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Kunsthalle Bremen presents Sunset: A Celebration of the Sinking Sun and the 48th Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen

Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2022
August 27–October 30, 2022

Sunset: A Celebration of the Sinking Sun
November 26, 2022–April 2, 2023

Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2022

One of the most significant prizes for contemporary art in Germany, the 30,000 EUR Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen, will be given out for the 48th time in 2022. It recognizes contemporary German-speaking visual artists who have made great contributions to the field. An artist whose work will be shown in an exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bremen was independently recommended by eminent curators. This year’s nominees are: Karimah Ashadu, Nadja Buttendorf, Pınar Öğrenci, Leunora Salihu, Oskar Schmidt, Marianna Simnett, Wanda Stolle, Noemi Weber and Anna Witt. Over the course of the exhibition, a renowned international jury will determine the prize winner. Over the past years, recipients have included Ulrike Müller (2020), Arne Schmitt (2018), Emeka Ogboh (2016), Nina Beier (2014), Daniel Knorr (2012), Thea Djordjadze (2009), Ulla von Brandenburg (2007), Clemens von Wedemeyer (2005), Tino Sehgal (2003), Olafur Eliasson (1997), or Wolfgang Tillmans (1995).

Sunset: A Celebration of the Sinking Sun

People adore sunsets. Nearly everyone finds the experience of the sun setting and melting into a stunning display of colors in the evening sky to be captivating and profoundly touching. Although it is a daily occurrence, it is nevertheless seen as a decisive action. We can discover millions of pictures of sunsets online for a reason.

This excessively well-liked motif has lost its charm from the perspective of the fine arts; it is now regarded as tacky and twee. The Kunsthalle Bremen’s show Sunset spans the course of art history in an effort to repair its reputation. Viewers are taken from romanticism to the twenty-first century through significant loans and pieces from its own collection. These pieces depict the emotional impact of a single moment in time that serves as a metaphor for life and its fleeting nature, breathtaking beauty, dreams and upheavals, and end-of-the-the-world visions. In addition, many modern works reflect our perspective and the issues we encounter when contemplating this glorious display today. They look at the intersection of art and kitsch, artistic responses to the physics of the afterglow and twilight hour phenomenon, and atmospheric research in both a figurative and concrete environmental sense.

A total of around 150 paintings, drawings, graphics, photographs, videos and installations by, among others Anna Ancher, Heike Kati Barath, Carl Gustav Carus, Lyonel Feininger, Fischli & Weiss, Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, Emil Nolde, Jörg Sasse, Norbert Schwontkowski and Félix Vallotton become a cosmos that leads into art history and puts the change in cultures of perception up for discussion right up to the present.

Kunsthalle Bremen
Am Wall 207
28195 Bremen
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