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



Professor Kasper König (*1943) was only twenty-three years old when he curated the Claes Oldenburg exhibition in a museum in Stockholm. While still a student, he organized several exhibitions and published numerous books. In 1985, König became Professor of Art and the Public, a then newly created position at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf.  Three years later, he accepted a professorship at the Städelschule Frankfurt, where he has served as president of this fine arts college since 1989. During this same period he became founding director of the Portikus, an exhibition hall in Frankfurt/Main. König has organized several large exhibitions (1979). In 2000 he was responsible for In-Between Architecture, the arts projects of the EXPO Hannover, and was also appointed director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Together with Klaus Bußmann, he organized the first sculpture projects muenster in 1977.




Dan Perjovschi, born in 1961, became known through several national and international exhibitions, which include the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 1999, Zollverein World Heritage (Essen, 2003), Museum Ludwig (Cologne, 2007) and the Museum of Modern Art (New York, 2007). Hamburg’s art lovers recognize him from the subvision 2009 festival, curated by the current director of the Galerie der Gegenwart, Dr. Brigitte Kölle.



Dan Perjovschi has drawn on the glass surface of the entrance and the walls of the atrium at the Galerie der Gegenwart, with his characteristic drawings. These statements, drawn with black and white markers directly in the room (walls and windows) enable a humorous and precise insight into events of the day as well as into both the human comedy and tragedy.