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Das Rauschen des Kosmos – Akademie der Künste zeigt Ausstellung der Käthe-KollwitzPreisträgerin 2023 Sandra Vásquez de la Horra | 19.06.-25.08.2024

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On the occasion of the awarding of the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2023 to Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, the Akademie der Künste is showing the exhibition “Das Rauschen des Kosmos” in the Akademie building on Hanseatenweg from 19 June 2024. Selected drawings, photographs and objects by the artist will be presented in a site-specific installation. The award ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 18 June 2024, followed by the opening of the exhibition.

Image above: Sandra Vásquez de la Horra: “Heilung”, 2003 (Nr. 3, 4), © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2024 – The Artist

The Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, who has lived in Germany since 1995, thematises conflicts in her works that concern our contemporary society worldwide: Questions of gender order and sexuality, intercultural reflections and spiritual practices are combined with archetypes of our collective consciousness and social taboos. The artist uses dreams, the subconscious and memories to create a poetic visual world centred on human existence – explicitly women and the female body. The history of Chile has influenced her work just as much as her own family history, the mythologies of the indigenous population and the colonial rule of European countries in Central and South America.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s large and small-format drawings on paper and cardboard are characterised by precision, density and colourfulness. She fixes some of her works drawn with graphite, gouache and pencil in a wax bath, giving them materiality and physicality.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, born in 1967 in Viña Del Mar in Chile, studied visual communication there and then went on to study fine art at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, first with Jannis Kounellis and later with Rosemarie Trockel. She went on to study photography, film and new media at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She moved to Germany in 1995. In 2022 she took part in the 59th Biennale di Venezia. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra will be honoured with extensive solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum in 2024 and the Haus der Kunst in Munich in 2025.

A publication will accompany the exhibition. The Käthe Kollwitz Prize, endowed with 12,000 euros, has been awarded annually to visual artists since 1960. Winners in recent years have included Nan Goldin (2022), Maria Eichhorn (2021), Timm Ulrichs (2020), Hito Steyerl (2019), Adrian Piper (2018) and Katharina Sieverding (2017). The Käthe Kollwitz Prize has been co-financed by the Kreissparkasse Köln, sponsor of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne, since 1992.


Tuesday, 18. June 2024, at 7 pm

Exhibition period:
Sunday, 19. June until Sunday, 25. August 2024

Opening hours:
Tue – Fri, 2 pm to 7 pm
Sat – Sun, 11 am to 7 pm


Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin


Regular: 6 €
Reduced: 4 €
Admission free up to 18 years, Tuesdays and every first Sunday of the month

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