The Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship at Brücke-Museum

Opening: Saturday, 3 September 2022, 6 p.m.–midnight and Sunday, 4 September 2022, 1 pm–5 pm

The Brücke-Museum presents the 14 finalists of the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship in an exhibition. The scholarship is a prize genuinely intended by an artist for artists to promote young talent
Finalists: Matej Bosnić, Cudelice Brazelton IV, Nicolas Fehr, Lea Gocht, Lena Grossmann, Daniel Hopp, Larissa Rosa Lackner, Mira Mann, Jonas Monka, Irina Ojovan, Antonia Rodrian, Andrėja Šaltytė, Lisa Marie Schmitt, Frieda Toranzo Jaeger


Shortly before his death, the artist Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976) established two foundations with very different objectives: The Karl and Emy Schmidt-Rottluff Foundation administers the artist’s artistic estate and legacy and provides financial support to the Brücke Museum. The second, less well-known Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Förderungsstiftung has been promoting young artists since 1975. For two years, promising young artists are supported by a monthly stipend, which allows them to concentrate on their artistic work. Alumni of the prize include renowned artists such as Isa Genzken (1978), Marcel Odenbach (1989), Katharina Grosse (1995) and Henrike Naumann (2018).


Artists must be nominated to apply for the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship.  In addition to 50 prominent figures working in the field of art, candidates are nominated primarily by state-accredited art colleges in Germany and former recipients of the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship. The selection process occurs in two stages. On the basis of the submitted documents, a jury decides in a pre-selection which applicants will be invited to the main selection procedure. In this process, the 14 finalists have the opportunity to present and discuss their work. Three to five of them will receive the scholarship.


This year, the Brücke Museum will exhibit this main selection of nominees for the Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship in commemoration of its initiator Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. A special feature of the award, which was determined by the artist, is that only artists can make proposals and only artists are represented on the jury.


The Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Scholarship has cooperated with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes since its inception. As of 2007, the Marianne Ingenwerth Foundation in the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Donors’ Association for the Promotion of Sciences and Humanities in Germany) has also been a cooperative partner providing financial support for the scholarship. 


Admission to the exhibition is free


Assistant Curator: Magdalena Syen
Studienstiftung: Dr. Julia Aptizsch-Haack, Anna Teckentrup