Berlin’s Academy der Künste (AdK) announced on Tuesday that Israeli Born, Berlin Based artist Eran Schaerf is the 2013 recipient of their prestigious Käthe Kollwitz Prize. Along with the €12,000 in prize money, Schaerf will have an exhibition of new production at the AdK in September of next year, opening on September 20 to coincide with the second annual Berlin Art Week.
Born in Tel Aviv, Schaerf first studied architecture at Israel’s Givtayim before transferring to the Universität der Künste (UdK) in Berlin. Most recently, he was part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s September exhibition “Between Walls and Windows: Architecture and Ideology” at which he presented an internet archive (fm-scenario.net) of mass media broadcasts, looking at its influence and our place as information receptacles. It is based on a series of Schaerf’s radio dramas such as “Die Stimme des Hörers” (2002) and can also be heard every few months on the Bayerischer Rundfunk.
However, Schaerf is known for a highly interdisciplinary practice, with a consciousness of material’s ability to speak. Through this sculptural and two dimensional side of his work, Schaerf continues to question politico-historical situations that we take for granted, what could be called hegemonic forces. He held a professorship at the Hochschule der Bildenden Künste in Hamburg and now teaches at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich.
Schaerf follows this years winner Douglas Gordon, as a perhaps less mainstream winner of the prize. Other recent recipients have been Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Mona Hatoum, and Thomas Eller.
[Image courtesy Bayerische Rundfunk]