Playful irritations: Polish sculptor Monika Sosnowska receives the eighth Robert Jacobsen Prize

Künzelsau/Berlin. The eighth Robert Jacobsen Prize, endowed with a prize money of EUR 15,000, was awarded to Polish sculptor Monika Sosnowska (*1972) at the Würth Haus Berlin on Schwanenwerder island on 25 June 2009. 24 paper models of the artist's installations constituted the ceremony’s visual backdrop. Professor Dr. Armin Zweite, the director of Museum Brandhorst in Munich, gave the eulogy.

The jury of the Robert Jacobsen Prize consists of the Chairman of the Trust, Professor Reinhold Würth, represented by C. Sylvia Weber, Professor Hans Baschang, Sean Rainbird, Professor Harald Siebenmorgen, Lun Tuchnowski, Professor Armin Zweite, previous laureate Bernar Venet as well as Maria Jacobsen, Robert Jacobsen’s widow, as an honorary member. It was Sosnowska’s spacious work “1:1” in the Polish Pavilion of the 52nd Biennale in Venice 2007 that caught the jury’s attention. It cited Sosnowska’s location-related interventions and generally convincing formal argumentation as reasons for awarding her this year’s Prize, stating that they deformed their environment in a surprising, fresh and innovative manner, thereby presenting them in a new light, in a manner of speaking. The jury went on to say that this exposed the beholders to playful irritations, forcing them to review existing patterns of perception. What they consider to be of particular importance in Sosnowska’s works, which are mostly installation art, is the connection between the conception and the formal implementation, which has perfectly been geared towards the spatial architecture and permits sensory experiences through the mental exploration of space.

Monika Sosnowska, born in Ryki, Poland, in 1972, studied at the art academies in Pozna? and Amsterdam (1993-2000). After a one-year stay and several solo exhibitions in the Netherlands, which proved to be groundbreaking for her artistic career, she nevertheless consciously opted to return to post-socialist Poland in which a lively art and cultural landscape had sprung up. Ever since, Warsaw has been her new home; she lives and works in Warsaw and Berlin. Her still young artistic career has been defined by many group and solo exhibitions on the international terrain in Europe, the United States and Mexico, with the above-mentioned intervention at the 52nd Biennale in Venice in 2007 as well as the double exhibition with Andrea Zittel at Basle’s Schaulager standing out as particularly important.

Previous laureates of the Prize are Lun Tuchnowski (1993), Richard Deacon (1995), Magdalena Jetelová (1997), Gereon Lepper (1999/2000), Stephan Kern (2001/2002), Rui Chafes (2003/2004) and Bernar Venet (2005/2006), with Monika Sosnowska (2008/2009) thus joining an eminent line of sculptors honored with the Würth Trust’s Robert Jacobsen Prize. The Charitable Würth Trust was founded by Reinhold and Carmen Würth in 1987 to promote science, research, training, education, the arts and culture. On the initiative of the Chairman of the Trust, Reinhold Würth, the Robert Jacobsen Prize with a prize money of EUR 15,000 is awarded every two years in memory of the Danish sculptor since he passed away in 1993.

Information: Charitable Würth Trust

The Charitable Würth Trust was initiated by Reinhold and Carmen Würth in 1987. It supports a myriad of projects from the field of arts and culture, research and science as well as training and education. Currently, the trust capital amounts to EUR 4.1 million.

The Charitable Würth Trust develops own activities and additionally promotes projects of other institutions focusing on the Hohenlohe Region.

In 2005, the Competence Center Economic Education Baden-Württemberg was established under the roof of the Charitable Würth Trust, the aim of which it is to promote understanding for economic issues in schools. The competence center presents a Würth Education Prize every year.

Furthermore, the Charitable Würth Trust sponsors Freie Schule Anne Sophie, which was founded in Künzelsau in 2006. The school is a certified private school with all-day care for all school careers – from pre-school to high-school diploma. The school has its own educational concept.

The Charitable Würth Trust also administers the Foundation for the Promotion of Reinhold Würth Hochschule (College) of Heilbronn University, which is dedicated to the promotion of research and science at this university. It was granted a trust capital of EUR 10 million by the Würth Group.

Particularly important projects of other institutions that have been promoted on a regular basis include Hohenloher Kultursommer, the international violin competition, which is held every two years by Kulturstiftung Hohenlohe (Hohenlohe cultural foundation), the opera of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland in Weikersheim and the work of the historical association for Württemberg-Franconia.

At the moment, the Charitable Würth Trust awards the following prizes:

  • Würth Prize of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland
  • Robert Jacobsen Prize
  • Würth Education Prize