Art Award


    Award winner 2024: Farzane Vaziritabar

    Born in 1987 in Yazd, Iran, the artist impressed the jury with her concept. From around 300 submissions, a shortlist of six applicants was selected, which can now be seen in a joint presentation in the feinkunst e.V. exhibition space. The young Iranian artist, who has already presented her work several times in Hanover and northern Germany, emerged as the winner. Her concept is based on the so-called Red Thread of Hanover, a tour of the city's 36 most important historical and architectural sights, and accentuates it anew through various artistic media and performative interventions. Farzane Vaziritabar, currently a guest artist at the ZKM - Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, now has two years to realize the project outlined in the application.

    Object of the award

    All artists are eligible to apply, regardless of age, gender or nationality. The prerequisite is a completed artistic education or demonstrably many years of professional artistic practice.
    The prize is awarded for an artistic project design, whereby the genre is freely selectable. Anything is possible, from drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and video work to performances. The character of the work should be based on Hannes Malte Mahler's expansive artistic approach (see work characterization). 

    Further details on the prize and application conditions can be found in the call for submissions. 

    Please direct any queries to or +49 (0)511 - 38 87 96 22.

    The jury 2024

    • Konstanze Beckedorf, Kulturdezernentin Landeshauptstadt Hannover
    • Prof. Dr. Stephan Berg, Direktor Kunstmuseum Bonn
    • Prof. em. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet, Universität Bonn
    • Prof. Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig
    • Dr. Reinhard Spieler, Direktor Sprengel Museum Hannover
    • Paula Schwerdtfeger, Kunsthistorikerin und Kuratorin, Hannover
    • Simon Pfeffel, International tätiger Performancekünstler und Preisträger 2020, Pforzheim

    Award winners

    The first winner of the international art prize "Hannes Malte Mahler - it is art®" was announced on 10.06.2020. The official award ceremony for Simon Pfeffel took place on 08.07.2022 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 urban space of Hanover.

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

    The one hundred performances were documented on a daily basis on the specially created website and in the catalog of the same name. 

    Award winners

    Simon Pfeffel, I will carry YOU!, Palais de Tokyo und öffentlicher Raum Paris, 2017, © Simon Pfeffel


    The "Hannes Malte Mahler - it is art®" art prize is awarded every four years on February 29. Applications can be submitted online in advance via the application portal. The application portal will be activated for this purpose.

    The next call for applications will take place in 2027.