Hans Platschek Prize
The Hans Platschek Foundation, 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).
The Hans Platschek Foundation, which the attorney Kurt Groenewold founded in Hamburg in 2005, is now awarding the Hans Platschek Prize for Art and Writing for the thirteenth time. 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, Bettina Steinbrügge from the Kunstverein in Hamburg and Sebastian Giesen from the Hermann Reemtsma Foundation. The individual juror and thus also the presenter of the laudation in 2020 is Alexander Klar, director of the Kunsthalle Hamburg.
Prize winner 2020: Helga Schmidhuber
Thursday, 13 February 2020, 5:00 p.m., ARTIMA art Forum in the dm-arena
Helga Schmidhuber is this year’s winner of the Hans Platschek Prize. Born in Wiesbaden in 1972, the artist studied communication design in Wiesbaden and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Dieter Krieg and Albert Oehlen, of whom she is a master student. She has received many scholarships and awards, including the Markus Lüpertz Prize, the Prize of the Friends and Sponsors of the Düsseldorf Art Academy and the first prize of the Max Ernst Scholarship in Brühl.
Helga Schmidhuber’s artworks are structured in series and larger groups. Her focus is on painting per se, exploring the possibilities of the painterly and “solving acute, self-induced problems”. Levels of image and reality intermesh and overlap with painterly and graphic elements to create deformations and alienations.
Artworks by Helga Schmidhuber are displayed in dialogue with selected paintings by Hans Platschek at the Foundation’s stand in Hall 1 at art KARLSRUHE.
Previous winners of the Hans Platschek Prize include Jonathan Meese, Michael Kunze, Justin Almquist and Monica Bonvicini (2019).