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Art – Reutlingen – The painter and film director Strawalde receives the Jerg Ratgeb – Culture Award

Reutlingen (dpa) – The painter and film director Jürgen Böttcher, alias Strawalde, received the 20,000-euro Jerg Ratgeb Prize in Reutlingen on Sunday. The award was created by HAP artists Grieshaber and Rolf Szymanski and is given to convince the work of life.

The prize also includes the exhibition “Strawalde. Hunger for Pictures” at the Art Museum Reutlingen Spendhaus, which can be visited until 21 August.

Böttcher, born July 8, 1931, adopted the pseudonym Strawalde after a place in Saxony where he grew up. Some of his films had been banned from broadcasting in the former GDR. He is considered one of the most famous painters and documentalists in the GDR.

According to the art museum, the wide range and diversity of Strawalde’s work is visible in the nearly 80 works on display. They range from the first drawings of 1948 to the most recent abstract works of 2020.

In addition to painting, the documentary is Strawalde’s second medium. He worked for almost 30 years as a director at DEFA, where he achieved international fame under his real name Jürgen Böttcher.

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