Winner of 2000 Art Cologne Prize Announced

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Winner of 2000 Art Cologne Prize Announced


COLOGNE, Germany--The year's Art Cologne Prize has been awarded to Johannes Cladders. The prize is awarded by art fair organizers KolnMesse and the Federal Association of Galleries and Art Publishers, co-sponsors of Art Cologne. The prize will be presented at the opening of the show, which takes place Nov. 5-12.

Cladders' career in the museum world spans almost 30 years. As director of the Stadtisches Museum in Monchengladbach, he was not able to rely on the type of funding available to large public institutions but his discriminating judgement has been responsible for making modern art history, according to fair organizers.

It was Cladders who started Joseph Beuys on the road to international fame. In 1967, when Beuys was still relatively unknown, Cladders invited him to exhibit at the Stadtisches Museum in Monchengladbach. His debut proved a success and launched Beuys' international career. Other artists picked out and launched by Cladders are Panamarenko, Richard Long, Rainer Ruthenbeck, Marcel Broodthaers, Blinky Palermo, Ulrich Ruckriem, Lawrence Weiner and the photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher. Once Cladders discovered an artist, he would support, provoke controversy and create a forum for discussion of the artist's work. His enthusiasm and total commitment transformed the museum into a leading international stronghold of the avant-garde of the 1960s and 70s. …

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