Wolf Prize Laureate in Arts 2011
“for her multidimensional art practice, which provides a powerful model that engages the mainstream obliquely and critically. Rather than seeking a position at art’s center, she orbits it by choosing less familiar roads and venues, and thus avoids becoming fixed and predictable”.
Art that engages and integrates materials, processes and concepts from multiple fields, disciplines and traditions. Trockel draws variously on the vernacular, the fine arts and popular culture, to question prevailing opinions and familiar modes of working, thus redefining art for the future;
The many dimensions of her art practice, informed by a feminist agenda that is open-ended and never dogmatic;
Her influence on younger artists and her support for them, through curatorial ventures and collecting, as well as teaching as professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf;
Her acuity in exploring issues of exhibition-making, presentation and display that includes a rethinking of such familiar forms as the retrospective, solo and group shows, often through collaboration. Trockel inventively addresses the exhibition itself as an art medium and form.
Her questioning of the conventional hierarchies of the art world, by making artist books and multiples an integral part of her art-making, alongside sculptures, paintings, ceramics, textiles, drawing, printmaking, videos and design.
Rosemarie Trockel (born in 1952, in Schwerte, Germany) has been widely recognized through major exhibitions and prizes. She represented Germany at the 1999 Venice Biennale and has been featured in numerous international contemporary art exhibitions, including the 1997 Documenta and the 2008 Carnegie International. Her substantial list of museum shows includes the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Dia Art Foundation in New York and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.