by Xavier LaBoulbenne
"Preis der Nationalgalerie für junge Kunst," Sept. 1-Oct. 16, 2005, at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Invalidenstr. 50/51, 10557 Berlin
Three years ago, inspired by the international attention earned by the Turner Prize at the Tate in London, German collectors Rolf and Erika Hoffmann established the Preis der Nationalgalerie in Berlin, providing a €50,000 purse (rather more than the Turnerís £20,000). The contest aims to stimulate public interest in young German art -- the prize is restricted to artists under 40 Ė- and to encourage German institutions to embrace contemporary culture.