The Freunde der Kunstsammlung NRW, in cooperation with the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen and thanks to a generous financial support from the Reydan + Roger Weiss Foundation, award the new annual art prize “K21 Global Art Award”
The annual K21 Global Art Award celebrates the vision and courage of emerging and mid career artists. It will be offered to internationally recognized artists, aged 45 and under. The award highlights the museum’s acquisition policy to further enrich the K21 collection with significant international voices.
K21 is dedicated to current developments in international contemporary art and features paintings, drawings, immersive installations, video works and multi-disciplinary approaches by renowned contemporary artists from all regions, including Ed Atkins, Lutz Bacher, Cao Fei, Hito Steyerl, Raqs Media Collective and Ai Weiwei. Beyond presenting its collection and staging groundbreaking international exhibitions, the museum engages in critical debates with diverse communities and is eager to broaden the understanding of art and culture.
For several years now, K20 K21 has been undergoing a process of opening up. A central aim of the museum is not only to honour the heritage of its existing collection but also to continue to think about the museum and collection within the scope of societies changes, further developing the K21 collection with the criteria of polyphony, globality and digitalisation.
The K21 Global Art Award has a jury of five renowned museum directors and curators from across the world. The 2022/23 jury consists of Doryun Chong (M+, Hong Kong); Koyo Kouoh (Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Capetown); Omar Kholeif (Sharjah Art Foundation, Government of Sharjah, UAE); Oluremi C. Onabanjo, The Museum of Modern Art, New York); and Jochen Volz (Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo).
Each Jury Member has been invited to nominate two artists working in all media ranging from painting, serial works on paper, video works to fully immersive installations. This list of ten artists will then be submitted to the Friends of K20 K21 Selection Committee, who in turn selects the winning artist.
The Friends of K20K21 will acquire works of art by the selected artist for a high five-digit amount. This year, works worth 70,000 euros were acquired. This work of art will then be given on permanent loan to the collection of K20K21. The Award 2023 will be presented at K21.
Award winner K21 Global Art Award 2023
Established in 1969, the mission of the Friends of K20 K21 is to provide support to the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (K20 K21) and in particular to facilitate the expansion of the permanent collection. Following the advice of the director of the museum, the Friends finance the acquisition of selected artworks on behalf of the museum. While artworks by the Friends remain in their collection they are on permanent loan to the museum without restrictions. Thanks to the community of Friends, significant works by for example Park Seo-Bo, Max Ernst, Isa Genzken, Candida Höfer, Ellsworth Kelly, Alice Neel, Cy Twombly, Ai Weiwei and many more have entered the state collection in recent decades and will continue likewise in the future.
The 2022/23 Selection Committee Members for the K21 Global Art Award are Prof. Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Director K20 K21; Robert Rademacher, chairman of the Friends of K20 K21; Leopold Freiherr von Diergardt, board member of the friends, Anna-Alexandra Pfau, advisory board member and Gabriel Sulkowski, board member of the Friends. Important support is given to the Committee Members by Dr. Vivien Trommer, Head of Collections of the Kunstsammlung. Particular financial support for the K21 Global Art Award has come from the Reydan + Roger Weiss Stiftung.
The establishment of the K21 Global Art Award is but one example of the creative and sustained approach of the Friends of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in supporting the endeavours of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.