Annually since 1953 the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft awards  young artists with the ars viva prize of Visual Arts.

Paul Kolling, Photo: Paul Kolling; Leyla Yenirce, Photo: Ralf Köster; Shaun Motsi, Photo: Shaun Motsi, 2022

In 2022 the ars viva Prize for Visual Art will be awarded to Paul Kolling (*1993), Shaun Motsi (*1989) und Leyla Yenirce (*1992).


This year’s award includes exhibitions at Goethe-Institut Paris and the Haus der Kunst in Munich. Each artist receives a 5,000 Euro stipend. In addition, the Kulturkreis will produce a bilingual catalogue published by Kerber Verlag. The jury selected this year’s awardees from 43 nominated artists under the age of 35.

The jury, chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein, consisted of members of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft’s Committee for Visual Arts along with cooperating partners Nicolas Ehler (Goethe-Institut Paris), Emma Enderby and Dr. Jana Baumann (Haus der Kunst, München), Nicolaus Schafhausen and Micaela Dixon (Fogo Island Arts), and
Min-young Jeon and Maximilian Kraus (Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft). Maurin Dietrich (Kunstverein München) served as an advisor.


Haus der Kunst, München

Holy. Energy. Masters. ars viva 2023

Opening: May 4, 2023

Goethe-Institut Paris
Opening: September 16, 2022