Possehl Prizes for Art

Possehl Prize for International Art

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.

Further information about the Possehl Prize for International Art

Doris Salcedo receives first Possehl Prize for International Art

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.”

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Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art

In June 2020 our jury, composed of representatives of international art galleries and museums, will decide for the second time on the award of the Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art. The prize consists of €8,000 for the realisation of an artistic work by an artist from Lübeck. 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.

Submission period: 1 February to 31 March 2020

You can find the current call for proposals, with details of the application procedure and further information (in German) here:

CALL FOR PROPOSALS “Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2020"

GUIDELINES "Possehl Prizes for Art"

PRESS RELEASE "Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2020"

Contact: Sylvia Teske-Schlaak, stiftung.emil(at)possehl.de or +49 (0)451 148-219

Janine Gerber wins Possehl Prize for Lübeck Art 2018

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.”

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A meeting between two Possehl Prize winners Max Schön with Janine Gerber and Doris Salcedo


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