Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann are the recipients of the ART COLOGNE Prize 2020
With this year's ART COLOGNE Prize, a collector couple is being honoured who've had an active interest in the medium of photography dating back to the 1970s.
Wilhelm Schürmann, a self-taught photographer, has been active as a dealer, curator and photographer. From 1981 to 2011, he taught as a professor for visual communication and photography at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences.
Gaby Schürmann worked as a teacher for chemistry, biology and mathematics in Herzogenrath. With the sale of a collection of Czech photography in 1984 to the Getty Museum in the USA, the couple was able to establish the financial basis for the acquisition of an art collection across media that is today one of the most important worldwide.
Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann have been active at the centre of the contemporary art world for more than 45 years and are considered pioneering collectors. They are primarily present in Cologne, Vienna and Berlin, but also in the American gallery scene. The couple is characterised as much by worldliness and openness as by an affinity with their own origins in Dortmund, Bochum and in the region around Aachen near the border with the Netherlands.