Michael Armitage Receives the 6th Ruth Baumgarte Art Award

©Fotografie Michael Armitage and Alexander Baumgarte, Hannover 2020, Ruth Baumgarte Art Foundation

"With Michael Armitage, the jury is honouring an artist who combines elements of Western European art history with the artistic tradition of Africa in his colourful, large-format oil paintings, developing his very own personal style. [...] Michael Armitage has become one of the most exciting artistic voices of the present day within a short time," said Dr Reinhard Spieler, Director of the Sprengel Museum Hannover and member of the award jury, explaining the foundation advisory board's decision.

Still represented at the Venice Biennale 2019, the first Michael Armitage exhibition was held in Africa this spring at the Norval Foundation in Cape Town. The artist has once again succeeded in forging a link between Europe and Africa with the upcoming major solo exhibition of his work at the Haus der Kunst in Munich starting in September 2020. Michael Armitage studied at the Slade School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London, which he graduated from at the age of 26 in 2010. Commuting between London and Nairobi also influences Michael Armitage's innovative painting style, which combines European painting tradition with specifically East African cultural themes. Political and economic criticism are tangible and pointedly sharpened through images and reports from newspapers, the Internet or television. Creating timelessly mythical symbols of human existence between the conflicting poles of love and violence, dream and reality, life and death despite the topicality.

Nan Goldin Receives the 5th Ruth Baumgarte Art Award

Nan Goldin, photograph by David Armstrong, 2000

Nan Goldin, born in Washington in 1953 and raised in Boston, began taking photographs in her early youth. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1974 to 1977. She now lives and works in New York, Paris and Berlin. In her photographs, Nan Goldin addresses serious themes such as violence, drugs, sex and death. She portrays and documents - always in a sensitive way - friends, acquaintances and herself in sometimes very personal and intimate snapshots. Over the decades, a kind of diary was created that, like the work of Ruth Baumgarte, places people at the centre of artistic interest, while at the same time unquestionably revealing the artist's strong empathetic attitude towards the people portrayed. In addition to major solo exhibitions in renowned museums and exhibition venues such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Berlinische Galerie, Nan Goldin’s works are also represented in numerous public collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern, London, and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.

Retrospective Exhibition of Ruth Baumgarte's Africa Cycle "Turn of the Fire" at Ludwig Museum at the State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg

On the occasion of this year's 95th birthday of German female painter Ruth Baumgarte (1923 - 2013) the Ludwig Museum at the State Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg will present the artist's africa-cycle "Turn of the Fire" in the premises of Marble Palace from September 5 until October 22, 2018.

The artist started exploring the African contintent already in the 1950s. At this time the continent still was unknown and seemed exotic from an european point of view. Since the early 1980s, Baumgarte became a regular visitor; and travelled within twenty years over fourty times to several south- and east-african states, especially to the Apartheid-embossed South Africa.

Through these journeys, even before a general art-historical discourse began, the artist started to address socio-political upheavels and processes in her expressive, in part seemingly apocalyptic works.

Already at the last turn of the year, the Ludwig Museum Koblenz presented the exhibition "Ruth Baumgarte. Turn of the Fire" with around 50 works of the artist. The show at St. Petersburg will present nearly the whole cycle at the main floor of the representative Marble Palace.

The exhibition will be documented in a hardcover publication in English and Russian language.






The Ludwig Museum in the State Russian Museum

Marble Palace

5 Millionnaya Str.

St. Petersburg



Mona Hatoum receives Ruth Baumgarte Art Award

Mona Hatoum 2017 © Nash Baker

The internationally renowned artist Mona Hatoum recieved the 4th Ruth Baumgarte Art Award on Saturday, 23 June at the Berlinische Galerie (Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture).

Mona Hatoum was born in 1952 in Lebanon as the daughter of a Palestinian family. With her installations and sculptures, performances and video works the artist has developed a special poetic-minimalistic language which is primarily characterised by the simultaneous generation of contrary emotions such as attraction and revulsion, fear and fascination. She places personal experiences in a global context, whereby her work obtains a political character.

Among other awards, the artist has been distinguished with the Roswitha Haftmann Prize (2004), the Käthe Kollwitz Prize (2010) and the Joan Miró Prize (2011). In addition to numerous exhibitions in international museums, she increasingly gained international attention through participation in the Venice Biennale (1995 and 2005) or the documenta in Kassel (2002 and 2017).