The Recipients of the BEST Art Prize

Peter Uka, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 2020, Photo: Katja Illner

For ten years, the BEST Art Prize has been awarded to artists at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. The prize enables talented young artists to develop their artistic practice without economic pressures for one year. This support for artists at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf has proven to be a valuable grant program.

For the first time, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf is bringing together the winners ranging from 2010 to 2020 in a group exhibition to mark the tenth anniversary of the BEST Art Prize. The grant recipients include numerous artists who have made a name for themselves as rising stars in the art world after their graduation. Recent years have also included promising young artists who are currently studying at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Thus, the exhibition spans a wide variety of positions, which enter into a surprising dialogue due to their aesthetic differences.

The exhibition is curated by Raphael Nocken in cooperation with Gregor Jansen.

Artists: Silke Albrecht, Arno Beck, Nils Bleibtreu, Donja Nasseri, Fabian Pfleger, Fynn Ribbeck, Lucia Sotnikova, Peter Uka, Moritz Wegwerth

For a virtual tour through the exhibition click here.


Arno Beckwithout title, 2020Acrylic on canvas© Arno Beck / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020 Photo: Katja Illner

Arno Beck
without title, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
© Arno Beck / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Photo: Katja Illner

Fynn RibbeckKiss64, 2020Plastics, plastering© Fynn RibbeckPhoto: Katja Illner

Fynn Ribbeck
Kiss64, 2020
Plastics, plastering
© Fynn Ribbeck
Photo: Katja Illner

Donja Nasseriwoman who would be king, 2020 Canvas© Donja Nasseri

Donja Nasseri
woman who would be king, 2020
© Donja Nasseri

Silke AlbrechtRaster (2), 2020© Silke Albrecht / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020Photo: Katja Illner

Silke Albrecht
Raster (2), 2020
© Silke Albrecht / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Photo: Katja Illner

Fabian PflegerWag es ja nicht!, 2020Oil on canvas© Fabian PflegerPhoto: Katja Illner

Fabian Pfleger
Wag es ja nicht!, 2020
Oil on canvas
© Fabian Pfleger
Photo: Katja Illner

Nils BleibtreuThe anti Years, 2020 © Nils Bleibtreu

Nils Bleibtreu
The anti Years, 2020
© Nils Bleibtreu

Moritz WegwerthRESORT (film still), 2020HD 4K, 12 Min.© Moritz Wegwerth / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Moritz Wegwerth
RESORT (film still), 2020
HD 4K, 12 Min.
© Moritz Wegwerth / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020

Lucia SotnikovaVirulent Gaze, 2020Art print, wood frame© Lucia Sotnikova

Lucia Sotnikova
Virulent Gaze, 2020
Art print, wood frame
© Lucia Sotnikova


Episode 1

Exhibition tour with the curator Raphael Nocken


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