Szpilman Award

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The Szpilman Award is an annual art prize. It is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time. The purpose of the award is to promote such works whose forms consist of ephemeral situations.[1] It was first presented in 2003 and is still the only award for ephemeral works worldwide.[citation needed] The prize is open for the public.


The Szpilman Award is initiated, financed and organized by German-based art group Szpilman. It was founded in 2003.[2] Initially only people from Germany could apply. Regulations were changed in 2004 and opened the call for Europe. The public interest in the prize raised. In 2006 Szpilman abolished any restrictions: everyone from all over the world[3] can apply now for the Szpilman Award. The winner is chosen by a panel of up to 10 independent judges including the winner of the previous year. The prize is accompanied with a dynamic cash award (sum of money collected by members of the jury parallel to the competition, called "Jackpot Stipendium"), a trip to Cimochowizna (Poland), and a challenge cup whichwill be handed over to the next prize winner in the subsequent year.[4]

Since 2008 the Szpilman Award is also running a daily bulletin about ephemeral works, called "Potz!Blitz!Szpilman!".[5]

To make ephemeral works more public and to show a greater variety of possibilities members of Szpilman Award curate exhibitions since 2006 in cities all around the world, called Szpilman Award Shows, e.g. in galleries, museums and public spaces in Austria, Germany,[6] Greenland, Israel, Italy,[7] Switzerland,[8] The Netherlands and Turkey.[9]

Winners and shortlisted artists[edit]

Year Winner Work Shortlisted Notes
2003 Weidner, JuliaJulia Weidner
'Keep on' Shannon Bool
David Borchers
Karin Felbermayr
Stefan Hurtig
Alice Musiol
Gudrun Schuster
2004 Bolt, CatrinCatrin Bolt
'Ausstellung in der galerie.kärnten' Shannon Bool
David Borchers & Gregor Schubert
Matthias Lehmann
Alice Musiol
Gloria Zein

Szpilman Award 2004 Winner - Catrin Bolt.jpg

2005 Heta, AlbertAlbert Heta [10]
'Embassy of the Republic of Kosova, Prague, Czech Republic' Wolfgang Breuer
Sarah Ortmeyer
Michael Part
Simone Slee
Adrian Williams
2006 Flemming, MartinMartin Flemming [11]
'Wenn jeder denkt, es ist für alle, dann füttert niemand die Fische' Oleg Buryan
Pol Matthé
Stefanie Trojan

Szpilman Award 2006 Winner - Martin Flemming.jpg

2007 Fishbone, DougDoug Fishbone
(United Kingdom)

Michał Sznajder

'Untitled (Muslim in Cage in Freud Museum)'

Evangelia Basdekis
Anja Brendle & Sebastian Höhmann
Marc Nothelfer
Poison Idea

Szpilman Award 2007 Winner - Doug Fishbone, Michał Sznajder.jpg

2008 Szejnoch, KamilaKamila Szejnoch [12]
'Swing' Giorgina Choueiri
Julia Dick
Sai Hua Kuan
Kate Mitchell
Chris Richmond

Szpilman Award 2008 Winner - Kamila Szejnoch.jpg

2009 Schmidt in der Beek, HankHank Schmidt in der Beek [13]
'In den Zillertaler Alpen' Jennyfer Haddad
Gerard Herman
Jaroslav Kyša
Roy Menahem Markovich
Alexander Thieme

Szpilman Award 2009 Winner - Hank Schmidt in der Beek.jpg

2010 Nuytemans, SaraSara Nuytemans & Arya Pandjalu [14]
(The Netherlands & Indonesia)
'Treebute from Yogya' Anna Gohmert
Jennyfer Haddad
Maria Victoria Muñoz Castillo
Berndnaut Smilde
Tomas Werner

Szpilman Award 2010 Winner - Sara Nuytemans & Arya Pandjalu.jpg

2011 Kyša, JaroslavJaroslav Kyša [15]
(United Kingdom)
'The Barrier' Jaś Domicz
David Horvitz
Petr Krátký
Jinho Lim
Péter Szabó

Szpilman Award 2011 Winner - Jaroslav Kyša.jpg

2012 Minov, MináMiná Minov [16]
'Bribe a Jury' Kush Badhwar
Alex Jones
Max Schranner
Amanda Wachob
2013 Schröder, LuukLuuk Schröder [17]
'Untitled' Vojtěch Fröhlich, Ondřej Mladý, Jan Šimánek and Vladimír Turner
Ilisie Remus
Marwin Rüffer
RoByn Thompson
Dominic Watson
2014 Stasiewicz, Paweł Paweł Stasiewicz [18]
'1,2,3,4' Robert Mădălin Demeter, Alexis Dworsky & Joachim Kaiser
Dávid Gutema & Dávid Mikulán
Lodewijk Heylen
Maciej Szczęśniak


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Notes and references[edit]


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  1. ^ Nunez-Fernandez, Lupe: "Mahony at Austrian Cultural Forum" Saatchi Online, 9 May 2007.
  2. ^ Weber, Grit: Szpilman Award, art kaleidoscope, page 23, January 2009.
  3. ^ "Who participates in the Szpilman Award? " Szpilman Award: Information, viewed: 12 January 2009.
  4. ^ Vvoi: "Szpilman Award: carpe diem, one ephemeral step at a time" New Art blog, 16 May 2007.
  5. ^ "In love with ephemeral" Sleek Magazine No.22, page 94, September 2009.
  6. ^ "Mer spingkse, wat kütt. Szpilman Award Show #12 - Clages". Clages. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Präsentation - Szpilman Award Show #10". Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  8. ^ "La Placette". Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  9. ^ "Szpilman Award: Night of the Sunglasses". Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  10. ^ Paulson, Marc: Apply Now!, Laser Magazin, page 24-28, April 2007.
  11. ^ Bieber, Alain: "Szpilman Award 2007", 18 March 2007.
  12. ^ Bosetti, Petra: "Ein Preis für (fast) nichts" art magazin, 25 November 2008.
  13. ^ "Hank Schmidt in der Beek: In den Zilltertaler Alpen" ArtSchoolVets, 10 May 2009.
  14. ^ Bianpoen, Carla: "The quest for survival" The Jakarta Post, 7 May 2013.
  15. ^ HR Stamenov; Petkova, Bora: Practices in Public Environment, 2012, page 92.
  16. ^ Klopp, Tina: "Wie verkauft man eine Performance?" Die Zeit, 7 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Szpilman Award 2013". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Szpilman Award 2014". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 

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