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for concret-constructive art

03.11.2018 bis 17.02.2019

The fifth time, kunsthalle messmer awarded one of the world’s most important art prizes in the field of Concrete-Constructive Art. The 100 selected works provide a deep insight into the current and international work of the concrete-constructive scene. The exhibition presents a tableau of various media and formal languages, which come together under the patronage of the concrete-constructive. This exhibition shows clearly how different and private the artists have dealt with the same direction of art.

André Evard, Le Couvert, 1924

A renowned jury of experts selected the winner of this highly endowed prize. The jury consists of the collector and museum founder Marli Hoppe-Ritter from Waldenbuch, Sabine Schaschl, director and leading curator of the Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich, and Ewald Karl Schrade, gallery owner and initiator of the Art Karlsruhe. The winning prize of 10,000 euros will be shared among the top three artists of the exhibition. Also there was be an audience award.

The winners of the 5th international andré evard-award 2018 are:

1. Preis: Rüdiger Seidt (D) mit 5.000 €

Rüdiger Seidt, Circletetra, 2018

2. Preis: Antonio Marra (I) mit 3.000 €

  Antonio Marra, Die Weisheit der Seegurken, 2018

2. Preis: Christiane Grimm (D) mit 2.000 €

Christiane Grimm, Shades of blue, 2018.

The places 4 – 8 went in descending order to Werner Dorsch (D), Mariano Ferrante (ARG), Laszlo Otto (HUN), OMI Riesterer (D) and Christian Rudolph.

The Audience Award went to Antonio Marra. (The winner of the audience prize will be notified by us)

Participating artists 2018:

Dedicated to the Art Prize André Evard (1876-1972), who is regarded as a pioneer of Swiss Modernism and devoted himself during his lifetime not to the abstract-geometric art but also to the figurative form of paintings.

The term “constructive”, derived from the constructivism of Vladimir Tatlin’s relief constructions and the suprematist works of Kasimir Malevich (1914), refers to an abstract, non-objective painting and sculpture. Line, area and color are used freely. “Concrete” means the working method of an artist, who describes his work according to a predetermined, for example geometrical-mathematical concept and thus sets the spontaneous action limits. In its truest meaning, it is not “abstract,” since it does not abstract anything existing in material reality, but, on the contrary, materializes the spiritual. It has no symbolic meaning, and is produced purely by geometric construction. The term Concrete Art was introduced in 1924 by Theo van Doesburg and programmatically defined in 1930 in a manifesto when the group “Art concret” was founded.

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