In 2019 the Possehl Foundation will be celebrating its centenary. It was approved by Senate decree in May 1919 and has since been promoting "all that is good and beautiful" in Lübeck. For the Foundation, the centenary is a moment for reflection and gratitude for the great diversity of organizations, initiatives and committed individuals enriching our communities. Most of the time we are only the donor, without our applicants we would not be able to realize the objectives of our Foundation in such abundance. Therefore our special thanks go to them especially in our anniversary year.


Two publications were released on the occasion of our anniversary: "POSSEHL - Geschichte und Charakter einer Stiftung" ("POSSEHL - History and Character of a Foundation") and "GUT & SCHÖN? Die Possehl-Stiftung in Lübeck"  ("GOOD & BEAUTIFUL? The Possehl Foundation in Lübeck") - more information about them is available here.

EMIL and young people

We are also really happy about this "EMIL 100" project: The Lübeck Bücherpiraten (book pirates) are accompanying our anniversary year in the media and reporting on - in their view - interesting topics. We are very excited about the "young perspective from outside" on the Possehl Foundation! Further information (in German only) is available here ...


  • Thursday, 6th June 2019, 7 pm, Buddenbrookhaus (Mengstraße 5, Lübeck): “My house stands in steadfast splendour” - Emil Possehl in the literature of the brothers Mann and Ida Boy-Ed; lecture by Dr. Ruprecht Wimmer on the occasion of the Possehl Foundation’s centenary. Welcoming remarks: Max Schön (Possehl Foundation) and Dr. Birte Lipinski (Buddenbrookhaus); followed by: "Lübecker Nachbarschaften - Ein Blick hinter die Fassaden” (“Lübeck Neighbourhoods - A look behind the facades”) with Dr. Jan Zimmermann. Registrations will be accepted at the following e-mail address: stiftung.emil(at)possehl.de
  • Saturday, 7th September 2019, 7 pm, Kunsthalle St. Annen (St. Annen-Straße 15, Lübeck): Vernissage and presentation of the first Possehl Prize for International Art to artist Doris Salcedo (Colombia). Additional information
  • In addition, we will keep you informed about the following awards in advance: Possehl Scholarship for Architecture at the Gollan Kulturwerft (1st October 2019), Possehl Engineering Prize (November 2019), Possehl Music Prize (16th January 2020).