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Miriam Cahn
MEINEJUDEN
14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

26.6.–23.10.22

Since the beginnings of her artistic development during the 1970s, Miriam Cahn has adopted a consciously feminist and self-determined standpoint. Starting out from drawing and completely unfettered by academic rules, Cahn has produced a painterly oeuvre of immense expressive power, also incorporating other artistic forms such as writing, photography, filming and sculptural work. The focus of her interest is mankind, the fragility of the human body as well as its relationship to nature: to animals, plants and landscapes. Personal experiences, family memories and present-day observations are combined with socio-political events. Womanhood, gender, love, sexuality, violence, anti-Semitism, war and flight are recurring themes.

The exhibition MEINEJUDEN (My Jews), marking the award of the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen, offers a comprehensive overview of Miriam Cahn’s oeuvre. In fourteen rooms conceived especially for the purpose by the artist, she presents important groups of works and installations from the last five decades, also numerous new works. In addition to intensely colourful paintings, the exhibition presents floor-to-ceiling chalk drawings, works on paper in pastels and watercolours, sculptures, performative videos, early sketchbooks and texts. Picking up the exhibition title she selected, in her current works the Rubens Prize winner deals once more with the fact of being Jewish.

Miriam Cahn (born in Basel in 1949) represents one of the most highly regarded artistic positions in Switzerland; today, she is also considered one of the world’s most important artists. She was invited to documenta 7 in Kassel in 1982 and represented at the Venice Biennale in 1984. Since then, her work has been shown in numerous international solo and group exhibitions, including Kunsthalle Basel (1983), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984), Kunstmuseum Bonn (1985), Kunsthaus Zurich (1993), Fundación La Caixa, Madrid (2003), Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2004), Badischer Kunstverein (2014) and Kunsthalle Kiel (2016). Miriam Cahn was represented at documenta 14, Kassel (2017), and the 21st Sydney Biennale (2018). In 2019 alone, Cahn had major exhibitions across Europe, including the Kunstmuseum Bern, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Reina Sofía Madrid, Haus der Kunst Munich, and the National Gallery of Modern Art Warsaw. Last year, The Power Plant, Toronto is showing an extensive solo presentation of the artist’s work. She herself realised "FREMD das fremde" – a site-specific exhibition in Palazzo Castelmur (Canton Graubünden/Switzerland). Her work is 2022 being presented at the Fondazione ICA Milano, Milan, and in the main exhibition of the 59th Venice Biennale. In 2023, a large solo exhibition by Miriam Cahn will open at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Miriam Cahn lives and works in Stampa, Graubünden, Switzerland.

An accompanying brochure as well as a comprehensive monograph, published by DISTANZ Verlag in September 2022 with text contributions from Debora Antmann, Miriam Cahn, Carolin Emcke, Tamara Loewenstein, Hanno Loewy and Thomas Thiel, will mark the exhibition and the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen.

Curator: Thomas Thiel

Supported by the University City of Siegen and the Peter Paul Rubens Foundation


The Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen

Miriam Cahn will be awarded the 14th Rubens Prize from the City of Siegen on 26 June 2022. Every five years since 1957, the renowned art prize has been awarded to an artist living in Europe for their complete œuvre, with a focus on painting and graphic art. The Rubens Prize is endowed with € 25,000 and also includes a publication and an exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen.
A jury of experts (Prof. Jutta Koether, Professor of Painting and Drawing, HFBK Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Astrid Mania, Professor of Art Criticism and Modern Art History, HFBK Hamburg, Prof. Philippe Pirotte, Professor of Art History and Curatorial Studies, Städelschule Frankfurt, Prof. Susanne Pfeffer, Director, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, and Prof. Dr. Beate Söntgen, Professor of Art History, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)has selected artist Miriam Cahn, born in Basel in 1949, as the new prize winner.

The Rubens Prize commemorates the painter Peter Paul Rubens, who was born in Siegen and who, as a leading master of European Baroque painting, set the artistic standards to which the award has been committed since 1957.

To date, the Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen has been awarded to Hans Hartung (1957), Giorgio Morandi (1962), Francis Bacon (1967), Antoni Tápies (1972), Fritz Winter (1977), Emil Schumacher (1982), Cy Twombly (1987), Rupprecht Geiger (1992), Lucian Freud (1997), Maria Lassnig (2002), Sigmar Polke (2007), Bridget Riley (2012) and Niele Toroni (2017).

The Lambrecht-Schadeberg Collection, currently owned by the Museum für Gegenwartkunst Siegen, comprises important and extensive groups of works by all the Rubens Prize winners. Currently amounting to over 300 exhibits, the collection offers an excellent overview of work by the first thirteen Rubens Prize winners. Works by the new prize winner will supplement this collection in future.


Press Conference
FRI. 24.6. 12 am
With artist Miriam Cahn, Steffen Mues, Mayor of the City of Siegen and Thomas Thiel, Curator and Director MGKSiegen


Award Ceremony
SUN. 26.6. 2 pm
Miriam Cahn, 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen
Award ceremony in the main hall of the Siegerlandhalle
Presentation of the 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen to Miriam Cahn by Steffen Mues, Mayor of the University City of Siegen.
Laudation: Prof Philipp Pirotte, Professor of Art History and Curatorial Studies, Städelschule Frankfurt
The award will be presented during a festive meeting of the Council of the University City of Siegen.


Exhibition opening
SUN. 26.6. 5 pm
Miriam Cahn, MEINEJUDEN, 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Welcome speeches by Steffen Mues, Mayor of the City of Siegen and Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff, Chairman of the Supervisory Board and President of The Peter Paul Rubens-Foundation, and introduction by Thomas Thiel, Director, MGKSiegen. An accompanying programme will focus on the museum: open studio for children, hands-on activities and art guides within the exhibition.
Entry free of charge untill 9pm

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Portrait Miriam Cahn, 2022, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Portrait Miriam Cahn, 2022, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Portrait Miriam Cahn, 2022, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Portrait Miriam Cahn, 2022, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, mein gepäck mit den armen meiner grossmutter tragen, 20.1.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, “liegen 30.1.2004”, “meine juden 30.12.2021”, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, ich als jude, 7.1.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, aus der wüste, 30.01.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, EREIGNISICH, über absturzstelle nachdenken (zitatenbild), 25.4.+26.4.2014, Courtesy of the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe

Miriam Cahn, EREIGNISICH, 6.3.-25.9.2014, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, EREIGNISICH, 6.3.-25.9.2014, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, “WACH RAUM m. April/Mai 1982”, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, WACH Raum (Details), m. april/mai 1982, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Oliver Roura

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, das schöne blau, 2021 + 10.1.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, o.t., 2009 + 2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, ZEIGE!, 21.10.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, schnell weg!, 27. + 30.1.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, HÄNDE HOCH!, 27.1.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, o.t., 15.11.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, dieses tier lacht mich aus, 20.3.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, Installationsansicht „MEINEJUDEN. 14. Rubenspreis der Stadt Siegen“, MGKSiegen, Courtesy die Künstlerin, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris, und Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Foto: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, hier wohne ich, 15.12.2018, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/ Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, gefühl beim schlafen, 18.2.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, vor meinem fenster, 1.11.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, heute nacht geträumt, 17.11.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, so fühle ich mich, 19.4.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, schreck!, 5.3.2022, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

Miriam Cahn, “ LESEN IN STAUB – alltagsarbeit, 2.-5.10.1986”, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, Installation view “MEINEJUDEN. 14th Rubens Prize of the City of Siegen”, MGKSiegen, Courtesy the artist, Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, and Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe, Photo: Philipp Ottendörfer

Miriam Cahn, o.t., 30.9.2021, Courtesy the artist, Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe and Jocelyn Wolff Gallery, Paris, Photo: Heinz Pelz

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