The first jury for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021 consists of directors and curators active in the realm of contemporary art and is selected by Berlin’s Nationalgalerie and Freunde der Nationalgalerie.

The first jury met in February 2021 to select four artists from the candidates of the long list for the short list of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. The short list was announced on March 10, 2021.

After the opening of the short list exhibition on September 16, 2019, a second jury will meet to choose the award winner from the four artists nominated: the winner of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021 will then be announced at the award ceremony.

For more on the procedure of the Preis der Nationalgalerie here.

First Jury


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Since November 2020 Adam Budak is the Director of Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. Previously he served as the Artistic Director of the National Gallery Prague (2014-2020), curator for contemporary art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), 2012-13, and at the Kunsthaus Graz (Universalmuseum Joanneum Austria), 2003-2011. Budak curated numerous exhibitions, including Manifesta 7, Trentino Alto Adige, 2008, Venice Biennale (Polish Pavilion of the Architecture Biennale, 2004 and Estonian Pavilion at Art Biennale, 2013), two editions of Prague Biennale, three editions of the Biennale Gherdëina and Trienala Ladina. One of the most recently curated shows is a survey exhibition of Adrian Paci at the Albanian National Gallery in Tirana (2019). Budak’s interests are focused on the interdisciplinarity of contemporary art and the ontology of image.


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Andrea Lissoni is Artistic Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich. He holds a degree in Modern Art history (University of Pavia) and obtained a PhD from the University of Udine/Université Paris 1. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, Milan (2001–13), and at Bocconi University (2007–13), Milan, Lissoni sits on the Board of Film London and is Board Member of the EYE Prize, Amsterdam. Formerly Senior Curator, International Art (Film) at Tate Modern (2014-20) and previously curator at HangarBicocca, Milan, the co-founder of the independent network Xing and co-director of the international festival Netmage in Bologna (Live Arts Week since 2011), in 2012 he co-founded the online cinema Vdrome, which he runs with Filipa Ramos since. In 2018 he co-curated the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement The Sound of Screens imploding, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève (OGR Torino, 2019). In 2019 he worked on the launch of the CCA Tashkent, the first public contemporary art center in Uzbekistan, where he curated the solo show by Saodat Ismailova Qo’rg’on Chiroq. With Nicholas Serota and Katy Wan, he co-curated of the travelling exhibition Bruce Nauman (Tate Modern, 2020).


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Dr. Zoé Whitley is, since March 2020, director of Chisenhale Gallery in London’s East End. A leading non-profit space founded by artists, Chisenhale produces and commissions new works of art with emerging British and international artists. In 2020, Whitley curated Frieze London’s special themed section, Possessions, exploring spirituality and contemporary art, and co-curated Elijah Pierce’s America at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Previous exhibitions to her credit include Cathy Wilkes’ British Pavilion presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2019 and co-curating the award-winning Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She writes widely on contemporary artists and 20th century designers, including a children’s book on Frank Bowling and a forthcoming title in the same series on Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
She serves on the 2020-21 Arts Council Collection committee in the UK. Whitley serves on the boards of Creative Access, the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting under-represented talent in the creative industries, and Decolonising Arts Institute, University of the Arts London. Her prior roles include Senior Curator (Hayward Gallery), Curator, International Art (Tate Modern) and Curator of Contemporary Programmes (V&A).


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Franciska Zólyom works as a curator and is the director of GfZK – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. In collaboration with artists, researchers and experts of everyday life GfZK investigates processes of social transformation and explores transcultural phenomena: How does artistic work resonate with the cultural, political and economic context in which it takes place? How do methods of aesthetic research and critical analysis inform individual and collective agency? Many of the curatorial projects by Franciska Zólyom, such as Little Warsaw: The Battle of the Inner Truth, Experimental Jetset: Provo Station, Natascha Süder Happelmann: Ankersentrum, start out from these questions and unfold in the course of interdisciplinary and collaborative processes. At the same time these projects and processes are crucial for shaping the institution and the relations GfZK establishes.