The first jury for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 consists of directors and curators active in the realm of contemporary art and is selected by Berlin’s Nationalgalerie and Freunde der Nationalgalerie. In addition, two members of the Deutsche Filmakademie are selected as member of the first jury.

The first jury will meet in February 2017 to select four artists from the candidates of the long list for the short list of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017. The short list will be announced in March 2017.

In July 2017, the first jury will convene once again to decide the winner of the Förderpreises für Filmkunst (Award for Cinematography), which will be awarded at the award ceremony in October 2017.

A second jury, consisting of internationally renowned directors and curators of contemporary art, will be announced at a reception of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie held at the opening of the Venice Biennale. It will also be selected by the Nationalgalerie together with Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

After the opening of the short list exhibition in September 2017, the second jury will meet to choose the award winner from the four artists nominated: the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017 will then be announced at the award ceremony.

For more on the procedure of the Preis der Nationalgalerie here

Second Jury


Photo: Igor Zaplatil

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and writer, who has served since 1993 as Director of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, comprised since 2011 of two locations: the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. In her work, Badovinac highlights the difficult processes of redefining history alongside different avant-garde traditions within contemporary art. Badovinac’s first exhibition to address these issues was Body and the East – From the 1960s to the Present (1998). She also initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast 2000+. One of her most important recent projects is NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst – The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Moderna galerija, 2015. Badovinac was Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1997 and 2005 and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2002 and the President of CIMAM, 2010-13.


Photo: Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Sven Beckstette is a research associate at Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. He studied art history, German philology and modern and recent history in Münster and Berlin and was awarded his doctorate in 2008 with a thesis on “History Painting in the Twentieth Century”. From 2009-10 he was a research assistant at Lenbachhaus, Munich. From 2010-2012 he was editor-in-chief of the Berlin art magazine “Texte zur Kunst”, and still has a seat on its advisory board. From 2012-16 he was curator at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. He has been a curator at the Nationalgalerie since November 2016.
Last exhibitions (selection): Dieter Roth. Balle balle Knalle (2014/15); I Got Rhythm. Kunst und Jazz seit 1920 (2015/16); Amie Siegel. Part 2. Ricochet (2016).


Photo: Musacchio Ianniello, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

Hou Hanru is a prolific writer and curator based in Rome, Paris and San Francisco. He is currently the Artistic Director of MAXXI (National Museum for 21st Century Art and National Museum of Architecture), Rome, Italy. He has curated and co-curated around 100 exhibitions for the last two decades across the world including: China/Avant-Garde (National Museum of Art of China, Beijing, 1989), Cities On The Move (1997-2000), Shanghai Biennale (2000), Venice Biennale (French Pavilion, 1999, Chinese Pavilion, 2007), the 2nd Guangzhou Triennial (2005), the 10th Istanbul Biennial (2007), the 10th Biennale de Lyon (2009). Open Museum Open City (MAXXI, Rome, 2014), Istanbul, Passion, Joy, Fury (MAXXI, Rome, 2015). He is a consultant for numerous cultural institutions. He frequently contributes to various journals on contemporary art and culture and lectures and teaches in numerous international institutions.


Photo: Juliane Eirich

Udo Kittelmann has been director of the Nationalgalerie, a division of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, since 2008. From 1994 until 2001 he was director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne. He was appointed to direct the German pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennale and presented Gregor Schneider’s Totes Haus u r, which won the Golden Lion. From 2002 until 2008, Kittelmann led the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In 2013, he was curator of the Russian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, presenting Vadim Zakharov’s project Danaë. Kittelmann has curated numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad and written widely on contemporary art.


Photo: Daniel Dorsa

Sheena Wagstaff leads The Met’s work in Modern and Contemporary Art both at The Met Breuer and The Met Fifth Avenue. Wagstaff initiates and directs the Met Breuer’s international exhibition program, with a core program strand combining ancient and modern art – by taking its cue from the scope of The Met’s global collections. She is also responsible for building and expanding the collection culturally and geographically, working with a team of curators with deep trans-cultural expertise in 20th and 21st century art. Prior to The Met, Wagstaff was Chief Curator of Tate Modern and has also held positions at Tate Britain; The Frick Art Museum, Pittsburgh; the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. In addition to personally curating many exhibitions, she has overseen the curatorial direction of over 50 exhibitions.

First Jury


Photo: Joachim Gern

Meret Becker is an artist of many faces: actress, composer, singer, producer. In the early 1990s, she first became known to the general film public with Sönke Wortmann’s Kleine Haie. She won the Grimme-Preis as best young actress in 1991 for Fremde Liebe Fremde. In 1993, she was awarded the Bayerischer Filmpreis for her roles in Margarethe von Trotta’s Das Versprechen and in Dominik Graf’s Die Sieger. For Comedian Harmonists she won the Deutscher Filmpreis and the Goldene Kamera in 1997. That same year, she was a member of the star ensemble of Helmut Dietl’s Rossini. Her most famous films include Pünktchen und Anton (1998), Komm Näher (2006), Boxhagener Platz (2010), and Feuchtgebiete (2013). Meret Becker is constantly appearing before the camera for film and television. Since 2014, she has been playing Inspector Nina Rubin alongside Mark Waschke for the German TV series Tatort. On stage, she has performed in legendary productions like Im Weißen Rössl (1994), Sid and Nancy (1995), Die Sieben Todsünden directed by Pina Bausch, and Pierrot Lunaire under the direction of Kent Nagano, and currently works as a member of the ensemble at Berliner Ensemble with director Claus Peymann. As a singer and musician, she has been performing for 25 years before national and international audiences and has recorded several CDs. In the fall of 2012, she was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz by President Gauck for “extraordinary artistic and social commitment.”


Photo: Dorothee Falke

After completing high school, Alexander Beyer studied at Berlin’s Schauspielschule Ernst Busch. In 1997, he premiered in Frank Beyer’s version of Der Hauptmann von Köpenick. To German film audiences, Beyer became well known as the best friend of the dreamer Micha in Leander Haußmann’s comedy Sonnenallee (1999). Later, he was featured in several films that dealt with the GDR, East Berlin, and eastern Germany after unification, like Volker Schlöndorff’s Die Stille nach dem Schuss (2000), the eccentric drama Maria am Wasser by Thomas Wendrich (2009), and Wolfgang Becker’s tragicomedy Goodbye, Lenin! (2003). After numerous additional roles in film and television, Alexander Beyer had his international breakthrough in 2007 when he took on one of the leading roles in Robert Dornhelm’s four-part TV adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. He gathered international experience working on Alexander Buravsky’s world war epic Leningrad (2009) and Spike Lee’s war film Miracle at St. Anna (2008). Recently, he gained international acclaim for his role as “GDR sleeper” Tobias Tischbier in the internationally and domestically celebrated TV series Deutschland 83 (2015) and starred in the TV trilogy Mitten in Deutschland: NSU (2016). His last role on the big screen was in Burg Schreckenstein (2016).


Photo: Mark Blower

Natasha Ginwala is a curator, researcher, and writer. She is curator of Contour Biennale 8 and curatorial advisor for documenta 14 (2017). Recent projects include My East Is Your West featuring Shilpa Gupta and Rashid Rana at the 56th Venice Biennale; Still Against the Sky at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and Corruption: Everybody Knows… with e-flux, New York within the framework of the SUPERCOMMUNITY project. She was a member of the artistic team for the 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (with Juan A. Gaitán) and curated The Museum of Rhythm at Taipei Biennial 2012 (with Anselm Franke) and at Muzeum Sztuki 2016–2017 (with Daniel Muzyczuk). Ginwala writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications.


Photo: Alain Bublex

Alice Motard is Chief Curator at CAPC musée d’art contemporain in Bordeaux. She worked as the Deputy Director and Exhibitions Organiser of Raven Row in London from 2008 to 2013, where among others, she curated the group exhibition Unto This Last (2010), and co-curated The Stuff That Matters (2012), the first exhibition of the collection of historic textiles assembled by Seth Siegelaub, and the first posthumous retrospective of the work of the Czech artist Běla Kolářová (2013). From 2014 to 2016, whe was Curator at Spike Island in Bristol, where she curated an off-site project by Gareth Moore and the first solo exhibitions in a public art gallery in the UK by Anna Franceschini, Isabelle Cornaro, Reto Pulfer, Michael Beutler and Xavier Antin. She holds MAs in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art in London and in Art History from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/Freie Universität Berlin.


Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

Alya Sebti is head of ifa-Galerie Berlin, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. She has curated several exhibitions in Europe and North Africa and was the artistic director for the 5th edition of the Marrakech Biennale (2014) before conceiving for Mons European Capital of Culture in 2015 the exhibition Casablanca, black energy. She recently curated exhibitions include: Solo show of Hicham Berrada (Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, 2015); Carrefour / Treffpunkt (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, ifa-gallery Stuttgart, Berlin, 2015); Now eat my script with Mounira Al Solh (KW, Berlin, 2015); Equilibres / Ausgleich with Hicham Berrada and Felix Kiessling (Wentrup Gallery, Berlin, 2014); Of Other Spaces (Public space Morocco / Netherlands, 2013); You never left with Youssef Nabil (Casablanca, 2011); Reza Aramesh /Shadi Ghadirian (Rabat, 2010). From 2012 to 2014, she created a cycle of online exhibitions and publications on contemporary art in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia with Arte East. In 2016, she teaches On Curating, translating the polyphony of Voices at the Salzburg International Academy. She is board member of the International Biennale Association.