The 2016 Hannah Höch Prize, one of the most prestigious Berlin prizes, awarded every two years, has been awarded to artist Corniela Schleime. Meanwhile, painter Tatjana Doll has won the Hannah Höch Sponsor’s Prize.
Born in 1953 in East Berlin, Cornelia Schleime studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts under the East German regime. Her work presents landscapes, large-format portraits, figurative paintings and drawings after photographs found in flea markets. She was among the young artists to oppose the Communist regime. In 1981, authorities banned her from exhibiting in Germany. She then decided to cross the Iron Curtain in 1984. Some of her works, remaining in East Germany after her departure, disappeared and were probably destroyed by the Socialist government.
The Hannah Höch Prize recognises her entire career and foresees a $70,000 endowment as well as an exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie this autumn.