Presentation of the Gutenberg-Award 2020

On Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Gutenberg Prize 2020 was awarded to the printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl. The Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society is awarded every two years and honors outstanding artistic, technical and scientific achievements in the field of the art of printing.

After the welcoming speeches by the President of the Gutenberg-Gesellschaft, Lord Mayor Michael Ebling, and Marianne Grosse, Head of the Department of Culture in Mainz, the laudation will follow. The laudator Thomas Schirmböck, head of ZEPHYR - Raum für Fotografie in Mannheim, opened his speech with amusing anecdotes from Steidl's childhood and youth. He then described Steidl's career and reported on his most important achievements and cooperations with well-known personalities such as Karl Lagerfeld and Günter Grass.

Due to the current situation, the award ceremony took place in the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz only in front of a small circle of invited guests. For this reason, the award ceremony was recorded and all interested parties can watch it in full here as a video afterwards. 

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Since the beginning of 2019, the Gutenberg Society has wanted to expand its activities and involve its internationally distributed members more closely by founding locally active city groups. The cooperation of like-minded people needs points of contact, which we want to make available. Above all, personal encounters provide the opportunity to expand and deepen knowledge about the areas of interest through contacts. To this end, we have found some committed members who organise and carry out events on their own premises in the name of the Gutenberg Society. Ernst Reif made the start in Munich and launched the first events in April 2019. He was followed by Mario Derra in Gernsheim ( and Hans Josef Altmann in Velbert-Langenberg (

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