The art KARLSRUHE-Prize

Prize Winner of the art KARLSRUHE-Prize in 2019 is Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme.
Prize Winner of the art KARLSRUHE-Prize in 2019: Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme

The jury annually selects and honours a gallery owner and an artist who jointly staged a One-Artist-Show. The prize money, which is made available by the State of Land Baden-Württemberg and the City of Karlsruhe, finances the purchase of artworks from the presentation shown at the fair.

Prize Winner of the art KARLSRUHE-Prize in 2019 is Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme.

Previous prize winners

  • 2019 Myriam Holme Galerie Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main
  • 2018 Sarah McRae Morton Galerie Anja Knoess, Köln
  • 2017 Neringa Vasiliauskaite Galerie Smudajescheck, München
  • 2016 Werner Schmidt Galerie Wohlhüter, Leibertingen-Thalheim
  • 2015 Alfonso Hüppi Galerie Reinhold Maas, Reutlingen
  • 2014 Jessica Buhlmann Galerie Anja Rumig, Stuttgart
  • 2013 Claude Wall Galerie Angelo Falzone, Mannheim
  • 2012 Tatjana Doll Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart
  • 2011 Jens Hanke Galerie Hunchentoot, Berlin
  • 2010 Julius Grünewald Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe
  • 2009 Thomas Müller Galerie Michael Sturm, Stuttgart
  • 2008 Reto Boller Galerie Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart

Prize Winner in 2019: Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme

Prize Winner in 2019: Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme
Prize Winner in 2019

The prize was awarded in 2019 to Gallery Bernhard Knaus Fine Art and artist Myriam Holme.


The expert jury comments on its choice of the prize winner:

Myriam Holme is an emphatic material artist whose artworks extend across the wall, onto the floor and into the space. She utilizes the unpredictable character of material interactions in her works, which oscillate between panel painting, relief, sculpture and installation. She works with traditional materials such as canvas, pigment, acrylic paint and ink, as well as with unconventional substances such as soap, bamboo, glass or plastic foil. Her artistic methods are frequently unorthodox: she creates effective events in forms and colours by pouring, casting, folding, scribing, crumpling and scratching, and by deliberately damaging the surfaces. She also gives voice to her creations through the remarkably idiosyncratic poetry of their titles: “gloss-woven in between” and “enigmatically speckled” are two representative examples chosen from many titles, which are often linguistically paradoxical and which convey unstable, open situations. It can be assumed that her titles should be read as indirect parallels to the experiences of her artworks. Her largest work on display at Galerie Bernhard Knaus’ stand is entitled “at your beacon”. This bold folding of painterly processed offset printing plates penetrates into the space and creates a fascinating interplay of light and shadow. The meanings in Myriam Holmes’ work are as diverse and incompatible as the materials, methods, formal inventions and titles of her extended, boundless and highly individual version of painting.

Myriam Holme was born in 1971 in Mannheim, where she currently lives and works. She is a graduate of Karlsruhe Art Academy, where she studied from 1996 to 2002, first with Meuser, then with Andreas Slominski. Since then she has received various scholarships and grants, e.g. the travel scholarship of the state of Baden-Württemberg in 2003, the working scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds in Bonn in 2005, and the scholarship of the German Academy in Rome to Casa Baldi in Olevano in 2011. In 2017, she received the Sparda Art Prize, which is connected with an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Myriam Holme has held guest and deputy professorships at art academies in Karlsruhe, Munich, Mainz and Düsseldorf. She has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 2003. Her works can be found in public and private art collections in Germany and other European countries. Myriam Holme has collaborated with Galerie Bernhard Knaus Fine Art in Frankfurt a. M. since 2015.

Jury of experts

The Jury in 2018

The jury for the art KARLSRUHE-Prize is formed anew each year, drawing upon leading representatives of cultural institutions, journalists, artists and policymakers.

  • Dr. Brigitte Baumstark, director of the Städtische Galerie [Municipal Gallery] in Karlsruhe
  • Dorothee Bar-Bogenschütz, journalist
  • Anja Casser, director of the Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe e.V. [Baden Art Association in Karlsruhe]
  • Dr. Michael Hübl, journalist
  • Prof. Dr. Pia Müller-Tamm, director of the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe [State Art Gallery in Karlsruhe]
  • Prof. Werner Pokorny, artist
  • Michael Sieber, former state secretary

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