Thursday, July 19, 2012

International Faber-Castell Drawing Award exhibition

13 July - 21 October 2012 
A cooperation between Neues Museum in Nuremberg 
and Faber-Castell Company 

Drawing by Sevda Chkoutova

The city of Nuremberg has a tradition as a city of the arts. Not only on account of its art school, which will be celebrating its 350th anniversary this year, but also because the pencil manufacturer Faber-Castell is based in the region and it is from here that it brings its celebrated brand to the whole world. This year the Neues Museum will for the first time be offering the newly-launched Faber-Castell International Drawing Award. A new and substantial art prize has been created that will support and encourage innovative artistic work in the field of drawing. 
A team of special advisers will nominate five artists who will jointly mount the exhibition at the Neues Museum. There are a great many approaches to drawing these days, so it is particularly surprising that all of the artists named this year prefer traditional drawing in lead pencil, even if they all tackle it in their own distinctive ways. In addition, the five artists who have been chosen come from different countries. 
The nominees for this year’s award have been Sevda Chkoutova, 
a Bulgarian artist who lives in Vienna, US American artist Trisha Donnelly from San Francisco, Paulina Olowska from Poland, and Sabine Moritz and Jorinde Voigt from Germany. An international jury has announced the award winner at the opening of the exhibition: Trisha Donelly. This new cooperation between Neues Museum and Faber-Castell breathes fresh life into past traditions and has given shape to an international format that allows internationally acclaimed art of the moment to be fostered and exhibited. 

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