Every two years, the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award is granted to artists who make significant use of glass in their work.
Award Winners 2023
This year, we received 202 entries from 51 countries. We thank all the participants for their applications!
The jury of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation convened on 17 November 2022 and unanimously decided to award the following prizes.
Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award 2023, endowed with 10,000 €
Lena von Goedeke
Lives and works in Berlin and the Arctic
Honorary Diplomas of the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation
Lives and works in Denmark
Lives and works in Kassel, Germany
Lives and works in Halle an der Saale, Germany
Lives and works in Warsaw, Poland
Marlijn van Zadelhoff
Lives and works in Ede, Netherlands, and Koblenz, Germany
The Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation supports artists who show outstanding talent and make significant use of glass in their work. The foundation’s main instrument is the award of prizes every two years. The Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award is endowed with 10,000 Euro. Additionally, two talent prizes are awarded, each with an endowment of 1,500 Euro. The award winners should not be older than 40 years. Their works will be published in the journal “New Glass”.
Christoph Brockhaus, former director, Lehmbruck Museum
Dedo von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, head, Glasmuseum Hentrich
Helmut Ricke, former head, Glasmuseum Hentrich
Elisabeth Scheuba, attorney at law
Ulli Seegers, professor, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Thomas Virnich, artist and professor, Braunschweig University of Art (HBK)
Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation
The Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award was founded by Ruth-Maria Franz (1910–2008) to keep the memory of her daughter and artist Jutta Cuny (1940–1983).
Jutta Cuny was one of the most distinguished protagonists of European glass sculpture from the mid-1970s to her early tragic, accidental death. Shaped by sand-blasting from solid glass blocks, her sculptures opened new paths into glass art. Her cubic, polished blocks gained shape through their complex, matted interior. Jutta Cuny found transparent glass to be her favoured material, which she contrasted with others, such as bronze, or porcelain.
Through a number of generous gifts and the bequest of Ruth-Maria Franz, the Glasmuseum Hentrich today owns the artistic legacy of Jutta Cuny, including five major and a number of smaller works of art. It is thus the largest collection of her work in a public institution.
Ruth-Maria Franz established the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation in Vienna in 1984. By her request, the seat of the foundation was transferred in 1994 to the city of Dusseldorf. The foundation’s tasks are being managed by the Glasmuseum Hentrich, Kunstpalast.
Award Winners, 1987-2021