Friedrich Becker Prize 2014

Award  /  07 Mar 2014  -  04 Apr 2014
Published: 13.02.2014
Friedrich Becker Prize 2014.
Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus
DEADLINE: 07/03/2014

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A piece of jewelry or small hollow/flatware, either one-of-a-kind or a prototype for serial production with an innovative character typical of Friedrich Becker’s work may be submitted. The Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst wishes to commemorate the extraordinary individual and important designer Friedrich Becker by awarding a chosen winner 5.000 €.
Professor Friedrich Becker (1922 – 1997) was one of the outstanding artistic personalities of our time. As an internationally renowned goldsmith, as a creator of kinetic objects, and as a designer, he had a formative influence on goldsmiths’ art during the second half of the twentieth century. For his work, he was awarded first prizes and received the highest accolades from all over the world. Prestigious museums have included his work in their collections and have shown them in numerous exhibitions.

In awarding the Friedrich Becker Prize – donated by Hildegard Becker – the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Hanau Association for Goldsmiths’ Art), wishes to commemorate this extraordinary individual and important designer, Friedrich Becker, and entirely in accordance with his spirit, to distinguish the best of the best from among the succeeding generation of designers. The prize is endowed with Euro 5.000 and will be awarded every three years since 1999 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau, for exceptional, personally created design with highest-quality execution.

Previous prize-winners: The Friedrich Becker Prize has previously been awarded to Rudolf Bott (1999), Anette Walz (2002), Peter Bauhuis (2005), Robert Baines (2008) and Alexander Vohswinkel (2011)


Theme and materials: Submissions should be jewelry or small hollow/flatware, either one-of-a-kind or a prototype for serial production with an innovative character typical of Friedrich Becker’s work, which have been produced within the last three years. The inclusion of new materials and techniques is equally as desirable as the utilization of the classic materials for jewelry, hollow- and flatware design.

Gold- and silversmiths, metal artists, and designers, both domestic and foreign, are invited to submit entries. Each participant may submit a maximum of three works.

Insurance: The value in euros (material value and work hours) stated by the participant will be considered as the insurance value (maximum: 15.000,00 euros). The insurance coverage by the organizer begins with the arrival of the work(s) and ends with the receipt of the shipment by the receiver. In the case of loss or damage, only the cost of the material and work hours will be compensated. The works must be so constructed that they can withstand repeated packing and unpacking.The entry fee is 45.00 euros. The entries will only be submitted to the jury when the entry fee has been paid. The entry fee is to be paid to the following bank account.

Account holder: Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedkunst
e.V., Bank Account: Sparkasse Hanau, BLZ 506 500 23
Konto-Nr.: 56580, IBAN DE77 5065 0023 0000 0565 80, Swift-Bic: HELADEF1HAN


Award ceremony
The award ceremony and opening of the exhibition will take place on May 24 2014, at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. The award address will be held by Barbara Til, Director of the sculpture collection and applied arts and Assistant Director of Collections at the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

The prize winner and selected works will be shown until July 20, 2014, in the Museum Kunstpalast and then in the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau from July 26 through September 14, 2014.

For further information, please contact Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst e.V.