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Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2005

On March 11, 2005, an exhibition featuring works by the five nominees for the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award opened at the Berlinische Galerie on the occasion of the first awarding of the prize. Ten German institutions had been asked to propose one candidate each. According to the guidelines for the 2005 Award, the participating artists work mainly in the field of painting.

Already before the exhibition opening, the jury announced Cornelia Renz to be the recipient of the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2005. The award carries a prize money of 10,000 euro.



Cornelia Renz

Art Award 2005 Award Recipient

In a very different way, Cornelia Renz deals with the subject matter of the childlike woman. Her paintings are no contemplative investigations of her psyche, but tell stories of action and communication, of aggression, violence and cruelty. She forces the viewer to confront these themes whose very over-representation in the media makes for their suppression and neutralization. Her works leave open whether she gives expression to the thoughts of the girls and young women or of the viewer or to an actually existing reality.

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Thomas Dillmann

Art Award 2005 Nominee

Thomas Dillmann In his work, Thomas Dillmann creates carefully composed, complex landscapes of mostly wide horizons, but also partial images of groups of buildings. Although his landscapes seem almost photorealistic, they refuse to be grasped. The paintings, which frequently appear to be shrouded in fog and are devoid of any human life, cause a feeling of unease in spite of their superficial "beauty." Reduced to their basic structure, the painstakingly composed paintings ask where and how human life was or will be able to take shape in these worlds.

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Justine Otto

Art Award 2005 Nominee

In her work, Justine Otto deals with the emotional worlds of children and adolescents. Characterized by bright colors, her paintings make the turmoil and turbulence of their feelings very immediate to the viewer. She thus provides an almost shamelessly intimate insight into the experiental world of children and adolescents. Her inscrutable depictions are posited against a behavior geared towards superficial representation, which is increasingly prevalent in today's information society.

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Markus Willeke

Art Award 2005 Nominee

Markus Willeke's works are (almost always) large format, formidable, powerful and of excessive urgency. His motifs, taken frequently from the film and media world, assault the viewer. Behind the mostly isolated motif hides the story, the context from which it is taken. Here, the impact left by the flood of images of the media world is most immediately translated.

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Jongsuk Yoon

Art Award 2005 Nominee

Jongsuk Yoon takes us back to the poetic, quiet expression of things. Her partly painted, partly embroidered works exude a subdued lightness. In spite of the carefully planned composition, in spite of the almost pedantic particularity of the embroidery, which determines or interferes with the motifs, she succeeds in achieving an openness and serenity of the mostly everyday scenes. In Yoon's paintings, life is serious, but not hard. It seems that what we have here is a happy union of European painterly traditions and aesthetic approaches from Asia.

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