Since 2000, the Preis der Nationalgalerie honours important young positions in international art and will be awarded for the ninth time in 2017. The award winners and nominees have since been among the defining protagonists of contemporary art. The Förderpreis für Filmkunst was first presented in 2011 and in 2017 will be awarded for the fourth time.

Eligible for the Preis der Nationalgalerie are:

– Artists who are not older than the age of 40 at the time of nomination
– Artists of all nationalities who presently live and work in Germany


Selected directors and curators active in contemporary art are invited to name a candidate for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019. All members of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie are also entitled to nominate. Closing date for the longlist will be in January 2019.


The first jury will come together in February 2019, to select four artists from the candidates on the longlist for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019. Among the criteria for nomination are: a high creative potential, a convincing artistic oeuvre to date and an exceptional, possibly novel artistic approach. The four nominated artists will be announced as the shortlist in March 2019.

Shortlist Exhibition

The four nominated artists will present their work in fall 2019 in a joint exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof. It is left up to the artists whether they show new or already existing work.

Second Jury

The second jury, like the first, is selected by the Nationalgalerie and the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. The members of the second jury will be announced at a reception of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie during the opening of the Venice Biennale in May 2019.

The second jury will meet on the day of the award ceremony (fall 2019) and decide on the winner of Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019. Crucial for choosing the winner are not only the works in the exhibition, but the complete works of the respective artist. The reasons for the decision will be subsequently set out in a written statement.

The Award Ceremony

The award ceremony of the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 will take place in fall 2019. The announcement of the award winner is part of further festivities at Hamburger Bahnhof. On the same evening, the winner of the Förderpreis für Filmkunst will also be announced.

The Award

Since 2013, the Preis der Nationalgalerie is no longer associated with prize money, but with a solo exhibition at one of the Nationalgalerie’s locations in the following year. The size and the place of the project will be developed in collaboration with the artist. A publication will accompany the solo exhibition.

Förderpreis für Filmkunst

In July 2019 the first jury will meet again to decide on the winner of the Förderpreis für Filmkunst. The winner will be announced on the occasion of the award ceremony in fall 2019. The winner’s film will be shown from this day until the end of the exhibition.

Audience Award

The result of the audience vote and with it the winner of the audience award will be announced on the last day of the exhibition in February 2020. The audience award is presented in cooperation with tip Berlin.

Exhibition of the award winner

The solo exhibition of the award winner for 2019 will take place in autumn 2020 in one of the Nationalgalerie’s locations.