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 2019

Alexia Fabre, Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (MAC VAL)’s chief curator since the museum’s foundation, played a key role in the museum’s establishment already in 1998. Since 2005, Fabre has been responsible for developing the institution’s cultural policies as well as guiding its exhibitions and programmes. From 2007 to 2011 she taught at l’École du Louvre. In 2009 and 2011, she co-directed the Nuit Blanche in Paris alongside Frank Lamy, who is in charge of temporary exhibitions at MAC VAL. Fabre was a guest curator at the Manif d’Art Quebec City Biennial in Canada in 2017, and she was also the co-curator of the “The Moon” exhibition at the Grand Palais in 2019.




Artist 2019

The French sculptor and installation artist Tatiana Trouvé was born in 1968 in Cosenza, Italy. She spent her childhood in Dakar, after which she studied art in the Netherlands and in the Villa Arson of Nice. Her work includes bronze sculptures, installations, objects, drawings as well as the design of the exhibition rooms, in which her works are presented, with a particular focus on the relationship between space and time. She exhibited at the Biennale di Venezia in 2007 and at the São Paulo Biennial in 2010. Currently she lives and works in Paris.