Laureates 2019

Johannes Stüttgen

is being honoured for his life’s work in spreading, deepening and continuing Joseph Beuys’ idea of an expanded concept of art, for precision and clarity in showing the idea of Social Sculpture in its various facets, and for his practical commitment as co-founder of the Omnibus for Direct Democracy. The prize money is 10,000 euros. The award ceremony took place on 22 November 2019 in Düsseldorf.

Photo: Michael von der Lohe

Impressions of the award ceremony to Johannes Stüttgen on 22.11.2019 at the Malkasten in Düsseldorf.
Link to the speech of Johannes Stüttgen (in german) (Source: Omnibus for direct democracy, Christof Bednarz).


is awarded as an ecological-social model project that brings together different initiatives to form a future-oriented sustainability network and brings about social transformation towards greater participation, ecological sustainability and social justice. The prize money is 10,000 euros. The award ceremony took place on 23 November 2019 at Utopiastadt in Wuppertal.

Photo: Jan Hagelstein

Impressions of the award ceremony to Utopiastadt on 23.11.2019 at Utopiastadt in Wuppertal.

Award ceremony Social Sculpture Award to Johannes Stüttgen on 22.11.2019 in Düsseldorf

1. Reception in the Malkasten

2. Certificate for Johannes Stüttgen

3. Award donor Suzanne Augenstein

4. Lecture of the award winner

5. “The answer to the riddle”

6. Klaudia Zepuntke, city of Düsseldorf

7. Laudator Daniel Schily

8. Congratulations

9. With Katharina Sieverding

10. Meetings

11. Meetings

12. Meetings

13. Congratulations

14. Congratulations

15. Congratulations

16. Walter Kugler with family Stüttgen

Michael von der Lohe

17. Honour by the jury

18. With them: Award winner Utopiastadt

Award ceremony Social Sculpture Award to Utopiastadt on 23.11.2019 in Wuppertal

1. Main building with former railway line

2. SSC Award for Utopiastadt

3. The Plan

4. Inspection

5. All together

6. The Campus

7. David Becher explains Utopiastadt

8. Renovation project 1st class waiting room

9. Site inspection

10. … with the award donor Suzanne Augenstein 

11. Lord Mayor Oberbürgermeister Andreas Mucke

12. At Café Hutmacher

13. Handover of the certificate

14. Laudation by Bettina Paust

15. Discussion

16. The social sculpture theme

Jan Hagelstein: Pictures 1, 2, 4, 6-8, 10, 11, 13-18
Wolf Sondermann: Pictures 3, 5, 9, 12

17. Energy

18. Also present: award winner Johannes Stüttgen