Bernard Frize Wins 2015 Käthe Kollwitz Prize

Bernard Frize in front of Plontois (2012) Photo: Post-Ism


Bernard Frize in front of Plontois (2012) Photo: Post-Ism

Bernard Frize in front of Plontois (2012)
Photo: Post-Ism

The French artist Bernard Frize has been awarded the 2015 Käthe Kollwitz prize in honor of his significant contribution to painting, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin has announced.

Explaining their decision, jury members Ayşe Erkem, Mona Hatoum, and Karin Sander emphasized that they decided to award the prize to Frize due to his astute and conceptual artistic process, based on self-imposed systems and rules.

A strong believer of perspective, Frize stressed that the interpretation of an artwork remains unique to each viewer, “A painting is an object hung on the wall waiting for people to come and activate it,” he said.

Frize is represented by Simon Lee, Galerie Perrotin, and Galerie nächst St. Stephan, among others. He will be presented with the €12,000 prize at a ceremony in Berlin, on September 10, 2015.

In conjunction with the formal presentation of the award, the Akademie der Künste will organize an exhibition, featuring selected works by the artist. The show will be on view at the Berlin institution from September 11 to October 25 of next year.

Frize joins an illustrious list of previous recipients such as Max Uhlig (1987), Martin Kippenberger (1996), Douglas Gordon (2012), and Corinne Wasmuht (2014).

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