Kerstin Brätsch + Mount Trailer
August Macke Prize 2014
10. May – 28. June 2015
The August Macke Prize for painting granted every three years by the county of Hochsauerland, was awarded in 2014 to Kerstin Brätsch.
The exhibition in association with the prize opened at Kunstverein Arnsberg on May 10th 2015. In the exhibition, entitled ‘Kerstin Brätsch with Mount Trailer’, Brätsch is showing new works alongside works by students of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, encompassing twenty-two positions.
The prize to commemorate August Macke has been awarded since 1959 to distinguished artists from the younger generation. The same year Kerstin Brätsch was awarded the prize; she held a position as a guest professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich. Out of this situation, a concept for the exhibition at the Kunstverein Arnsberg developed: Brätsch invited her students to participate alongside her in the exhibition.
‘Mount Trailer’ was a journey undertaken by Kerstin Brätsch and her students at the beginning of the year to the Lenzenberghütte mountain lodge in Allgau, Germany. During this trip, a multitude of works and actions arose around an exhibition staged in the mountain cottage, where their efforts worked towards defining a present-day ritual, traces of which can be followed to the Kunstverein Arnsberg.
Collaged images of the performances, hikes, readings, plays, and meals undertaken by the group form the literal background onto which all the exhibited work is presented. A conversation and collaboration comes forth with this mode of presentation providing a space for painting to be brought into a wider sphere of action, allowing its role to be newly defined.
Mount Trailer 2015