Olaf Metzel Paper Ball Wins Germany’s Largest Prize for Public Art

Olaf Metzel, Noch Fragen? (2011) Photo: C. Seifert
Olaf Metzel, Noch Fragen? (2011) Photo: C. Seifert

Olaf Metzel was awarded one of Germany’s most highly remunerated art prizes on Friday for his 2011 artwork Noch Fragen. The €50,000 ($69,100) mfi Prize is given every two years in recognition of the Germany’s best new piece of public art.  Metzel’s installation hangs from the ceiling of the new reading room in the State Library in Berlin and consists of aluminum plates printed to look as if they are crumpled up Post-it notes, newspapers, and book pages.

The work was practically ready made for the prize, which, according to its founder Reydan Weiss, looks for a direct connection between the work and the context in which it is installed rather than for artistic innovation. The work was selected from 63 submissions by a jury of six art experts, artists, and journalists.

Born in Berlin, Metzel has been a professor at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts since 1990. He’s represented by Wentrup gallery in Berlin.

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