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

Second international call for submissions begins on 1 April 2023

The art award "Hannes Malte Mahler – it is art®", first launched by feinkunst e.V. in 2020 and awarded every four years in memory of the Hanoverian artist Hannes Malte Mahler (1968–2016), is entering its second round. From 1 April to 30 September 2023, artists can apply online by submitting a project proposal. An independent jury will view the submissions and select the winning proposal, which will be realised with the award’s project funds and then presented 2026 in Hannover. The award consists of personal prize money of 15,000 € and a project and production budget of up to 105,000 €.


All Artists, regardless of age, gender and nationality, are eligible to apply. Applicants should be graduates in Fine Arts or hold a commensurate degree qualification from an art college or specialist university department, or they should have a documented longstanding professional career as an artist. 
To enter the competition, applicants will submit a project proposal for an artwork of any genre, whether painting, sculpture, photography, video or performance. The Proposal should in some way reflect Hannes Malte Mahler's expansive concept of art (see characterization of his oeuvre). 
Initially the jury will choose a shortlist of six to eight submissions. These will be presented to the jury and the public in a four-week exhibition from 28 February 2024 at feinkunst e.V. From this shortlist, the jury will select the 2024 award winner at the exhibition and announce it on 29 February 2024.   
In 2026, the winning project will be realised in Hannover and officially presented within an award ceremony. The premises of feinkunst e.V., the Sprengel Museum Hannover and, if necessary, the public space in the City of Hanover will be available for this purpose. 


Konstanze Beckedorf (Director of Culture of the City of Hanover)
Professor Dr Stephan Berg (Director Kunstmuseum Bonn)
Professor emerita Dr Anne-Marie Bonnet (Bonn University)
Professor Wolfgang Ellenrieder (Braunschweig University of Art)
Dr Reinhard Spieler (Director of Sprengel Museum Hannover) 
Paula Schwerdtfeger (Art historian an curator, Hannover)
Simon Pfeffel (international performance-artist and award winner 2020, Pforzheim) 

Further details for the award and how to apply can be found at the official call for submissions

We look forward to your submission! Please register on our application portal and upload your documents here.

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



On June 10, 2020, the first winner of the internationally advertised art prize "Hannes Malte Mahler – it is art®" was announced. The official award ceremony for Simon Pfeffel took place on 8 July 2022 at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. The performance artist convinced the jury with his unusual project design "100daysofperformances", in which he realized 100 interactive performances on 100 consecutive days in the city of Hanover.

Simon Pfeffel (*1985 in Nuremberg) studied 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, the nationally and internationally active performance artist has been active both in institutional contexts and preferably in public space.

The one hundred performances found their up-to-date documentation on the specially created website and in the catalog of the same name.