Award 2015:

Art Prize 2015
The Ann Wolff Foundation
The Art Prize 2015 of the Ann Wolff Foundation is rewarded to Mette Björnberg!

Skulptören Mette Björnberg från Södra Mellby på Österlen är nu i Visby för att träffa glaskonstnären Ann Wolff, som en del i det konstpris hon tilldelats.

- Jag ska få handledning för att kunna hantera möjligheten att uttrycka mig i glas och det är fantastiskt att få vara här, säger Mette Björnberg som tidigare försökt få andra material att bli blanka och likna glas.

Ann Wolff Foundations konstpris delas nu ut för fjärde gången. Det ges till konstnärer som inte tidigare arbetat i glas. I priset ingår en kreativ process tillsammans med Ann Wolff som delar med sig av sin erfarenhet av att arbeta i glas och dessutom ingår en summa på uppemot 50.000 kronor. I gengäld ska konstnären skapa ett konstverk i glas.

- Mette är skitbra, tycker jag, säger Ann Wolff som såg hennes konst för första gången i somras på Magnus Karlssons sommargalleri i Hide. Mette Björnberg har tidigare jobbat med trä, tyg, gips och stål och gör ofta stora färgstarka skulpturer, som är lekfulla, men har en allvarlig bakgrundston.

- Jag gillar det bjärta, det slår nästan över och blir julgranspynt och jag tycker om att jobba med både blankt och matt och mjukt och hårt. 

Även denna gång kommer skulpturen bli något färgstarkt och stort. Exakt vad är ännu inte klart.

- Igår kväll var det heta och roliga diskussioner, berättar Ann Wolff som uppskattar Mettes bitska humor.

- Man kan inte bara lyssna som en hund, man måste också bjäbba!, skrattar Mette Björnberg som ser fram emot fortsatta kreativa samtal med Ann Wolff.

The swedish artist Mette Björnberg received the award from the ANN WOLFF FOUNDATION

Award 2014:

The German artist Christiane Feser received the third award from the ANN WOLFF FOUNDATION.
Christiane is currently working with the translation of her photographic
work into glass collages.

Christiane Feser at work in the Derix glasstudios, Germany


Award 2012:

The Swedish artist Maria Miesenberger, is the second ANN WOLFF FOUNDATION FOR GLASS
Award recipient.


"It's all in your head."

Maria working with the model

After first studying photography in the early 90's at Konstfack, University College of Art,
Craft and Design in Stockholm and then sculpture at Parsons School of Design in New York, 
Maria Miesenberger's first artistic achievement - her famous "Sverige/Sweden" series,
based on her family photographs - immediately became an instant photography classic
and built her an international reputation.

These photographs were never about pure photographical representation. They rather
offered a symbolic value and carried the possibility of a metaphysical reading without any
need for explanation. At the same time, they showed a strong relation with minimalism 
and her sensitivity to form as a means for artistic expression.

At the end of the 90's she moved on to work with large size sculptures, realized in a
diversity of materials such as latex, textiles, aluminum and bronze.

Even though her work is mostly figurative there's always a conceptual notion embedded
in her work. She approaches her artistic subject from different angles and with different
modes of expression. It seems as if she has found the core of her work in the corporal,
in the childhood, in the identity and the self, in the human being in recollection to itself,
to its vision and abilities, actions and attitude and in its confrontation with the others.

By inquiring: what is it that creates identity, inflences it she steps beyond the possible
narrative act and develops a symbolic character that seems to point to a different level
of perception: one of great depth and complexity, poetic and supported by its own
distinct æstetic.

Distinct pairs of terms are implied in her work such as "remembering and forgetting",
"past and present", "presence and absence". Towards the wiever, her work initiates
mental images which go beyond of what one is actually seeing.

In her œuvre an emotional sense of melancholy is shining through the beauty and
sensuality of her work. 

The artistic approach of Maria Miesenberger is caught up in a tension between the
beauty and the concept. 

Being the second winner of the ANN WOLFF FOUNDATION FOR GLASS Award her
artistic ideas and prowess will now flow into this - for her - a new material.

Maria, Radovan, Dirk copie.jpg
Maria, Radovan and Dirk


Award 2009:

Board of Directors and the Trustees of the ANN WOLFF COLLECTION have chosen the sculptor
Holger Walter (Karlsruhe, Germany) as the first winner of the Foundation Prize.

"What fascinated and convinced us to award Holger Walter this prize was his treatment of the material -
stone - and the consistent development of his personal formal language. We are convinced that working
in glass as a new material will open up a new dimension for him in his own work as well."
AWC Foundation, Berlin 2009

Holger Walter
Innere Dimension
photo: Titus Tamm
©Holger Walter

Statement by Holger Walter: the essential nature of glass is it's ability to conduct light.
The idea of making visible and palpable the hidden space enclosed within the solid block
is one that drove me to carry out my first experimental work in glass. But I didn't want
a polished "shop window". I deliberately left the outer surface rough and unpolished.
Because of it's color and enclosed nature, the block of glass at first resembles a gray stone.
Only on closer observation does the delicately shimmering inner space become apparent.

The Ann Wolff Collection has sufficient funds at its disposal to award this art prize in 2010.
However, in order to facilitate larger and more extensive projects in the future, we would
be grateful for your kind support: donations for this project (link: "Art prize") and endowment
contributions can be made to the Ann Wolff Collection Foundation account.
We will be happy to provide tax deductible receipts for tax payers within Germany.