Berlin Art

The Berlin Art Prize is the only award of its kind in Berlin: Launched in 2013 by four cultural producers, it honors contemporary art from Berlin and presents it to a wide audience. From the beginning the initiative aimed to create a community-oriented award, beyond the pre-existent art world economy. The concept is simple, yet singular: open to all, names and career experience are irrelevant, and only the art is taken into consideration.

The Berlin Art Prize exhibition will take place at The Shelf from September 1–28, 2018. The exhibition opening takes place on Friday, August 31, 2018 and the award ceremony will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, during Berlin Art Week. During the special midnight event, the winners will be announced live and for the first time. The ceremony will be followed by an afterparty. Additionally, the Berlin Art Prize will host a four-week series of discussions, performances, and talks at The Shelf. All exhibition events are open to the public.


Chosen from over 650 Berlin-based applicants through a multi-stage process, the nine nominees selected by the jury are:

Ana Alenso

Arthur Debert

Monika Grabuschnigg

Nina Kurtela

Alanna Lynch


Doireann O’Malley

Lorenzo Sandoval

Nina Wiesnagrotzki

 Of the artists selected by the jury – Pauline Doutreluingne, Övül Durmușoǧlu, Philipp Ekardt, Michaela Melián, and Johannes Paul Raether –  and presented in the exhibition, three will be chosen as winners of the Berlin Art Prize. The three winning artists will be awarded a trophy created for the occasion by Berlin-based artist Zuzanna Czebatul, prize money, and a four-week residency in Marrakech, Morocco.

The exhibition will present a broad spectrum of artistic positions – including sculpture, installation, ceramics, performance, video,  and conceptual art. With its sizable rooms, the location allows the exhibition to focus on nominee’s individual artistic practices, with multiple works from each artist.



August 31, 2018


Award Ceremony

September 28, 2018


September 1–September 28, 2018



Event Program



The Shelf

Prinzenstraße 34

10969 Berlin

The Berlin Art Prize is pleased to announce their participation in Berlin Art Week from September 26–30, 2018. Inclusion in Berlin Art Week will facilitate greater exposure for the nominees, concept, and program of events. During this time, the Berlin Art Prize team will be available for special tours of the exhibition. Please contact the Berlin Art Prize at for more information or to set up a tour during Berlin Art Week.

The Berlin Art Prize e.V.  has been generously awarded funding from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, enabling significant changes including an expanded program of public events and a 700 € participation fee for all 2018 nominees.

For more information, including the program of events, please visit the Berlin Art Prize website or Facebook for details.

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