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Trisha Donnelly Wins Museum Ludwig’s 2017 Wolfgang Hahn Prize

Installation view of "Trisha Donnelly" at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, 2016. ©SERRALVES FOUNDATION, PORTO, PORTUGAL/FILIPE BRAGA

Installation view of “Trisha Donnelly” at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, 2016.


The Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, announced today that Trisha Donnelly has won its 2017 Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The New York–based artist, who recently had a solo show at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, will now receive an exhibition at the Museum Ludwig. A sum of money, with a maximum amount of €100,000 (about $106,000), is typically given to the winner, though the amount awarded to Donnelly was not specified in a new release.

Donnelly’s work (some of which will now be acquired by the Museum Ludwig) takes a wide variety of forms—installations, photographs, performances, drawings, videos, and writings, often dealing with time and perception. Hers are typically slow works that demand patience and often rely on a knowledge of the space in which they’re exhibited.

“Trisha Donnelly is without doubt one of the most compelling artists of our time whose work offers entirely new ways of experiencing and thinking about form,” Suzanne Cotter, the director of the Serralves Museum, said in a statement. Cotter added, “As an artist she occupies a position of committed resistance to the easy appropriation of art as something contained and ultimately controllable. At the same time, the extraordinary generosity of her work, that touches on the visual—in particular the photographic—the spoken, the aural and the physical, is electrifying in its permission.”

Cotter was a member of the prize’s jury. She was joined by Yilmaz Dziewior, the director of the Museum Ludwig; Mayen Beckmann, the chairwoman of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst; and Gabriele Bierbaum, Sabine DuMont Schütte, Jörg Engels, and Robert Müller-Grünow, all of whom are board members of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst.

Donnelly’s exhibition is currently slated to open on April 25. Until then, her work can be seen at “Less Than One,” a show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis featuring work from the museum’s collection.

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