In 2019, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst am Museum Ludwig will recognize Jac Leirner with the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The Brazilian artist, born in São Paulo in 1961, has been pursuing a subtle analysis of social and representational systems for many years. Found, often industrially manufactured everyday objects from which she creates installations, collages, and sculptures according to the principles of collecting, accumulating, and classifying play an important role in her work. This results in dense, often minimalist works that play with the aesthetic, representational, and socio-cultural levels of meaning of the objects.
The year 2019 is a special milestone for the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. For the first time, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst is honoring a South American artist for her internationally relevant oeuvre. This will broaden the perspective of the award toward developments in global contemporary art. Leirner’s work, located at the intersection of minimalism, conceptualism, and Institutional Critique, is an important addition to the collection of the Museum Ludwig. Thanks to the dedication of its members, the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst is presenting the Wolfgang Hahn Prize for the twenty-fifth year in a row.
Jac Leirner’s work Museum Bags (1985/2018) will be acquired by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst for the collection of the Museum Ludwig on the occasion of the award ceremony and presented in the context of the permanent collection. The award also includes a publication in collaboration with the artist, edited by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst.