Grand Austrian State Prize

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The Grand Austrian State Prize (German: Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis) is a decoration given annually by Austria to an artist for exceptional work. The recipient must be an Austrian citizen with a permanent residence in Austria.

It was originally created in 1950 by then education minister Felix Hurdes. The prize is given according to the recommendation by the Austrian Art Senate without a set rotation schedule for literature, music, visual art, or architecture. Since 2003 it has been endowed with a 30,000 euro prize. In the areas of film and artistic photography, the prize is awarded according to a jury and not the Art Senate.

Since 1971, the prize has been given to only one person a year, instead of sometimes given to multiple people in different categories.

Recipients[edit]

Literature[edit]

1950 Josef Leitgeb 1951 Felix Braun 1952 Martina Wied
1953 Rudolf Henz
Rudolf Kassner
1954 Max Mell 1955 Franz Theodor Csokor
1956 Franz Nabl 1957 Heimito von Doderer,
Franz Karl Ginzkey
1958 Imma von Bodmershof
1959 Carl Zuckmayer 1961 Albert Paris Gütersloh,
Alexander Lernet-Holenia
1962 George Saiko
1963 Kurt Frieberger 1964 Johannes Urzidil 1966 Fritz Hochwälder
1967 Elias Canetti 1968 Ingeborg Bachmann,
Marlen Haushofer
1969 Christine Busta
1970 Christine Lavant 1972 Friedrich Heer 1974 Hans Carl Artmann
1977 Manès Sperber 1979 Friedrich Torberg 1982 Christin Karl
1984 Ernst Jandl 1987 Peter Handke 1989 Oswald Wiener
1991 Gerhard Rühm 1994 Wolfgang Bauer 1995 Ilse Aichinger
1998 Andreas Okopenko 2001 Gert Jonke

Music[edit]

1950 Joseph Marx 1951 Egon Kornauth 1953 Paul Angerer,
Johann Nepomuk David
1955 Josef Matthias Hauer 1956 Hans Erich Apostel,
Otto Siegl
1957 Hans Gál
1959 Theodor Berger,
Alfred Uhl
1961 Egon Wellesz 1963 Ernst Krenek
1965 Gottfried von Einem 1966 Hanns Jelinek 1967 Karl Schiske
1968 Erich Marckhl 1969 Anton Heiller 1970 Marcel Rubin
1976 Cesar Bresgen 1981 Roman Haubenstock-Ramati 1986 Friedrich Cerha
1990 György Ligeti 1992 Kurt Schwertsik 2002 Hans Karl Gruber 2006 Georg Friedrich Haas

Visual Art[edit]

1951 Alfred Kubin 1952 Albert Paris Gütersloh 1954 Herbert Boeckl
1955 Oskar Kokoschka,
Fritz Wotruba
1956 Alfred Wickenburg 1957 Karl Sterrer
1958 Toni Schneider-Manzell 1960 Max Weiler,
Ferdinand Kitt
1962 Josef Dobrowsky
1963 Arnold Jakob Clementschitsch 1965 Sergius Pauser 1966 Hans Fronius
1968 Kurt Moldovan 1969 Rudolf Hoflehner 1973 Joannis Avramidis
1978 Arnulf Rainer 1980 Friedensreich Hundertwasser 1985 Walter Pichler
1988 Maria Lassnig 1993 Bruno Gironcoli 1996 Günter Brus
1997 Christian Ludwig Attersee 2003 Siegfried Anzinger

Architecture[edit]

1950 Josef Hoffmann 1953 Clemens Holzmeister 1954 Max Fellerer
1958 Erich Boltenstern 1962 Roland Rainer 1965 Josef Frank
1967 Franz Schuster 1971 Gustav Peichl 1975 Karl Schwanzer
1983 Hans Hollein 1999 Coop Himmelb(l)au -
Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky
2000 Wilhelm Holzbauer
2004 Günther Domenig