Theodor Wanner Award 2013

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Laureate: Yoko Ono, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Laureate: Yoko Ono, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013

Theodor Wanner Award 2013

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award 2013, Photo: Wolfgang Borrs

Theodor Wanner Award

Since 2009, the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) has conferred the Theodor Wanner Award to those who significantly contribute or have contributed their scientific, social, socio-political, artistic, entrepreneurial or financial expertise to foster dialogue among cultures. The award was launched at the initiative of the Friends of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen. The patron of the Theodor Wanner Award is the Foreign Minister of Germany.

Photo: © Earl McGehee

Yoko Ono

Artist, musician, activist – Since the beginning of her career, Yoko Ono is fighting for gender equality, international understanding and world peace. Over and over, Ono expresses her demands in provocative artistic statements.

For her lasting artistic and peace promoting political work the Theodor Wanner Award has been bestowed upon Yoko Ono on 17 October 2013 in Berlin. The laudatory speech was delivered by Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Foreign Minister of Germany.

Award

Preisobjekt

The Friends of ifa donates the prize money of 10,000 euros, which are appropriated to a project chosen by the winner. The award winners are honoured in a ceremony. The trophy was designed by Axel Kufus, professor for creation and development in design at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Award Winners

2011

Dr. h.c. Jacques Delors

Dr. h.c. Jacques Delors

Former president of the European Commission
Laudatory speech: Dr. h. c. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)

2010

Carla del Ponte

Carla del Ponte

Former judge at the International Criminal Court in Den Haag and former Swiss Ambassador
Laudatory speech: Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Jutta Limbach, former president of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)

2009

Dr. h. c. Daniel Barenboim

Dr. h. c. Daniel Barenboim

General music director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin, founder of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Laudatory speech: Dr. h.c. Joschka Fischer and former Foreign Minister of Germany
Documentation in German (PDF)
    

Jury

The award winners are selected by a majority vote of the jury, which includes among others the directors of the Friends of ifa and ifa itself. The jury is free to choose as it wishes. Current jury members include

  • Ursula Seiler-Albring, ifa President
  • Dr. Adam-Claus Eckert, Chairman of the Friends of ifa
  • Bernt Graf zu Dohna, ifa Vice President and Member of the Friends of ifa
  • Otto Ruthenberg, Member of the ifa executive board and Daimler AG
  • Ronald Grätz, ifa Secretary General

Suggestions can be made by among others members of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), members of Friends of the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, the advisory boards, and ifa employees.

Theodor Wanner (1875-1955) was a Stuttgart citizen, patron of the arts, patriarch and at the same time a busy manager. His name is synonymous with bourgeois, Swabian entrepreneurship. Motivated by his own experience abroad, he founded and established countless cultural initiatives, such as the Württembergische Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften (Association of Württemberg Patron of the Arts) and the Deutsches Ausland-Institut (German Foreign Institute, DAI), the predecessor to today's Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa). Theodor Wanner was the long-year chairman of the Handelsgeographischer Verein (Association of Trade Geography), which gave rise to the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde (State Museum of Ethnology), today the Linden Museum, in Stuttgart.
Theodor Wanner is an embodiment of lasting, personal commitment to cultural dialogue.