Every two years since 2014, the foundation created by the Herford entrepreneur and art collector Heiner Wemhöner has been financing the Marta Award with an endowment of Euro 25,000. Alongside the award money, the award winners also receive the commission to produce a new work for the Marta Collection. The prize is awarded during the ceremonious opening of an individual exhibition, and also includes the production of an accompanying catalogue.
Every two years a preliminary jury proposes a maximum of ten candidates; individual applications are not possible. A second jury made up of the Board of trustees of the Foundation, a culturally engaged entrepreneur in the region as well as a director of another museum meets in private session to select the respective winner. The winner then has one year to develop a new work for the Marta Collection that is presented within the framework of an individual exhibition with accompanying publication.
Marta Award 2020: Brigitte Waldach
In her text bubbles, spatial drawings and sound installations, the former master student of Georg Baselitz, Brigitte Waldach, explores intellectual and literary connections. She repeatedly engages intensively with German history, from the persecution of the Jews at the time of National Socialism, right up to the mythology of the Red Army Faction (RAF) of the 1970s, but also most recently with the “Goldberg Variations” by J. S. Bach.
She will present her work for the Marta Collection in autumn 2020 in a monographic presentation with a selection of large-format drawings and a multifaceted room installation.