Since 1968, the Gutenberg Society, together with the city of Mainz, has awarded the Gutenberg Prize of the International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz for outstanding artistic, technical and scientific achievements in the field of printing. The award was initially awarded every three years, since 1994 then in the annual change with the Gutenberg Prize of the city of Leipzig, which also honors outstanding book art achievements. The Gutenberg Prize is endowed with 10,000 euros.
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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Gerhard Steidl, born in Göttingen in 1950, founded his own publishing house at the age of 18 and set up a screen-printing workshop for prints and posters in his home town. Since its foundation, the Steidl Verlag's in-house printing shop has developed into one of the most famous printing houses in the world, with international artists such as Joseph Beuys, Marcel Broodthaers and Nam June Paik among its customers. In 1993 Steidls Verlag was granted the world rights to the work of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass, which, along with works by icelandic Nobel Prize winner Halldòr Laxness and translations, is part of the publishing program.
The books published by Steidl Verlag are characterized by their individual design and layout. The printer and publisher, known for his passion for paper, personally selects paper and linen and checks all production steps from layout to printing. Each Steidl book literally passes through Gerhard Steidl's hands.
The Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society in Mainz mourn the death of their senator and Gutenberg Prize winner Ricardo José Vicent Museros, who died on 16 February 2019 at the age of 80.
Senator Museros was an outstanding personality and is the founder of the first Spanish printing museum in the Santa Maria del Puig monastery on the outskirts of Valencia. Thanks to him, the "Museo de la Imprenta y de la Obra Grafica", founded in 1987, has close ties to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
Born in 1938, the printer and publisher studied in Valencia and in Germany, where he graduated as a technician in photomechanical reproduction with work experience in various printing works in the country. He was the fourth generation of a family of printers and inherited his father's workshop in Valencia. He later founded several of his own companies, including Vicent García Editores in 1974. Vicent García Editores published several limited editions, numbered facsimiles of manuscripts, incunabula and old books as well as encyclopaedias on Valencian culture.
However, Senator Museros gained his greatest importance through his cultural mediation activities. In 1977, he promoted the town twinning between Mainz and Valencia, referring to the common connection through the heritage of Gutenberg. Mainz, the birthplace of printing with movable type, and Valencia, the printing site of the first literary work in Spain, have been in close contact ever since. On 11 December 1978, the partnership document was officially signed by representatives of both cities. Valencia is thus the first Spanish city to have entered into such a partnership with a German city.
Senator Museros received numerous awards for his wide-ranging services, including the Gutenberg Prize of the International Gutenberg Society and the City of Mainz in 1992 and the Federal Cross of Merit in 2003. Throughout his life, he remained faithful to his commitment to communicating the art of printing and promoting the relationship between the twin cities of Mainz and Valencia. By maintaining and further developing this European connection, which he has been instrumental in establishing, we keep his work alive in our memories.
In these days our sympathy goes especially to the family and all relatives.
Presidium and Board of the International Gutenberg Society