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Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian

Schering Stiftung Art Award 2007

Nairy Baghramian

Nairy Baghramian

Schering Stiftung Art Award 2007

The Schering Stiftung Art Award 2007 goes to Nairy Baghramian. In Nairy Baghramian’s sculptures, glass, metal and textile elements play a key role. Her work refers to the repertoire of modernist forms in architecture and design and fascinates by its perfect use of materials and proportions.

The jury gave the award to the Berlin-based artist, because her work is not only of high quality, but also shows an original, independent position. “Baghramian draws on the potential of architectural sculpture and has a high degree of sculptural and technical precision,” said the jury to explain its decision. “What seems at first glance slightly reduced and almost suppressed, quickly turns out to be very complex and derived from numerous dualities. Sculptural density is set against emptiness, stability against lability, opening against limiting, simple form against ‘broken’ spatial images, surface against depth, white against black. In sum, her spatial installations, which create a referential and relations system between the real architecture and her sculpture, between space and observer, can be called silent and sparse spaces for reflection.”

The biennial art award of the Schering Stiftung honors talented young artists who hold the promise of further outstanding achievements in the future. In 2007, the award was offered in the field of sculpture. In 2005, the Schering Stiftung Art Award was presented in the field of painting. Award recipient was Cornelia Renz.The nominees for the Schering Stiftung Art Award 2007 were Nairy Baghramian, Thorsten Brinkmann, Jan Bünnig, Michael Sailstorfer and Marco Schuler. Works by all five artists will be on display at the Berlinische Galerie in an exhibition curated by Ursula Prinz, from January 19 through April 9, 2007.

“The Schering Stiftung Art Award not only recognizes a young artist, but also emphasizes the importance of Berlin as a capital of culture,” said Klaus Wowereit, mayor of Berlin, in his welcome address at the award ceremony. “The Berlinische Galerie is exactly the right place to make young art accessible to a broader public.”


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Born in 1972 in Bühl/Baden, lives and works in Munich. Centering on the relationship of the human body to its spatial environment, Marco Schuler's artwork deals with this subject matter both performatively and sculpturally. For his objects, Schuler uses simple materials such as cardboard, wooden four-by-fours, canvas and tar. His sculptures make us feel the tension between the search for transcendence and an immediate physical-spatial experience.

1993 Studied Philosophy, University of Freiburg
1994–2001 Studied Sculpture, Munich Academy of Fine Arts
1998 Master-class Student of Olaf Metzel, Munich Academy of Fine Arts
2003 Assistant of Olaf Metzel

Stipends and Honors (Selection)

2002 DAAD–Project Stipend, Los Angeles
2003 Award of the City of Munich – Studio Stipend of the Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, in Rotterdam
2004 Bavarian State Award for Fine Arts

Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selection) 2000 ins, Haus der Kunst, Munich 2001 transmediale, Berlin
2002 Longham Gallery, South Normandie, Los Angeles (S), Marco Schuler, Galerie im Tor, Emmendingen (S) - Suchmaschine, Zeppelinmuseum, Friedrichshafen (S) - everything is beautiful, Galerien der Stadt Esslingen am Neckar, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
2003 März, April, Mai 2003, Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam (S) - 4x4, Galerie Charles Schumann, Munich - TENT, Witte de With, Rotterdam - Einblicke, Haus der Kunst, Munich
2004 Rote Zelle, Munich (S) - Dreiklang. Video Skulptur Fotografie, Wilma Tolksdorf Art Gallery, Frankfurt/Main
2005 Atelier Bischoff, Lahr (S) - Here is always somewhere else, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam & IDFA International Documentary Filmfestival, Amsterdam
2006 YBA, Gagosian-Gallery, 4th Berlin Biennial, Berlin

S = Solo Exhibition


Born in 1979 in Velden/Vils, lives and works in Berlin. Found objects of everyday life and their transformation are at the center of the work of Michael Sailstorfer. The things that he puts to new use through partly subtle, partly strong interventions are vehicles of the imaginary and always also meant to be themselves. Many of his works are designed to be performative and thus add a temporal aspect to the spatial dimension.

1999 Studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts
2003–04 MA Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, London
Stipends and Honors (Selection)
2001 Working Stipend Dr. Reissmüller Foundation

Prizes and Awards

2002 Prize of the Darmstädter Sezession - Award of the Christian Karl Schmidt Foundation, Art Forum Berlin – Ida Wolff Memorial Prize of the City of Munich - A. T. Kearney Academy Prize of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts
2003 Stipend of the German National Merit Foundation
2006 "ars viva" Art Award of the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries (BDI)

Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2002 Und sie bewegt sich doch!, Museumsplatz, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich (S) - Heimatlied, Galerie Markus Richter, Berlin (S)
2003 Wings of Art, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen
2004 Dämmerung, attitudes – espace d'arts contemporaines, Genf (S) - Bewegliche Teile, Formen des Kinetischen, Kunsthaus Graz - Manifesta 5, San Sebastian
2005 Zeit ist keine Autobahn, Rote Zelle, Munich (S) - U, Zink & Gegner Art Gallery, Munich (S) – Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal (S) - Hoher Besuch, MARTa, Herford (S) - Der Schein trügt, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles (S) - Zeit ist keine Autobahn, Zero..., Milan (S) – Rückkehr ins All, Galerie der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Hamburg - Things Fall Apart All Over Again, Artists Space, New York
2006 Johann König Art Gallery, Berlin (S) - Momentum 2006, Nordic Art Festival, Moss, Norway - Verkehrskultur, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster - Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennial, Berlin - Bühne des Lebens, Rhetorik des Gefühls, Kunstbau, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

S = Solo Exhibition


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Born in 1969 in Herne, lives and works in Hamburg

For his sculptures and installations, Thorsten Brinkmann assembles everyday objects into new, unexpected constellations. The source material of his works is the things sorted out and thrown away in our industrialized consumer society. He is interested in the things themselves, in their formal qualities and in their history that can be read through traces of use.

1991–94 Worked as Photography Assistant
1994–97 Studied Visual Communications at the Kassel Academy of Art
1997–2002 Studied Art at the Hamburg Academy of Arts
2002–04 Graduate Study with Franz Erhard Walther at the Hamburg Academy of Arts

Stipends and Honors (Selection)

1999 Dietze Foundation Scholarship for Gifted Students, Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts
2006 Work Stipend 2006 of the City of Hamburg

Solo and Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2003 Aussenlager, Trottoir Art Gallery, Hamburg (S) - Volle Ladung / Halbe Halde, Acht P Art Gallery, Bonn (S) - 4. OG, Alsterhaus, Hamburg
2004 Spielfeld, Feld für Kunst, Hamburg - Index 04, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg
2005 Artfinder Gallery, Hamburg (S) - Pilot: 2, London
2006 Alle hat kein Ende, Kunstagenten Contemporary Art Gallery, Berlin (S) - Salon, White Trash Contemporary Art Gallery, Hamburg (S) - GruppeSpatial Shift, Museum of Urban Sculpture, St. Petersburg - Preview Berlin, Kunstagenten Contemporary Art Gallery, Berlin
2007 Kunstagenten Contemporary Art Gallery, Berlin (S)

S = Solo Exhibition


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