South African born artist wins top German prize

20th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

Marlene Dumas, a South African born painter who lives in the Netherlands, won one of Germany's richest art awards on Wednesday.

20 December 2007

DUSSELDORF - Marlene Dumas, a South African born painter who lives in the Netherlands, won one of Germany's richest art awards, the Dusseldorf Art Prize worth EUR 55,000, on Wednesday.

Instituted last year, the contemporary art prize was awarded for the second time. Dumas, 54, studied visual arts and left South Africa in 1976 to move to Amsterdam, where she now lives.

Her paintings, drawings and collages portray people. The judges said the art was devoted to the basic conditions of human life such as sex, birth and death.

Dumas' art is to be exhibited from 20 September next year till late February 2009 at Dusseldorf's Kunst Palast Museum.

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