Nevin Aladağ Wins Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture

The artist Nevin Aladağ has been awarded the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture, Monopol reports. As part of the prize, Aladağ’s work will be exhibited at the Albertinum in Dresden in March 2018, and she will receive $18,000.

Born in Turkey in 1972, Aladağ currently resides in Berlin. Her work has recently been exhibited at Documenta 14 in Kassel and Athens and at the Fifty-Seventh Venice Biennale. It can also be found in the collections of several major institutions such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid, and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The artist often incorporates sound and musical instruments in her works in order to explore the boundaries of sociopolitical issues within urban spaces and cultures, often specifically focusing on notions of foreignness and identity.

Named in honor of the late German sculptor Ernst Rietschel, who died in 1861, the prize has been awarded by the Ernst Rietschel Kulturring since 1991. The association is based in Pulsnitz, Saxony, Rietschel’s birthplace. This year marked the first time that the prize was awarded by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden and the Antonius Jugend und Kulturförderung.

The jury comprised critic Kirsty Bell; Matthias Mühling, director of the Lenbachhaus in Munich; Thomas Thiel, director of the Kunstverein Bielefeld; and Hilke Wagner, director of the Albertinum.