12. April 2022 Hanover

Adrian Sauer will receive the SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography 2023 of the Stiftung Niedersachsen

Prize-winner exhibition from 14 October 2023 to 14 January 2024 at the Sprengel Museum Hannover

Porträt Adrian Sauer | © Horst Doemoetoer

The Stiftung Niedersachsen honours the artist Adrian Sauer with the SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography 2023. Born in East Berlin in 1976, Sauer reflects on the medium of photography in his artistic-conceptual way of working and critically questions the consequences of digitization on photography, the conditions underlying image production and the ways in which the medium depicts reality.


From the jury statement:
"Standing in the tradition of image-analytical photography, he has at the same time consistently extended this to intermedial forms of art and in doing so – perhaps surprisingly – has above all carried the long-discussed relationship between painting and photography into the present artistic debates. It is therefore no coincidence that Sauer is perceived as one of the most distinguished representatives in the context of contemporary abstract art."

The internationally renowned SPECTRUM Prize is endowed with € 15,000. Adrian Sauer will also be honoured with a major exhibition of his work at the Sprengel Museum Hannover and an artist book. Sauer's work will be presented to the public for the first time on this scale. The award ceremony will take place during the opening of the exhibition on 13 October 2023.

Jury | Lavinia Francke (Stiftung Niedersachsen), Letizia Ragaglia (Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein), Dr. Esther Ruelfs (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg), Dr. Stefan Gronert (Sprengel Museum Hannover) and Prof. Dr. Steffen Siegel (Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen)

The SPECTRUM International Prize for Photography has been awarded to outstanding contemporary photographic artists since 1994. Among others, Zanele Muholi (2021), Fiona Tan (2019), Helen Levitt (2008), John Baldessari (1999) and Thomas Struth (1997) have been awarded. As the cultural foundation of Lower Saxony, the Stiftung Niedersachsen strengthens the diversity of culture in Lower Saxony by supporting non-profit projects and contributes to raising the profile of the cultural location. Each year, the foundation supports around 200 projects and is itself operationally active.

For further information please contact:
Katharina Nitsch
Referentin Kommunikation