Felicia Mülbaier wins Justus Brinckmann Award 2019

Our artist Felicia Mülbaier, whose works can also be currently seen in the Direk­toren­haus, is the new winner of the Justus Brinkmann Award!

Until 1 December 2019, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) and the Justus Brinck­mann Gesellschaft are once again inviting to the MKG Art and Crafts Fair. The Justus Brinck­mann Prize, endowed with 7,500 euros and awarded during the fair, went to our artist Felicia Mülbaier. We are happy with her and congrat­u­late!


The Justus Brinck­mann Prize, which is awarded each year at the Kunst und Handwerk trade fair, is aimed at promoting outstanding contem­po­rary design and hand­i­crafts that keep old tech­niques alive and at the same time provide impulses for new tradi­tions. Widely perceived, this award is consid­ered one of the most renowned for creative crafts­man­ship in Germany. Within the frame­work of the MKG, the main prize, endowed with € 7,500, and the promo­tional prize, endowed with € 2,500, are awarded in addi­tion to the main prize. The candi­dates will be nomi­nated sepa­rately by the trade fair jury.


This year’s winners were announced at the opening cere­mony on 21 November 2019. The Justus Brinck­mann Prize, endowed with 7,500 euros, goes to Felicia Mülbaier from Idar-Ober­stein, the epicentre of gemstone art. She goes beyond the conven­tional bound­aries of her profes­sion and moves in an exciting ambiva­lence between the archaic and the forward-looking, according to the jury. Areen Hassan (*1994) will receive the Justus Brinck­mann Award, endowed with 2,500 euros. “She convinced the jury with her cultural and craft concept,” says Caro­line Schröder, Director of the Modern Collec­tion at the MKG and curator of the MKG trade fair. In her handling of cultural patterns, the textile designer combines the highest crafts­man­ship and reacts to the complex situ­a­tion in which she lives as a Pales­tinian in Nazareth, Israel.


In an active confronta­tion with the increas­ingly blurred bound­aries between art, crafts and design, three expert panel discus­sions will take place on 24 November 2019 from 3 p.m. onwards. In the “Design Talks”, MKG Director Tulga Beyerle will discuss simi­lar­i­ties and differ­ences between the indi­vidual disci­plines with Marie Filippa Janssen, Hendrike Faren­holtz and Philipp Weber. Each of the creative and hand­crafted discus­sion part­ners comes from a different starting point; all three are united by their love of hand­made prod­ucts.

Felicia Mülbaier in Direk­toren­haus: www.direktorenhaus.com/en/artist/felicia-muelbaier