Possehl Prizes for Art

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 (2020-2023):

  • Adam Budak (Kestner Gesellschaft Hanover, Director)
  • Fanni Fetzer (Lucerne Art Museum, Director)
  • Dr Renate Wiehager (Mercedes Benz Art Collection, Berlin/Stuttgart, Director)
  • Dr Antje-Britt Mählmann (Museum Schloss Moyland, Artistic Director)
  • Dr Oliver Zybok (Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Director)
  • Max Schön (Possehl-Stiftung, Chair; jury member without voting rights)
  • Prof. Dr Hans Wißkirchen (Kulturstiftung der Hansestadt Lübeck, Director; jury member without voting rights)

International artists in Lübeck

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 in Lübeck.

GUIDELINES "Possehl Prizes for Art" 

Matt Mullican: Possehl Prize for International Art 2022

The American artist Matt Mullican (born in 1951) is a leading representative of what is known as the Pictures Generation, a group of artists who explored the impact of mass media images on everyday perception in the mid-1970s and so declared them to be an established element of their approach to art-making. By awarding Matt Mullican the jury has acknowledged his life’s work, which continues to have a strong influence on younger generations of artists. continue

Doris Salcedo: Possehl Prize for International Art 2019

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. continue

New call for proposals for artists from Lübeck!

We look forward to seeing many fascinating ideas for projects. The call for proposals for the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2023 is open from 20 February to 17 April 2023. 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. 

Further information:


Contact: Sylvia Teske-Schlaak, stiftung.emil@possehl.de, +49 (0)451 148219

The prize-winners

Heinke Both: Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2021

This year the local prize goes to the artist Heinke Both (*1964), who combines painting, drawing, collage and photography in her pictures and ... continue

Sebastian Schröder: Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2020

In June 2020 Sebastian Schröder (*1981) became the well-deserved winner of the second Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art. continue

Janine Gerber: Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2018

In May 2018 the jury members from internationally renowned art galleries and museums met to award the first Possehl Art Prizes. They chose Janine Gerber (*1974) as the first winner of the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art. continue 

A meeting between two Possehl Prize winners: Max Schön with Janine Gerber and Doris Salcedo (2019)


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