Awardee Amelie von Wulffen

Amelie von Wulffen (Credit: Birgit Megerle)


Amelie von Wulffen is the Awardee of the Art Prize Ruth Baumgarte 2016. She received the Prize on May 13, 2017 at Berlinische Galerie. More than 200 personalities joined the Ceremony.

Born 1966 in Breitenbrunn, Germany, von Wulffen studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts from 1987 to 1994 under Daniel Spoerri and Olaf Metzel. She lives and works in Berlin.

In line with the founder’s oeuvre, the award jury deliberately chose an artist whose works are in the tradition of representational art. Amelie von Wulffen masterfully plays on a whole range of artistic levels at the same time. Be it collage, drawing, painting or installation: she portrays different periods and styles next to each other and inside each other, takes unusual perspectives and therefore interweaves motives from a collective memory, art history and amateur painting with each other. She creates new worlds full of ambivalence where she also does not leave out the dark side of human existence but deals with the theme offensively and not without (self-)irony.

She received the Villa Romana Award in 2000 and the ars viva Award in 2002. She attracted international attention at the latest when she participated in the 50th Biennale in Venice in 2003 and at Manifesta in San Sebastian in 2004. The Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel dedicated solo exhibitions to her in 2005. The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich showed a major retrospective in 2015. Her works could most recently be seen at Studio Voltaire in London.