The mission of  feinkunst e.V. is to preserve the work of the universal artist Hannes Malte Mahler, who died in an accident in 2016, and to make it accessible to the public, as well as to revitalize Hannover’s art landscape.

The association compiles a directory of Hannes Malte Mahler’s complete works and thus enables his scientific research. In its own gallery rooms, Mahler’s works as well as those of other artists, mostly from the Hanover region, are presented in changing exhibitions on 220 square meters. In addition, the association organizes readings, concerts, artist talks, etc.

In cooperation with the Sprengel Museum Hannover, once a year a volunteer of the renowned museum is given the opportunity to curate their own exhibition in the rooms of feinkunst e.V. in the exhibition series “Sprengel@feinkunst”.

In 2020 the association launched the art prize “Hannes Malte Mahler - it is art®”. The aim of the award is, on the one hand, to give new impetus to Hannover as an art location. At the same time, it is to commemorate the Hanoverian artist Hannes Malte Mahler (1968 - 2016), who died much too early.

feinkunst e.V. was founded in March 2017. The non-profit association goes back to the initiative of the heirs of Mahler’s artistic estate, Johanna Hey and Oliver Rohde, as well as other companions. Mahler used the name feinkunst for his marketing company during his lifetime and called his studio the “feinkunstraum”.


The preservation, digitization, cataloging and creation of a publicly accessible catalog raisonné of Hannes Malte Mahler’s artistic work are the central tasks of feinkunst e.V. In addition, the association exhibits Hannes Malte Mahler’s works and makes them accessible for other exhibition projects and scholarly debate. The association’s gallery rooms comprise 220 square meters of exhibition space, which are used for changing presentations.

The association’s activities at a glance:

  • » Compilation of a publicly accessible catalogue raisonné.
  • » Organizing exhibitions and placing individual works in public exhibitions and museums
  • » Enabling the scientific research of the work
  • » Organizing lectures, artistic performances, concerts
  • » Awarding of the international art prize “Hannes Malte Mahler - it is art®”.