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Museum Prize 2009
Of the hbs Cultural Foundation
Prizewinner: The Team of Curators at Kolumba

Press Release by the hbs Cultural Foundation: The team of Kolumba’s curators has won the Museum Prize of the hbs Cultural Foundation for achieving the successful interplay between exhibition design and architecture. Receiving the honors are the five curators: Dr. Joachim Plotzek (who directed the museum from 1990 to April 2008), Dr. Stefan Kraus (curator since 1991, museum director since 2008), Dr. Katharina Winnekes, Dr. Ulrike Surmann, Dr. Marc Steinmann. With its new building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, Kolumba is synonymous with the aesthetic linking of location, architecture, and the collection. Distinctive architecture frequently poses major challenges for the creators of exhibitions: How can the exhibition be presented on a par with a formidable building? The team of curators at Kolumba, which has been developing the new concepts of the former Museum of the Diocese since 1990, and accompanying its new planning from 1997 on, now shows the collection in temporary exhibitions that change annually, has managed this balancing act. “Kolumba does many things differently than other museums – and thus, it gets everything right”, praises the art magazine MONOPOL in its September 2008 edition, for example. »The Prize acknowledges the curators’ achievement, whose competence, and care, cleverness and solidity is proven anew with quality in every structural variation. For this reason, Kolumba has developed into one of the leading institutions in dealing with artworks«, states Professor Gottfried Korff, emeritus at the Ludwig-Uhland-Institute of the University of Tübingen, whom the jury assigned the task of selecting the prizewinner. | The Prize of 5,000 Euros is awarded every two years by the hbs Cultural Foundation, singling out curators and exhibition organizers throughout Germany, who have decisively contributed to working on a contemporary exhibition at a museum or exhibition hall. The jury selects a respective specialist, who directly chooses the prizewinner. The intention hereby is to tap the individual horizon of experience of known museum experts for this evaluation. The hbs Cultural Foundation was founded in 1998 by the couple Dr. Heinz and Brigitte Schirnig, under the auspices of the trustees of the Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation. The Foundation concentrates its means on supporting curators, who realize unusual exhibition plans. (information: www.kulturstiftungen-hbs.de). | The jury of the Museum Prize of the hbs Cultural Foundation: Dr. Judith Oexle, Saxony State Ministry of the Interior, Dresden; Dr. Sabine Schormann, Foundation Director, Lower Saxony Sparkasse Foundation, Hannover; Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck, Senator for Culture, Free and Hansa City Hamburg; Dr. Heinz Schirnig, Chairman of the Board, hbs Cultural Foundation, Uelzen | The Prize was awarded on March 5, 2009 in a festive ceremony at Kolumba.

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Museum Prize 2009
Of the hbs Cultural Foundation
Prizewinner: The Team of Curators at Kolumba

Press Release by the hbs Cultural Foundation: The team of Kolumba’s curators has won the Museum Prize of the hbs Cultural Foundation for achieving the successful interplay between exhibition design and architecture. Receiving the honors are the five curators: Dr. Joachim Plotzek (who directed the museum from 1990 to April 2008), Dr. Stefan Kraus (curator since 1991, museum director since 2008), Dr. Katharina Winnekes, Dr. Ulrike Surmann, Dr. Marc Steinmann. With its new building designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, Kolumba is synonymous with the aesthetic linking of location, architecture, and the collection. Distinctive architecture frequently poses major challenges for the creators of exhibitions: How can the exhibition be presented on a par with a formidable building? The team of curators at Kolumba, which has been developing the new concepts of the former Museum of the Diocese since 1990, and accompanying its new planning from 1997 on, now shows the collection in temporary exhibitions that change annually, has managed this balancing act. “Kolumba does many things differently than other museums – and thus, it gets everything right”, praises the art magazine MONOPOL in its September 2008 edition, for example. »The Prize acknowledges the curators’ achievement, whose competence, and care, cleverness and solidity is proven anew with quality in every structural variation. For this reason, Kolumba has developed into one of the leading institutions in dealing with artworks«, states Professor Gottfried Korff, emeritus at the Ludwig-Uhland-Institute of the University of Tübingen, whom the jury assigned the task of selecting the prizewinner. | The Prize of 5,000 Euros is awarded every two years by the hbs Cultural Foundation, singling out curators and exhibition organizers throughout Germany, who have decisively contributed to working on a contemporary exhibition at a museum or exhibition hall. The jury selects a respective specialist, who directly chooses the prizewinner. The intention hereby is to tap the individual horizon of experience of known museum experts for this evaluation. The hbs Cultural Foundation was founded in 1998 by the couple Dr. Heinz and Brigitte Schirnig, under the auspices of the trustees of the Lower Saxony Sparkassen Foundation. The Foundation concentrates its means on supporting curators, who realize unusual exhibition plans. (information: www.kulturstiftungen-hbs.de). | The jury of the Museum Prize of the hbs Cultural Foundation: Dr. Judith Oexle, Saxony State Ministry of the Interior, Dresden; Dr. Sabine Schormann, Foundation Director, Lower Saxony Sparkasse Foundation, Hannover; Prof. Dr. Karin von Welck, Senator for Culture, Free and Hansa City Hamburg; Dr. Heinz Schirnig, Chairman of the Board, hbs Cultural Foundation, Uelzen | The Prize was awarded on March 5, 2009 in a festive ceremony at Kolumba.