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 newlylaunched Faber-Castell International Drawing Award. With a purse of 15,000 euros, 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 are 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 will announce the award winner at the opening of the exhibition.
This new cooperation between the 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.