The Friedrich Becker Prize 2014 competition has recently opened for submissions from gold- and silversmiths, jewelry and metal artists and designers, from Germany and abroad.
In awarding the Friedrich Becker Prize – donated by Hildegard Becker – 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.
The Friedrich Becker Prize is endowed with 5000 Euro and has been awarded every three years since 1999, for outstanding, independent design with highest-quality execution.
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.
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 has previously been awarded to Rudolf Bott (1999), Anette Walz (2002), Peter Bauhuis (2005), Robert Baines (2008) and Alexander Vohswinkel (2011).