Koschatzky Art-Award '21


We proudly present the award ceremony event with a guided tour named "Insights":

driven by Rotary Wien-Albertina

The Koschatzky Art-Award ("KA") is a competition held every two years since 2005, which aims to honour and promote young emerging artists up to 35 years of age. Approx. 2,400 works by approx. 800 artists from approx. 80 countries are submitted to the jury of the KA. The Koschatzky Art Award is the largest graphic art award in Europe and has already served as a springboard for many artists for an international career. The Rotary Club Wien-Albertina has launched this initiative and is now organizing the KA'21 together with the Rotaract Club Wien-Albertina for the 9th time.


Sales exhibition
nominated works

211 works by 74 artists were nominated as part of the Koschatzky Art-Award by the jury chaired by Karola Kraus (General Director of mumok Vienna) and can now be viewed LIVE in the state rooms of the Schönborn-Batthyány Palace.

EXHIBITION DURATION: May 20. - 22. and May 25. - 28. 2021
VISITING HOURS: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
LOCATION: Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, Renngasse 4, 1010 Vienna

The currently legally prescribed corona rules apply. Rapid antigen tests are offered on site free of charge.
Let yourself be inspired by the creativity of the young artists and visit the exhibition!

The winners of KA’21 will be announced at the official award ceremony on May 26, 2021 on this website, on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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call for entries

Call for entries

Any work on paper1 by artists who are over the age of 18 and below the age of 352 may be entered into the competition. .

key dates

Key Dates

The Art-Award key dates, starting with online submission followed by the 3-stage jury process and ending with the award ceremony, can be found here.



1st prize: € 6,000 / 2nd prize: € 4,000 / 3rd prize € 2,500. In addition, the organizer and sponsors plan to purchase a number of works.

Call for entries

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(only in german)

1 Any work on paper may be entered into the competition. Photography that has been subject to graphic or digital processing may also be submitted. There are no limits to the creative bandwidth. This is an open competition, i.e. there is no theme.
The maximum dimensions for entries are 100 x 140 cm without a frame and 110 x 150 cm with a frame, with a maximum depth (thickness) of 15 cm.

2 The competition is open to all artists who are over the age of 18 and below the age of 35 on 1 May 2021 and who have their main residence in Europe.

Key Dates


  • Welcome

    7 October 2020

    Welcome to the
    Koschatzky Art-Award

    Rotary and Rotaract Club Wien-Albertina warmly welcome you to the Koschatzky Art-Award.

  • Starting date for online submissions

    25 November 2020

    Call for entries

    Starting date for online submissions (Phase 1)

  • Closing date for online submissions

    31 January 2021, 12pm CET

    End of application period

    Closing date for online submissions: 31 January 2021, 12pm midnight (Central European Time CET).

  • Invitation for selected artists

    22 March 2021

    Invitation for selected artists

    Selected artists will be invited to submit their works in the original.
    (Phase 2)

  • Exhibition catalog

    Beginning of April 2021

    Exhibition catalog / selected works

    A catalog of all nominated works will be provided in online format. (Phase 3)

    (only in german)

  • Submissions of the original works

    12 April 2021, 2-6pm

    Submission of the original works

    Submission of the original works selected by the jury – Palais Schönborn, Renngasse 4, 1010 Vienna (Austria).

  • Sales-Exhibition

    20-22 and 25-28 May 2021, 11am-4pm

    nominated works

    Selected nominated works will be presented in Palais Schönborn-Batthyány in Vienna.

  • Award ceremony

    26 May 2021, from 7pm

    Award ceremony

    The award cerermony event will be broadcasted via livestream and without any audience.

    • A guided tour “Insights” by Mrs. Eleonora Frolov (international curator and expert for contemporary art)

    • Award ceremony by the jury chairwoman Karola Kraus and the presidents of the Rotary / Rotaract clubs Vienna-Albertina

Walter Koschatzky


Walter Koschatzky

Walter Koschatzky was born on 17 August 1921 in Graz. He attended high school and the military college Liebenau near Graz. Between 1940 and 1945 he performed military service before going on to study art history, history and philosophy at the University of Graz. From 1956 he headed the “Neue Galerie” at the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz. In 1961, he was appointed Director of the Graphic Collection Albertina in Vienna, a position he held for 25 years. During this time, he gained broad respect for his academic research and 210 exhibitions of ancient and modern art in the Albertina itself. Other exhibitions organized in Austria and abroad helped establish the collection’s global reputation. Walter Koschatzky lectured at the universities of Vienna and Salzburg, was a member of many international committees and served as a juror at major graphic biennials e.g. in Ljubljana, Varna, Cracow and Puerto Rico. He published numerous books on the art of graphics, the art of watercolors, the art of drawing, Rudolf von Alt, and Albrecht Dürer's landscape watercolors, and also made art films for the Austrian Broadcasting Network - ORF (Telemuseum, Rudolf von Alt, The Century of Austrian Watercolor, Thomas Ender). Walter Koschatzky died on 9 May 2003 in Vienna.



Karola Kraus, Chairwoman


General Director mumok Vienna

Gabriela Koschatzky-Elias, Member of Jury


Culture Publicist
Member of Jury

Eva Schlegel, Member of Jury


Member of Jury

Otto-Hans Ressler, Member of Jury


Art Expert
Art Auctioneer
Member of Jury

Christian Norden, Member of Jury


Rotary Club Wien-Albertina
President 2020/2021
Member of Jury

Pamina Strobl, Member of Jury


Rotaract Club Wien-Albertina
President 2020/2021
Member of Jury

Executive Producer
Koschatzky Art-Award ‘21


Reinhard Backhausen, Gesamtkoordinator WKKP 2021


Past-President Rotary Club
Wien-Albertina 2017/2018


guided exhibition-tour
“Insights” by


Eleonora Frolov, International curator and expert for contemporary art


International curator and expert
for contemporary art

Photo: © Laurin Würdig





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(only in german)


The Koschatzky Art-Award offers a wide range of sponsoring opportunities
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Winners of the Koschatzky Art-Award
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Award Ceremony 2021

Award Ceremony 2021

Exhibition 2021

Exhibition 2021

Award ceremony 2019

Preisverleihung 2019

Award ceremony 2017

Preisverleihung 2017

Auction 2016

Auction 2016





In addition to the promotion of young artists through the Koschatzky Art-Award, the Rotary Club Wien-Albertina set up a legally dependent fund with effect from October 1st, 2011, from which a scholarship of at least 6,000.00 € per year according to established guidelines is awarded. This scholarship is called "Koschatzky Art-Award Scholarship" (KA scholarship) and is awarded to young, aspiring artists who have got into financial hardship through no fault of their own.

You can find more information about the scholarship and how it is awarded here.



We thank our sponsors:

Sponsors Koschatzky Art-Award '21

Branding- and
communication concept

Thomas May




Konrad Anders



Do you have any questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us!

The Koschatzky Art-Award is organized by Rotary Club Wien-Albertina which is registered as an association under Austrian law and is a member of the worldwide Rotary organization. Clubs are non-political, non-religious and open to all cultures, races and creeds.
Address: Renngasse 4, 1010 Vienna, Austria
E-Mail: office@koschatzky-award.art

Press inquiries:
Prof. Claus Reitan

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