Art Award "HANNES MALTE MAHLER - it is art®"



FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2022, 8 PM

Sprengel Museum Hanover
30169 Hanover

The art award "HANNES MALTE MAHLER - IT IS ART"®, newly launched in 2020 by feinkunst e.V., will be awarded for the first time on July 8, 2022. The performance artist Simon Pfeffel convinced the jury with his unusual project design "100daysofperformances", in which he will show 100 interactive performances on 100 consecutive days in the urban space of Hanover .

Simon Pfeffel (*1985 in Nuremberg) studied, among others, at the State Academies of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart with professors Silvia Bächli, John Bock, Christian Jankowski and most recently Leni Hoffmann. Since then he has been a nationally and internationally active performance artist, both in institutional contexts and preferably in public space.


In the future, the prize will be offered every four years and the winner will be selected by an independent jury and always announced on February 29. The prize will be awarded to an artistic project that is realized with project funds from the prize and then presented in Hanover. The prize money consists of €15,000 and a project and production budget of up to €105,000. 

The announcement of the first prize winner took place on the 5th anniversary of Hannes Malte Mahler's death (18.7.2021). The planned benefit concert with Igor Levit on July 18, 2021 was postponed to July 8, 2022 due to the current situation. Applications could be submitted from April 1 to September 30, 2020.

Download Call for Submissions (pdf)

The next period of application will take place in the course of 2023.

To enter the competition, applicants will submit online a proposal for an art work of any genre, whether painting, sculpture, photography, video or performance. The project should in some way reflect Hannes Malte Mahler’s expansive concept of art (see characterization of his oeuvre).
The finished project will be presented in Hanover.
The prize money consists of a cash award for the artist as well as a project fund available for implementing the project.

Applications are open to artists regardless of age, gender or nationality. The only condition is a completed course of training in the Fine Arts or a documented longstanding professional career. The prize will be given for generating a work of art which should reflect or elaborate on the genre-spanning concept of art evident in Hannes Malte Mahler’s oeuvre. The award consists of a cash prize as well as a presentation of the project in Hanover, possibly in the Sprengel Museum Hannover. It will be awarded every four years on 29 February (the first award the end of 2020). The first winning project will be presented to the public between autumn 2022 and spring 2023.

JURY 2020
Konstanze Beckedorf, Head of the Culture Department of the State Capital Hannover
Professor Stephan Berg, Director of the Kunstmuseum Bonn
Professor Anne-Marie Bonnet, Professor at Bonn University 
Professor Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Professor at Braunschweig University of Art 
Noor Mertens, Head and Managing Director of Kunstverein Langenhagen 
Dr Reinhard Spieler, Director Sprengel Museum Hannover

Applicants can register on our submissions page from 1 April 2020 until 30 September 2020 and upload their entries.

The following documents must be included:
- artist’s CV in tabular form (education, exhibitions, publications, awards)
- brief characterization of the artist’s own concept of art and their work to date
- outline of the proposed project (including e.g. descriptions, photos, sketches)
- outline of timings and costs involved in implementing the proposed project

For detailed information on the required file format and maximum size download and read the Call for Submissions (pdf).


For further information contact feinkunst: or +49 (0)511 - 38 87 96 22