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

The Association for Fine Arts, “feinkunst e.V.”, is launching the “Hannes Malte Mahler – it is art“ prize and is inviting artists to apply. Every four years, on 29 February, the prize is to be awarded to the winning proposal for an art project, which is financed by the award’s project fund and subsequently presented in Hanover. The prize money consists of a cash award of € 15,000 and a project and production fund of up to € 105,000. An independent judging panel will select the winner.

The first award winner will be announced on the fifth anniversary of Hannes Malte Mahler’s death on 18 July 2021, during a commemorative charity concert with Igor Levit.
Applications can be submitted from 1 April to 30 September 2020 here.

Download Call for Submissions (pdf)

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
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
One final member is expected to be a representative of the City of Hanover

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