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Tino Sehgal Wins the 2016 Hans Molfenter Prize

The Kunstmuseum Stuttgart foundation announced that a jury has awarded Tino Sehgal the 2016 Hans Molfenter Prize, reports Monopol. The $18,000 prize honors artists with a connection to Germany’s southwestern region. In addition Sehgal will create a project in the Stuttgart area, with the date is still to be determined, reported a spokeswoman of the foundation. Sehgal, who calls his performance-based work “constructed situations,” is currently Berlin-based, and spent his childhood in Germany after being born in London in 1976. Sehgal was cited by curator Catherine Wood for the artist’s 2015 survey at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, which, “in its grandeur,” according to Wood, “felt somehow like a possible end to his seductive promise that ephemeral performance might erase the art object altogether.”

Sponsored by the estate of Stuttgart painter Hans Molfenter since 1983, the eponymous prize has previously recognized recipients such as Günter Behnisch, Walter Stöhrer, and Georg Winter.