Rosella Biscotti wins the Mies van der Rohe-Preis 2013

Rosella Biscotti wins the Mies van der Rohe-Preis 2013

Rossella Biscotti convinced the jury with her critical reflections on historical and architectural issues and their translation into sculptures and situational interventions. With this the artist injects new topicality into socio- political topics from the past and allows them to be experienced in a sensual manner. Rossella Biscotti was born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy, studied in Naples at the Accademia di Belle Arti (1998- 2002), and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Her work was most recently to be seen in 2012 in a solo exhibition at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius.

Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006

Rossella Biscotti, The Sun Shines in Kiev, 2006

Rossella Biscotti, Library, 2010 (detail)
Rossella Biscotti, The Heads in Question, 2009
Rossella Biscotti, Title One: The tasks of the Community,
Lead cables from Ignalina NPP (detail)
Rossella Biscotti, Title One: The tasks of the Community, Copper cables from Ignalina NPP (detail)

The Mies van der Rohe Stipend, inaugurated in 1979 by the City of Krefeld, is regularly awarded every two years. It offers as purse of 5,000 euros. The winner works and lives for an agreed on period in the studio apartment in Haus Esters, Krefeld (Germany) and realize an artistic project for the location, based on his or her deliberations on its design and its history. The houses Lange and Esters were designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1927. The work by the artist is documented by an exhibition and a full catalogue and brought to the attention of a wider audience.

Rossella Biscotti will be given an exhibition from April to August 2013 in Museum Haus Esters in Krefeld (Germany). Çelenk Bafra (Istanbul Modern), Ben Borthwick (Artes Mundi, Cardiff) and Kestutis Kuizinas (Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius) each nominated two artists for 2013: Rossella Biscotti, Andrea Büttner, Burak Delier, Gintaras Didziapetris, Pilvi Takala and Emily Wardill.

The jury members were Christiane Hoffmans (arts editor, Düsseldorf), Enrico Lunghi (Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg, Thomas Thiel (Bielefelder Kunstverein), Martin Hentschel (Kunstmuseen Krefeld) and Sylvia Martin (Kunstmuseen Krefeld).

Kunstmuseen Krefeld