Since 2018 two new Possehl Art Prizes have focused on contemporary art and artists: the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art was awarded for the first time two years ago and starting in 2019 the Foundation will award the Possehl Prize for International Art every three years. In the years in which there is no Possehl Prize for International Art, the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art will be awarded to a local artist. The winners of both art prizes are chosen by the same jury, which is made up representatives of internationally renowned art galleries and museums.
Jury members 2018-2020:
The prize consists of €8,000 for the realisation of an artistic work. Any living artist for whom Lübeck is demonstrably the centre of their professional life (studio, workshop, alone or with others, etc.) may apply with a project for the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art.
The call for entries and the selection policy are available here in German.
On 2 June 2020 the jury members from internationally renowned art galleries and museums met to award the Possehl Art Prize for Lübeck Art for the second time. The jury decided to award this year’s prize to Sebastian Schröder (*1981 in Zwenkau, near Leipzig). The jury justified its decision in part with the ‘multifarious’ nature of Sebastian Schröder’s work, commenting, ‘The artist experiments with very different techniques across a broad range of contemporary visual culture and aesthetics.’ His winning proposal is for a corona diary in which the artist intends to evoke the Dance of Death frieze in St. Mary’s in Lübeck, along with media images of the covid-19 pandemic, using techniques that playfully acknowledge the time spent in lockdown.
The ideas submitted by Lübeck artists for their projects were incredibly diverse and covered all artistic formats. The jury had to make its choice from entries that included documentary, critical, location-specific and biographical aspects, in a wide range of different media, from established to experimental, some of which were also very humorous.
More information about the prize-winner: www.sebastianschroeder.net
On 15 May 2018 the jury members from internationally renowned art galleries and museums met to award the first Possehl Art Prizes. In a unanimous vote the jury decided to award the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art to Janine Gerber (*1974), partly in recognition of “the rigour with which Janine Gerber examines the relationship between space and image, both in her work in paint and in her paper installations.”
With the Possehl Prize for International Art the Possehl Foundation recognises living artists with a national and international reputation for their life’s work or an outstanding piece or body of work. Inaugurated in 2019, it is awarded every three years. The jury selects a winner from twelve candidates proposed by an international panel of experts. In their deliberations the jury members are looking for exceptional artistic curiosity, dedication and a continuous achievement over at least a decade, which are deserving of particular recognition. The prize is awarded on the basis of nominations in the categories of sculpture, installation, new media and performance, as well as art intervention. Intermedial connections between diverse forms of artistic expression in the artist’s body of work are given particular weight by the jury. The award consists of €25,000 in prize money and an exhibition at the Kunsthalle St. Annen in Lübeck.
The Colombian artist Doris Salcedo (*1958) was awarded the first Possehl Prize for International Art in the Kunsthalle St. Annen at the opening ceremony for her exhibition there on 7 September 2019. In her objects, sculptures and site-specific installations, the internationally celebrated artist deals with the effects of violence and exclusion in her home country, Colombia, and other regions of the world. In the words of the jury, “Salcedo finds poetic images for systems of political authority, racism and systematic inequality”, and her work “is of the greatest relevance to our present day.”
A meeting between two Possehl Prize winners Max Schön with Janine Gerber and Doris Salcedo
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