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Isa Genzken Awarded 2017 Goslarer Kaiserring Prize

Berlin-based artist Isa Genzken has received the 2017 Goslarer Kaiserring (or the “Emperor’s Ring”) prize from the city of Goslar. Genzken will receive the prize at a ceremony on October 7 in Goslar, reports Monopol.

The Goslarer Kaiserring, a simple gold ring with a portrait of Emperor Henry IV, forms the center of the annual, international, contemporary art prize, created in 1975. Winners are selected by a jury of museum directors and curators organized by the city of Goslar and the Verein zur Förderung Moderne Kunst (Association for the Promotion of Modern Art). Its prominence comes from the many renowned artists who have previously received the ring, including Joseph Beuys, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Gerhard Richter, and Cy Twombly.

The jury’s statement noted that, for more than thirty years, the sixty-eight-year-old Genzken has “contributed to the international discourse of sculpture.” “Unspoiled, punk, but never without humor,” as the jury put it, Genzken reveals “the upheavals, opposites, violence, and brutalities of our societies” in her photographs, installations, and sculptures—and allows the viewer “to get a little closer to the truth.”

Born in 1948 in Bad Oldesloe, Genzken studied painting, art history, philosophy, photography, and graphics in Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, and Düsseldorf. Her works have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Chicago, Brussels, Zurich, London, and Vienna.

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