Johanna Herrmann SPIELWIESEN

Johanna Herrmann is this year's winner of the Caspar David Friedrich Award. In addition to financial support, the award once again includes a special exhibition in our building. On October 22, the prize was ceremoniously presented to the artist at a vernissage and the exhibition entitled "SPIELWIESEN" was opened.

Johanna Herrmann works both sculpturally and painterly. The transition between these two genres is fluid to her work. Starting from the material, she brings it out of its original context of meaning into new contexts. The work process is characterized by the playful-experimental approach. She herself says: "The landscape serves as a starting point for my painterly/drawing and process-oriented projects. I use the forms and colors of the landscape to transform them into drawings or abstract paintings, or I make use of natural processes, such as the wind or the sun's rays for experimental explorations."


The artist is particularly interested in processes, movement, change, and engaging with the landscape that surrounds her. Herrmann develops experimental arrangements, sets processes in motion, and ultimately releases them from her control. Through this conscious loss of control, she leaves the aforementioned experimental arrangements to a natural process or simply to chance. The result thus remains open for the time being.

This approach is also visible in the exhibition, where, among other things, she allows the wind to act as a creative element on a canvas. Conceptually and at the same time playfully, she tests the uncontrollable as well as random effect of the various gusts of wind with a built wooden frame, painting utensils attached to threads, and fans placed all around. 

Text: Karl Mühlbach


Johanna Herrmann: „chain reaction (yellow, yellow)“, : Photo: Karl Mühlbach ©2022 Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.
SPIELWIESEN by Johanna Herrmann can be visited in the period from 25.10.2022 to 23.12.2022, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gallery of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum. A 20-minute impulse guided tour (CDFZ_kontemporär) through the exhibition takes place every Wednesday from 2 pm. The vernissage of the exhibition took place on 22.10.2022 at 6 pm in the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum.

CV Johanna Herrmann 

Johanna Herrmann ©2022 Johanna Herrmann

  • 1998 born in Rostock

  • since 2017 studies of fine arts and philosophy (teaching profession) at the University of Greifswald

  • 2020-2022 Scholarship holder of the MentoringKUNST Program, a project of the Künstlerbund Mecklenburg und Vorpommern e. V.

  • 2021 Scholarship holder of the Summer School, residency at the art and media house FRIEDA23 Rostock

  • 2022 Winner of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Prize of the Caspar-David-Friedrich-Gesellschaft e. V.




Solo exhibitions

2022          SPIELWIESEN, Caspar-David-Friedrich-Zentrum, Greifswald

2021          Material & Eigenschaft, CUBIC-artspace, Kunstverein art-cube - Raum für

                   zeitgenössische Kunst e. V., Greifswald


Group exhibitions

Upcoming: VON WEGEN, Kunstverein Schwerin

2022          It takes two to tango, Künstlerhaus Dortmund

2022          Junge Kunst aus Nordeuropa, Neues Kunsthaus, Ahrenshoop

2021          b suche, Galerie Schwarz, Greifswald

2021          b suche, FRIEDA23 Kunst- und Medienhaus, Rostock

2021-22    Kunst am Bau, Universitätsrechenzentrum, Greifswald

2021         public art, öffentlicher Raum, Düsseldorf

2020         Repetition & Rhythmus, Garage (Caspar-David-Friedrich-Institut), Greifswald

2020         Bild & Abbild, Caspar-David-Friedrich-Institut, Greifswald

2019         INSOMNALE, Caspar-David-Friedrich-Institut, Greifswald

2019         Projektwoche, Künstlergut, Loitz

2018         The Traveling Gallery, START - Cultural Change, ein Programm der Robert Bosch Stiftung, in Kooperation mit dem Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki und der Bundesvereinigung Soziokultureller Zentren e. V., unterstützt durch dieJohn S.Latsis Public Benefit Foundation und die Bodossaki Foundation, Greifswald, Anklam und Bröllin

2018          ...und immer wieder Fallada, Rathaus, Greifswald



Contact & Website of the artist