The Artist Rainer Fetting
Henri Nannen was an admirer and passionate collector of expressionistic paintings. It is, therefore, an especially delightful coincidence, that the painter and sculptor Rainer Fetting could be won over to create a statue of Nannen, which is presented to the winners of the award named after him.
Fetting, born in 1949 in Wilhelmshaven, studied at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and belongs to the most outstanding advocates of the German New-Expressionism, who, known as the “Neue Wilde”, caused a sensation in the 80’s. In 1977 together with Helmut Middendorf, Salomé, Anne Jud and others he founded the legendary “Galerie am Moritzplatz” in Berlin a self-help gallery which first enabled these artists to exhibit their provocative pictures. In the meantime Fetting’s color-intense pictures of virtuosic technique can be viewed in public collections in Berlin, Paris and Vancouver. In the summer of 2002 his landscape exhibition at the Kunsthalle Emden, which Herni Nannen himself founded, attracted 15,000 visitors.
And now again the striking features of yet another important figure of German post-war history has been created directly by the hand of this artist: the bust of the stern-founder and great journalist Henri Nannen – as the highest decoration for the best journalists of our day and age.