17 Feb                      16 Mar 2012

Villa Romana Fellows 2012

Wolfgang Breuer, Nine Budde, Sophie Reinhold, Yorgos Sapountzis

Sophie Reinhold, Another prospect (2011), concrete, metal,
Point de Non-Retour (2011), wood, carpet, marble ground (right)

Nine Budde, I lost my sense of Romanticism (2009), video, sound, 9 min.

Untitled (2010), wool on PVC, 21 x 29,7 cm
Untitled (2011), toner on colorcopy, 21 x 29,7 cm (right)

Yorgos Sapountzis, Fast Cast Past (2011), video installation, rods, strap, tissue, video: 5 min

The first exhibition of the new year at the Villa Romana is again dedicated to the recently arrived Fellows. Wolfgang Breuer, Nine Budde, Sophie Reinhold and Yorgos Sapountzis were awarded the renowned Villa Romana Fellowships 2012 by the jurors Antje Majewski (artist) and Anja Nathan-Dorn (Head of the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne Art Association) until 2011). The Fellowships comprise a ten-month residency in Florence and a monthly stipend.

Wolfgang Breuers (born 1966 in Augsburg) art is primarily concerned with the organization of surfaces and spaces in urban-political and abstract-aesthetic contexts. Last year he exhibited in the Etablissment d’en face in Brussels, in the Simultanhalle in Cologne and in the Cubitt in London, among others. In 2009, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin dedicated an exhibition to his work.

Nine Budde (born 1975 in Freiburg) works with the hidden eccentricity of her protagonists in her performances, videos and installations. Boundaries between social milieus normally considered in terms of distinct categories are broken down, releasing unexpected energy and new forms. Nine Budde has exhibited in galleries including KUB at the Bregenz Kunsthaus and the Glassbox in Paris. In 2009 she held a scholarship at the Fondazione March in Padua.

Sophie Reinhold (born 1981 in Berlin) is a painter and uses classical techniques as well as working with more conceptual compositions, foils and neon lighting. Her art explores the relationship between background and colour as well as between the art object and space. In 2010 the Exnergasse Kunsthalle in Vienna put on a solo exhibition of her work (with Hannes Schmidt).

Yorgos Sapountzis (born 1976 in Athens) interventions are concerned with public space and its monuments. His collective choreographies traverse the established order. Displays of his performances are transferred to exhibition spaces. Yorgos Sapountzis has participated in many international exhibitions, including "based in Berlin" (2011). In 2010 he was given a solo exhibition by the Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples.

The Villa Romana Fellowship is put up and financed by the Villa Romana Society with funds provided by the Deutsche Bank Foundation and trustees of the Federal Department for Culture and Media, as well as other private benefactors.