Since 2000, the Preis der Nationalgalerie honours important young positions in international art and will be awarded for the eleventh time in 2021. The award recipients and nominees have since been among the defining protagonists of contemporary art.
Eligible for the Preis der Nationalgalerie are:
– Artists who are no older than the age of 40 at the time of nomination
– Artists of all nationalities who currently live and work in Germany
Selected curators and critics active in the field of contemporary art were invited to name candidates for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. The members of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie were also entitled to nominate. The closing date for suggestions for the longlist was in January 2021.
The first jury convened in February 2021, to select four artists from the candidates on the longlist for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. Among the criteria for nomination are: a high creative potential, a convincing artistic oeuvre to date and an exceptional, possibly novel artistic approach. The four artists nominated for the shortlist were announced in March 2021.
The four nominated artists will present their work in fall 2021 in a joint exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. It is left to the artists whether they show new or already existing works.
The second jury, like the first, is selected by the Nationalgalerie and the Freunde der Nationalgalerie.
The second jury will meet on the day of the award ceremony (October 7, 2021) and decide on the winner of Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. Crucial for choosing the winner are not only the works in the exhibition, but the complete works of the respective artist. The reasons for the decision will be subsequently set out in a written statement.
The award ceremony of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021 will take place on October 7, 2021. The announcement of the award winner is part of further festivities at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
Since 2013, the Preis der Nationalgalerie is no longer associated with prize money, but with a solo exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin in the following year. A publication will accompany the solo exhibition.
The result of the audience vote and with it the winner of the audience award will be announced in February 2022. The audience award is presented in cooperation with tip Berlin.
The solo exhibition of the recipient of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021 will take place in fall 2022 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.