Hans Platschek Prize
The Hans Platschek Foundation, which the attorney Kurt Groenewold founded in Hamburg in 2005, which has annually conferred its art prize at art KARLSRUHE for more than a decade, commemorates the painter and author Hans Platschek, who passed away in the year 2000 and surely ranked among the foremost pioneering and reflective thinkers and critics of artistic positions after the Second World War.
The Berlin-born artist last resided in Hamburg after having lived in cosmopolitan cities such as London, Paris and Rome. He fled to South America with his parents as a teenager because daily life under the National Socialist regime in Germany had become unbearable for the family (his mother was Jewish).
Prize winner 2022: Osmar Osten
The Hans Platschek Prize 2022 goes to the painter Osmar Osten.
Osmar Osten studied painting and graphic arts at the Dresden University of Fine Arts from 1980 to 1985, after completing training as a landscape gardener. From 1991 to 1995 he held a teaching position at Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau für Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg and in 2010 at the Bilbao Arte Centre. Since 2002 Osmar Osten is a full member of Sächsische Akademie der Küsnte, Dresden.
In 2010 and 2020 he was awarded the prize of the graphic biennial 100 Saxon graphics.
In addition to a long-standing collaboration with the gallery "Salvatore e Caroline Ala" in Milan, he exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in Germany and abroad, last year under the motto "Afrika ist für alle da!" in the Neuen Sächsischen Galerie Chemnitz.
Currently on view are the exhibitions: "Edelsinn" at Galerie Adlergasse, Dresden (November 26, 2021 to March 4, 2022) and "Tagesschau" (group exhibition) at Galerie Mountains, Berlin (February 4 to March 6, 2022).
On April 4, 2022, an exhibition opens at Sächsische Akademie der Künste, Dresden.
Previous winners of the Hans Platschek Prize include Michael Kunze, Monica Bonvicini, Helga Schmidhuber and Monika Baer (2021).
As every year, the Foundation’s board of directors selects an individual juror to nominate a prizewinner for the award ceremony. The board currently consists of Kurt Groenewold, Prof. Bettina Steinbrügge from the Kunstverein in Hamburg and Dr. Sebastian Giesen from the Hermann Reemtsma Foundation. The individual juror and thus also the presenter of the laudation in 2022 is Ulrike Lorenz.
She has been president of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar since August 2019, following positions as director at Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Stadtmuseum Gera, and Kunstsammlung Gera, where she built one of the largest Dix collections in public hands. She later curated the first Otto Dix retrospective in Latin America, "Otto Dix: Violencia y Pasión" at the National Gallery of Mexico City (2016).
In 2008, she received the Friedrich Baur Prize from Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich. In 2018 she was awarded the Frauenbrücke Prize for Inner Unity of Germany.
Hans Platschek: Role Model
There can be no doubt that Hans Platschek, who was born in Berlin in 1923 and died in Hamburg in 2000, numbers among the artists who strongly influenced the art after 1945 in Germany. Like many of his colleagues, he initially developed a nonfigurative style of painting, often restricted to dark, earthy tones. Afterwards, but already before the end of the 1950s, he broke out of Informalism and increasingly dedicated himself to a figurative way of painting. Some of his artist friends denounced this as treasonous disloyalty. For his part, Hans Platschek – who also provided plenty of explosive material in his books (e.g. “Über die Dummheit in der Malerei” [“The Stupidity of the Painting”] or “Von Dada zur Smart Art” [“From Dada to Smart Art”]) and articles – was one of the pioneering thinkers who never avoided a conflict and whose thought-provoking opinions always sparked lively debates.
- 2021 Monika Baer, painter | Juror: Christina Végh, Director of Kunsthalle Bielefeld
- 2020 Helga Schmidhuber, painter | Juror: Prof. Dr. Alexander Klar, director of the Kunsthalle Hamburg.
- 2019 Monica Bonvicini, painter and performance artist | Juror: Prof. Bettina Steinbrügge, art historian
- 2018 Michael Kunze,painter | Juror: Dr. Gregor Jansen, art historian, publicist and curator
- 2017 Jonathan Meese, painter and performance artist. | Juror: Florian Illies, art historian and art critic
- 2016 Justin Almquist, US Amercan artist. | Juror: Matthias Mühling, director of Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus
- 2015 Rikuo Ueda, Japanese artist from Osaka. | Juror: Sebastian Giesen, art historian
- 2014 Sandra Boeschenstein, Swiss artist, lives and works in Zürich. | Juror: Ulrike Groos, director of Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
- 2013 GIOM (Guillaume Bruère), French draughtsman, painter, sculptor and performance artist. | Juror: Robert Fleck, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
- 2012 Rolf Bier, painter, author and object artist. | Juror: Ulrich Krempel, director of Sprengel Museum Hannover
- 2011 Werner Büttner, publishes visual works and aphoristic texts. | Juror: Harald Falckenberg, art collector
- 2010 Monika Grzymala, sketches and paper installations. | Juror: Axel Hecht, art critic and editor-in-chief of “art” magazine for many years
- 2009 Friedrich Einhoff, painter and draughtsman. | Juror: Werner Hofmann, former director of Kunsthalle in Hamburg
- 2008 F. W. Bernstein, draugtsman and satirical author. | Juror: Manfred Eichel, former head of “aspekte”