Announcement 2014



Art Award "Der freche Mario" 2014



Exodus 20: …3 "Do not have any other gods before me.   …
5 …. for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me,..."

Wikipedia: "Blasphemy is the disrespectful use of the name of one or more gods. It may include using sacred names as stress expletives without intention to pray or speak of sacred matters; it is also sometimes defined as language expressing disapproved beliefs, or disbelief. Sometimes blasphemy is used loosely to mean any profane language". In a broader sense, blasphemy is irreverence toward something considered sacred or inviolable.

Definition of the award:

We are looking for artwork that takes supernatural (i.e. most religious) beliefs  for a ride - in a humorous and intelligent way - and is therefore able to undermine the exclusive authority claim (e.g. the 1st commandment) in order to support the freedom of our social society and art.

Admitted forms of art:

Any form of art is accepted, including performances, lyrics, pieces of music, drawings, cartoons, sculptures, plays, cabaret, short films, …

Basic conditions:

Short films, performances, compositions, cabaret and plays have to be delivered in digital format (CD, DVD) and should be approximate 5 minutes long. Lyrics and cartoons should also be readable within about 5 minutes.


Promoters could be academies of art, professional schools of graphics and design, art magazines, music – and drama schools, museums for caricatures, art cafes, and more.  

However, we would appreciate it if any person reading this award  announcement could pass it on to other artists and interested persons, or hand over their contact data to the bfg München.

Intellectual property rights: 

All intellectual property rights shall remain with the artists. Applicants give admission to the bfg München to use  their work without any charges or tolls, to show it at events of other non-profit secular organisations. Names and contact data will be visible to the audience and the press if requested.

If any events requesting admission charge use these artworks as an essential element, 50% of the net profit shall be distributed to the artists whose artwork will be shown, distributed in equal shares. Any personal expenses will not be considered when calculating the net profit.

Closing date:

The closing date for submissions was May 29th, 2014 (Ascension Day). Submissions (exclusively by e-mail) had to be sent to: info <<at>>

Award ceremony:

This year's jury made ​​their choice from more than 330 entries with the support of the public during the "frecher mario" exhibition at Corso Leopold at this year's Streetlife Festival in Munich. The winners will be notified. In the award ceremony a selection of works submitted will be presented. The award ceremony will be held on 13 November 2014 at 7 p.m.
Location: Seidlvilla, Nicolai Platz 1, Munich (Schwabing)


The vernissage "Der Freche Mario" was held on 13./14.September at the "Karrée der Kunst" during the street festival "Corso Leopold" in Munich. 


The organizers of the "Frecher Mario" 2014 are:



  • Christian Döring – Owner of Bildmanufaktur Munich, Fine Art Print,  art reproduction
  • Klaus von Gaffron – Photo Artist, Chairman of the Professional Association of Visual Artists Bavaria ("Berufsverband Bildender Künstler Bayern")
  • Wolfram P. Kastner – Artist, founder of the Kurt-Eisner-Cultural Foundation ("Kurt-Eisner-Kulturstiftung")
  • Dr. Sylvia Katzwinkel – doctor, cultural producer
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Kröling (emerit) – doctor, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of GWUP
  • Michele Lorenzini – Painter, stage designer
  • Wolf Steinberger – Entrepreneur, curator of the Giordano Bruno Foundation
  • Assunta Tammelleo – Operator of the culture stage "Hinterhalt", member of the advisory board of the Giordano Bruno Foundation 
  • Michael Wladarsch – Qualified designer / owner 84 GHz, Chairman of the bfg-München (Federation for intellectual freedom Munich)



The patrons for the "Frechar Mario" 2014 will be announced soon. In 2012, the physicist and cabarett artist Gunkl and the cabaret artist and publicist  Niko Alm were the patrons of the "Frechen Mario". Patron of the "Frechen Mario" 2010 was the Duesseldorf graphic artist, cartoonist and car builder Jacques Tilly.


Prize money:

As in the previous year, this year a prize of 3,000 € € was donated by the IBKA (International League of Non-Religious and Atheists), who is also a co-organizer. Of course, all the organizers are trying to raise funds to increase the price money even more. If enough donations are recieved, we will pay up to 6,000 €  to a maximum of 3 winners. Should even higher amounts should be received, they will be deposited for the prize "Der Freche Mario 2014" .

Up to EUR 6.000 will be distributed to a maximum of 3 winners. Should we be able to raise a total sum higher than EUR 6.000, the rest will be carried over for next years´ award, “Frecher Mario 2016“ . 


We will gladly accept your donations supporting the blasphemous art award project. Please direct your donation with the keyword 'Frecher Mario' to the account of the bfg München, Account No. 1815-801 - Postbank München (BLZ 700 100 80). 


[Award Winners 2012] , [Report (in German)]