Birgit Brenner receives art award of the city of Wolfsburg

01. February 2020

The renowned Wolfsburg art prize "Junge Stadt sieht Junge Kunst" goes to the Berlin artist Birgit Brenner in 2020.

Accompanying the award ceremony at 25 October 2020, the solo exhibition "Promise Me" of the artist will be shown at the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg until 25 April 2021. Additionally there is a purchase for the collection of the Städtische Galerie.

In its statement of grounds, the jury writes: "Birgit Brenner's works deal with everyday life in a socially critical way. She has developed her own pictorial language, which is not limited to one medium. In the juxtaposition of analog and digital viewing patterns, of perfection and do-it-yourself, of real life and artificial construction, the artist formulates commentaries and questions on current virulent themes."

The Art Prize of the City of Wolfsburg was first awarded in 1959 and sees itself as a promotional initiative for artists who are in the middle of their careers. Ideally, it can act as a catalyst for retrospection and further development. In recent years the art prize has been awarded to Thomas Schütte, Katharina Fritsch, Olaf Nicolai, Jörg Herold, Angela Bulloch, Bernhard Martin, Bettina Pousttchi and Julius von Bismarck, among others.

Birgit Brenner was born in Ulm in 1964. She studied with Rebecca Horn at the Berlin University of the Arts and graduated in 1996. Since 2007 she has been Professor of Installation at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. Since September 2019 she has been a ten-month scholarship holder at Villa Massimo in Rome.