The Rosa Schapire Art Prize
is an award given by the
Freunde der Hamburger

The Rosa Schapire Art Prize.

An homage to being different.

By awarding the Rosa Schapire Art Prize, the Freunde der Kunsthalle advocates a luminous and unfettered interpretation of art. The prize shall honour an artist’s personality, whose piece of art qualifies as a valuable and vivid contribution to the collection of the traditional yet aspirational museum Hamburger Kunsthalle.


The [obstinate] idea.

No jury. One judge.

Is it possible for a single person to decide who shall be awarded with the €20,000 art prize? Yes it is. And it should be. Instead of being a majority decision, the Rosa Schapire Art Prize is intended to make a bold statement. For this purpose, the respective director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle shall annually invite a colleague or public person to serve as the judge. The presentation shall then take place in the setting of an award ceremony. Furthermore, the award-winning piece of art will be acquired by Freunde der Kunsthalle and donated to the Kunsthalle.

Friends of the Hamburger Kunsthalle.

Friends by virtue of passion – Supporters by virtue of belief.

With more than 18.000 members, „Freunde der Kunsthalle“ is one of the most prominent friends’ associations in the German-speaking world. Since 1923, following the idea of the founder, director Gustav Pauli, the organisation works towards the following goals: conveying art to the general public and aiding the Kunsthalle in the acquisition of art as well as the funding of exhibitions.

Friends of the Kunsthalle is an excellently lead organisation, carried by a wide margin of people.
And if I was born again, I would walk down the exact same path. Rosa Schapire

A [tenacious] character.

Rosa. Schapire.

Rosa Schapire (1874-1954) was recognized by the people of her time as a grand pioneer in the field of contemporary modern art. Full of enthusiasm and zest for action, this extraordinary art historian fought for the abolishment of traditional perceptions of art. She was a friend, a supporter and an advocate. In her time, her commitment without backing was extremely courageous.

One [brave] judge.

Wholly independent.

The judge of the Rosa Schapire Art Prize shall be solely committed to the dauntless and passionate spirit of the eponymous art historian. Not an easy task, yet fascinating and honourable. Whom would Rosa choose? Whom would she support, award, highlight among the huge amount of superb artists?

Any individual has an extraordinary potential -  provided that he is ready and willing to commit. Rosa Schapire


Judge 2018

Agnieszka Morawinska, Ph.D. studied art history at the University of Warsaw. From 1976 to 1991 she worked as a curator of the Gallery of Polish Art in the National Museum in Warsaw. From 1991 to 1992 she held the position as an Under Secretary of State for Foreign Relations at the Ministry of Culture and Arts and as an Ambassador of the Republic of Poland from 1993 to 1997 in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. After returning to Poland, she worked as a curator at the Warsaw Royal Castle. From 2001, she lead/chaired the Zachęta National Art Gallery in Warsaw, one of the most important institutions for contemporary art in Poland, before assuming/taking over the position of director of the National Museum in Warsaw in autumn 2010. In May 2018 she resigned due to a lack of communication with the Ministry of Culture.



Artist 2018

Born in 1937 in Zywiec, Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, or Natalia LL, is a pioneer of feminist art in Poland. Already in her early works she deals with the female subject in a patriarchal, increasingly consumerist society and were quickly perceived/ackknowledged by well-known feminist critics such as Lucy Lippard. In 1963, Natalia LL received her diploma from the State High School of Arts in Wroclaw (currently the Academy of Fine Arts). Together with her fellow artists Andrzej Lachowicz, Zbigniew Dlubak and Antoni Dzieduszycki, she founded and directed the PERMAFO Gallery, which offered artists a space for experiments in photography. Natalia LL was a lecturer at the University of Arts in Poznan from 2004 to 2013. Her works include painting, sculpture, installation, photography, video, performance and drawing. She lives and works in Wroclaw.