STUDIO: Niclas Riepshoff

 Niclas Riepshoff, Baby, 2022, Kunsthalle Mannheim, STUDIO; Installationsansichten © Kunsthalle Mannheim; Jens Gerber

Rainer Wild Art Foundation Award

Niclas Riepshoff (*1992 in Bremen) is this year's winner of the Rainer Wild Art Foundation Award. He critically, sensitively, and with subtle irony negotiates current issues of our time in his sculptural works, installations, and performances. Often based on observations of his own surroundings and working in different media, Riepshoff constantly expands his repertoire of materials and techniques.

In the STUDIO Niclas Riepshoff is showing "Baby" – result of his ongoing preoccupation with queer parenting, social networks beyond the nuclear family, and the relationship between art production and reproduction. Taking up four sculptural works collectively titled "Three Poses for a Newborn" (2018), the large-scale sculpture "Baby" subverts our notion of a baby and encourages us to think about reproduction and parenthood and associated expectations, role models, and life plans.

Launched in 2015, the Rainer Wild Art Foundation Award honours visual artists under the age of 35 who live and work in Germany. At the request of the foundation, the prize is awarded in Mannheim since 2020. The award comes with prize money of 5,000 euros and a solo exhibition in the STUDIO of the Kunsthalle.

Curator: Pia Goebel

Photo: Niclas Riepshoff: Three Poses for a Newborn, Detail: Baby (II), 2018

The exhibition is sponsored by:

Kunststiftung Rainer Wild


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