Friedrich Becker Prize 2020

Award  /  09 May 2020
Published: 21.10.2019
Friedrich Becker Prize 2020.
Christiane Weber-Stöber
Image from the exhibition 25 years Made in Hanau..
Image from the exhibition 25 years Made in Hanau.

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In awarding the Friedrich Becker Prize - donated by Hildegard Becker (1928–2018) - the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst (Association for Goldsmiths’ Art), Hanau wishes to commemorate Friedrich Becker as an extraordinary individual and important designer, and in accordance with his spirit, to recognize the best of the succeeding generation of designers.
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 within the Düsseldorf art scene, he had a formative influence on the goldsmiths’ art of the second half of the twentieth century. He was awarded first prizes for his work 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.

The Friedrich Becker Prize is endowed with 10.000,00 € and has been awarded every three years since 1999 by the Gesellschaft für Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau, for outstanding, independent 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), Alexander Vohswinkel (2011) Sam Tho Duong (2014) and Michael Becker (2017). 

Sam Tho Duong, goldsmith, jewelry designer, Pforzheim.
Cornelie Holzach M.A., museum director, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim.
Prof. Andrea Wippermann, diploma designer, Hochschule Wismar/Design Faculty.

Award Ceremony: 
The award ceremony and opening of the exhibition will take place on May 9, 2020, at the Stadtmuseum in Düsseldorf. The laudation will be held by Dr. Sabine Runde, senior custodian, curator of Applied Art from the Middle Ages to the Present, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt.
The prize winner and selected works will be shown until June 23, 2020 in the Stadtmuseum and then in the German Goldsmiths’ House in Hanau till the middle of August, 2020.