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Nairy Baghramian

Art Award 2007 Award Recipient

Born in 1971 in Isfahan, lives and works in Berlin.

In Nairy Baghramian's sculptures, glass, metal and textile elements play a key role. Her work refers to the repertoire of modernist forms in architecture and design and fascinates by its perfect use of materials and proportions.

The Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2007 goes to Nairy Baghramian.

The jury, consisting of Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp, Humboldt University Berlin, Prof. Dr. Christoph Brockhaus, Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum—Center for International Sculpture, Duisburg, and Dr. Ursula Prinz, Berlinische Galerie, gave the award to the Berlin-based artist, because her work is not only of high quality, but also shows an original, independent position.

"Baghramian draws on the potential of architectural sculpture and has a high degree of sculptural and technical precision," said the jury to explain its decision. "What seems at first glance slightly reduced and almost suppressed, quickly turns out to be very complex and derived from numerous dualities. Sculptural density is set against emptiness, stability against lability, opening against limiting, simple form against 'broken' spatial images, surface against depth, white against black. In sum, her spatial installations, which create a referential and relations system between the real architecture and her sculpture, between space and observer, can be called silent and sparse spaces for reflection."

The biennial art award of the Ernst Schering Foundation honors talented young artists who hold the promise of further outstanding achievements in the future. In 2007, the award was offered in the field of sculpture.

In 2005, the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award was presented in the field of painting. Award recipient was Cornelia Renz.

The nominees for the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2007 were Nairy Baghramian, Thorsten Brinkmann, Jan Bünnig, Michael Sailstorfer and Marco Schuler. Works by all five artists will be on display at the Berlinische Galerie in an exhibition curated by Ursula Prinz, from January 19 through April 9, 2007.

"The Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award not only recognizes a young artist, but also emphasizes the importance of Berlin as a capital of culture," said Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin, in his welcome address at the award ceremony. "The Berlinische Galerie is exactly the right place to make young art accessible to a broader public."

The catalogue is unfortunately out of print.


More information about her work

Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selection)

  • 1999 How is your work going?, Christian Nagel Art Gallery, Cologne
  • 2003 Hausordnungen, Stadthaus Ulm
  • 2004 voluptuous panic, Christian Nagel Art Gallery, Berlin (S) - Splendor Geometrik, Gisela Capitain Art Gallery, Cologne - Villa Romana 2003, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen - Here and Now, Büro Friedrich, Berlin
  • 2005 Die Geister mögen das Flanieren, Christian Nagel Art Gallery, Cologne (S) - 2005/06 Time Lines, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  • 2006 Nairy Baghramian: Es ist außer Haus, Kunsthalle Basel (S) - Entblätterte Identitäten: Mode-Kunst-Zeitschrift, Stadthaus Ulm - A Public Private Mystery Tour, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna - Bonanza, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

S = Solo Exhibition


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