Ehrenhof-Preis

Following an initiative by the donor, Dr. Georg Landsberg, the Ehrenhof-Prize was established in 2016. In collaboration with Museum Kunstpalast, this prize will be awarded annually to graduates of the Düsseldorf Academy of Art. During the traditional spring exhibition Rundgang a jury determines a winner and awards the prize. In addition to the prize money the award includes a small museum exhibition with an accompanying publication the following year.

Ulrike Schulze

Ulrike Schulze, Arthur, 2017, painted ceramic, painted chipboard, bobbins, chipboard wedge 84,5 x 38,4 x 22,9 cm, Collection Museum Kunstpalast, inv. no. 0.2017.12, © Ulrike Schulze, 2017
Ulrike Schulze, Arthur, 2017, painted ceramic, painted chipboard, bobbins, chipboard wedge
84,5 x 38,4 x 22,9 cm, Collection Museum Kunstpalast, inv. no. 0.2017.12, © Ulrike Schulze, 2017
Ulrike Schulze, Jonathan, 2017, painted ceramic, painted chipboard, bobbins, chipboard wedge
71,1 x 37,3 x 26,2 cm, Collection Museum Kunstpalast, inv. no. 0.2017.13, © Ulrike Schulze, 2017


The first laureate of the Ehrenhof-Prize is Ulrike Schulze. She was born in 1985 and completed her studies with Rebecca Warren in 2016. In her sculptural works, she usually reflects on the places and conditions of her presentations, as in her exhibition at Museum Kunstpalast, which she entitled “Panama”. With a small number of raw objects made of building slabs, clay or concrete, she analyzes space. The cautious, yet precise positioning of her sculptures transforms the architecture into an equally important formal element of her work – certain peculiarities of the place become apparent, and the transitions from installation to exhibition space get murky. The indeterminacy of the work brings us to “Panama”. Apart from the real country, playful associations are triggered.

Morgaine Schäfer

Morgaine Schäfer Einladungskarte / Schwimmbad (Brome), 2017 Inkjet Print 21 x 29 cm © Morgaine Schäfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Morgaine Schäfer, invitation card / schwimming pool (Brome), 2017, inkjet print, 21 x 29 cm, © Morgaine Schäfer / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Morgaine Schäfer is the second laureate of the Ehrenhof-Prize. She was born 1989 in Wolfsburg and studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art with Christopher Williams. She received the prize for her work „Westen – wschód“ (The West), in which she reflects her own history on the basis of family photographs, leading to a fundamental questioning of her identity. With her exhibition at Museum Kunstpalast in 2018, she elaborates further on this subject and takes a group of wooden reliefs as her point of departure. These were crafted by one of the artist’s ancestors at the beginning of the 20th century and relate to the local tradition of timber framing. A photograph of their current presentation is the focal point of her new work. Morgaine Schäfer reflects the potential of photography as a medium while questioning the liability of hand crafted work and of regional as well as national identity. Her work contributes to the complex and at times contradictory ways in which identity is shaped. The exhibition is the contribution of Museum Kunstpalast to Düsseldorf Photo 2018. A publication by the artist will be published.

Aurel Dahlgrün

Aurel Dahlgrün, Nineteen Weeks of Water, 2018, Foto: Moritz Krauth
Aurel Dahlgrün, Nineteen Weeks of Water, 2018, Photo: Moritz Krauth

During the annual „round tour“ exhibition at the Art Academy, Aurel Dahlgrün (*1989) from the class of Christopher Williams received the Ehrenhof Prize for his work “Nineteen Weeks of Water”. He presents a square shaped metal basin filled with water collected with a dehumidifier in the rooms of the Academy. The larger amount of the water is kept in plastic containers placed in the exhibition space. Additionally, he shows large-scale heliogravures and a limited edition artist book devoted to the topic of water in its various appearances. At Museum Kunstpalast, a new presentation will be opened during the coming “round tour” exhibition in 2019.

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