Awardee Kader Attia

© Finnish National Gallery/ Pirje Mykkänen


Kader Attia, internationally known artist who lives in Algiers and Berlin received the Second Ruth Baumgarte Art Award which is endowed with 20,000 EUR.

The awards ceremony took place on 4 June 2016 at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Around 200 guests visited the ceremony - among these, Philippe Etienne, french ambassador in Germany, actress Hannelore Hoger and many persons of Berlin's cultural society.

Kader Attia, born 1970 in France, grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris. He studied at academies at Barcelona and Paris. From 1995-98 he lived at Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

Attia's North African and West European roots nourrish his political art which focusses on the impact of colonialism on non-Western cultures. Central motif of his poetic work is the concept of "repair". For Attia, repair symbolizes objects' triumph on pain and destruction. Depending on its execution, repair is an expression of a specific cultural affiliation: the modern Western mind and the traditional extra-occidental thought have always had an opposite vision on repair.

Since the late 1990s the artist has drawn attention to himself through numerous international exhibitions; Biennial in Venice 2011 and documenta 13 in 2012 consolidated his international reputation. His works are represented at the Tate Modern London, the MoMa New York or the Collection Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Recently, the artist received the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016; the Kader Attia show at MMK Frankfurt has been nominated to "Exhibition of the Year 2016" by German AICA.

Press Reports on Kader Attia:

Scherben bringen Unglück, ART Magazin, März 2016

Die Wunden der Vergangenheit, ARD, Titel Thesen Temperamente, 8. April 2016

Kader Attia - Starke Augenöffner, Handelsblatt vom 8. April 2016

Kader Attia. Sacrifice and Harmony, Kunstforum international Juni/Juli 2016, S. 272f.