // 1976 – Harald Metzkes // 1980 – Werner Tübke // 1992 – Lothar Böhme // 1993 – Martin Assig // 1996 – Martin Kippenberger // 1997 – Astrid Klein // 1998 – Miriam Cahn // 2000 – Svetlana Kopystiansky // 2003 – Horst Münch // 2005 – Lutz Dammbeck // 2006 – Thomas Eller // 2008 – Gustav Kluge // 2009 – Ulrike Grossarth // 2010 – Mona Hatoum // 2012 – Douglas Gordon // 2013 – Eran Schaerf // 2017 – Katharina Sieverding

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ADMISSION AND OPENING TIMES 

Admission
€ 5,00 // red. € 2,00

Opening Times 
Tue-Fri: 10am to 6pm // Sat, Sun, public holidays: 11am to 6pm
Closed Mondays

Guided group visits
For Adults: € 60,00
Weekend, public holidays: € 70,00
For Pupils / Students: € 20,00

For more informations:
museum@kollwitz.de
+49 (0) 221 / 227 2899  

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A joint project to celebrate 25 years of cooperation in the promotion of the Käthe-Kollwitz-Prize between Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and Kreissparkasse Köln as the sponsor of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln.


Images: 
Käthe Kollwitz 1927, Jury session, Preußische Akademie der Künste
Nachlass Kollwitz © Käthe Kollwitz Museum Köln

Katharina Sieverding, Maton Solarisation XI/XII, 1969, C-Print, Acrylic, Steel
© Katharina Sieverding / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Foto: © Klaus Mettig / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Eran Schaerf, Letters From the Editor #18 (Facebook zensiert das Foto des Napalm-Angriffs auf Trang Bang, 13. September 2016), 2017, Digitale Fotocollage
© Eran Schaerf / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017