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The Stiftungspreis Fotokunst (foundation prize for photographic art) from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation highlights the special importance of contemporary photography in Sammlung Klein (the Klein collection). It comes with the award of 10,000 euros and is set up as a sponsorship prize for young artists who live and work in Germany. This year, it will be awarded for the fifth time. The subject, Gegenwart | Erinnerung (Present | Memory) gives a clue to the content here.


Present | Memory: two terms that do not produce a classic conceptual pairing but rather oppose each other – in apparent contradiction – referring on the one hand to the present time and on the hand to the human capacity to recall facts, perceptions and emotions from the repository of the mind. Nevertheless, in reference to something that has been, the act of remembering includes the aspect of temporality, in that it links the past with the present.

The two terms form the content framework of the foundation prize for photographic art from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation, the awarding of which is associated with an exhibition at KUNSTWERK. Ten artists have been nominated for it by a jury. We are now pleased to present the selected items of contemporary photography in Hängung #22. They refer to the title of the foundation prize by showing places as spaces of subjective or collective memory, reflecting on their identity-defining function in different temporal dimensions and challenging traditional concepts of photography as a medium of memory.


TOUR #22


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From Monday 2nd November, the new contact restrictions apply, with the aim of countering the spread of the coronavirus. Once again, we must therefore temporarily close KUNSTWERK and the Gegenwart | Erinnerung 2020 foundation prize for photographic art (Stiftungspreis Fotokunst) exhibition. As soon as we receive further information, we will keep you informed here.

2020 Award Winner

The jury met in Nussdorf at the end of September: Andrea Grützner from Berlin is the award winner of the 2020 foundation prize for photographic art (Stiftungspreis Fotokunst) from the Alison and Peter Klein foundation.

The jury comprised: Ann-Christin Bertrand, freelance curator and lecturer in Berlin and Switzerland; Dr Stefan Gronert, curator of photography and media art at Sprengel Museum Hannover; Dr Matthias Harder, curator and foundation director of the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin; and gallery owner Ute Noll from Stuttgart, who is also the photographic director and managing editor of DU magazine in Zurich.


KUNSTWERK has been open again since June. We have, of course, also implemented measures to protect your and our health. We are ensuring that no more than 30 people are in the building at once. Everyone must also wear a mouth/nose mask. During your visit, please observe the general hygiene and social distance rules, and be considerate on the stairs and when using the lift. In accordance with the state regulation currently in force, your contact details will be recorded and the time of your visit will be documented.


Alison and Peter W. Klein have exhibited their art collection in the museum designed by Folker Rockel since October 2007.


The presentation of the ten items nominated for the foundation prize for photographic art (Stiftungspreis Fotokunst) will remain available to see in the first few weeks of the coming year. The duration of the exhibition at KUNSTWERK has been extended to 21st February 2021.



No guided tours due to Corona regulations.


An 68 pp catalogue (German) is published for the exhibition Hängung #22 – Gegenwart / Erinnerung.

15 Euro

Available at the museum or by Email (plus additional shipping cost).