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Cornelia Schleime Wins 2016 Hannah Höch Prize

Cornelia Schleime has received Berlin’s top biannual award, the 2016 Hannah Höch Prize, and painter Tatjana Doll has won the Hannah Höch Sponsor’s Prize for midcareer artists, with a $23,000 cash purse, reports Monopol.

Honored for her lifetime artistic achievements, Schleime’s award includes nearly $70,000 and a solo exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie this autumn.

Born in East Berlin in 1953, Schleime studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden during the GDR era and was part of a young artists’ scene resisting the regime’s official art policies. In 1981 she was prohibited from exhibiting in East Germany—and moved to West Berlin in 1984. As the Berlinische Galerie reported, almost all of Schleime’s works produced in the GDR remained in East Germany and have been missing ever since.

She creates landscape-like works, large-scale portraits, and figurative paintings, often drawing from photographs that she finds at flea markets.