Awardee Kader Attia

© Finnish National Gallery/ Pirje Mykkänen


Kader Attia, internationally known artist who lives in Algiers and Berlin received the Second Ruth Baumgarte Art Award which is endowed with 20,000 EUR.

The awards ceremony took place on 4 June 2016 at the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin-Kreuzberg. Around 200 guests visited the ceremony - among these, Philippe Etienne, french ambassador in Germany, actress Hannelore Hoger and many persons of Berlin's cultural society.

Kader Attia, born 1970 in France, grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris. He studied at academies at Barcelona and Paris. From 1995-98 he lived at Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

Attia's North African and West European roots nourrish his political art which focusses on the impact of colonialism on non-Western cultures. Central motif of his poetic work is the concept of "repair". For Attia, repair symbolizes objects' triumph on pain and destruction. Depending on its execution, repair is an expression of a specific cultural affiliation: the modern Western mind and the traditional extra-occidental thought have always had an opposite vision on repair.

Since the late 1990s the artist has drawn attention to himself through numerous international exhibitions; Biennial in Venice 2011 and documenta 13 in 2012 consolidated his international reputation. His works are represented at the Tate Modern London, the MoMa New York or the Collection Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Recently, the artist received the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016; the Kader Attia show at MMK Frankfurt has been nominated to "Exhibition of the Year 2016" by German AICA.

Press Reports on Kader Attia:

Scherben bringen Unglück, ART Magazin, März 2016

Die Wunden der Vergangenheit, ARD, Titel Thesen Temperamente, 8. April 2016

Kader Attia - Starke Augenöffner, Handelsblatt vom 8. April 2016

Kader Attia. Sacrifice and Harmony, Kunstforum international Juni/Juli 2016, S. 272f.

Exhibition and Prizes since the Awarding in 2016

Selected Solo Shows

Kader Attia, Gropius-Bau, Berlin (upcoming)

Kader Attia, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland, (upcoming, 28 May - 6 September 2020)

The Body´s Legacies. The Post-Colonial Body, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin, 21 February - 17 April 2019

The Museum of Emotion, The Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 13 February -6 May 2019

Roots Also Grow in Concrete, Culturgest Fundacao Caixa Geral de Depòsitos, Lisbon, Portugal, 20 October 2018 - 13 January 2019

Kader Attia. Scars Remind Us That Our Past Is Real, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, 15 June - 30 September 2018

Les racines poussent aussi dans le béton, MAC VAL, Musée d´art contemporain de Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France, 13 April - 16 September 2018

The Field of Emotion, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, 27 January - 13 May 2018

Kader Attia. Reason´s Oxymorons, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US, 5 January - 18 March 2018

Kader Attia. Architektur der Erinnerung, Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany, 15 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

Repairing The Invisible, SMAK, Gent, Belgium, 31 March - 1 October 2017

Kader Attia, MCA Sydney, Australia, 13 April - 30 July 2017

Reflecting Memory, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US, 21 January - 16 April 2017

Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 12 October 2016 - 29 January 2017

Sacrifice and Harmony, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 16 April - 14 August 2016

Art Awards

Premio Juan Miró, 2017, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

Yanghyun Art Prize, 2017, The Yanghyun Foundation, Seoul, South Korea

Prix Marcel Duchamp, 2016, Musée d´art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France