Announcement 2012


[Award Winners 2012]

[Report (in German)]


Art Award "Der freche Mario" 2012



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 has been postponed to September 29th,  2012

The extension of the deadline has two reasons: firstly,  the previous deadline has fallen this year into account the holiday periods of universities,  academies and galleries. Secondly, shortly before the end of the original deadline, the Bamberg bishop Schick publicly called for a tightening of §166StGB.

Submissions to:


or by mail:

Kulturbühne Hinterhalt
Leitenstr. 40
82538 Geretsried

Award ceremony:

The award ceremony will be organized by the Giordano Bruno Foundation in the Foundation's office "Weitblick" in Oberwesel, Germany, February 23rd, 2013.



The organizers this year are:




The members of the jury 2012 are:



This year the physicist and cabarett artist Gunkl and the cabaret artist and publicist  Niko Alm will be 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 € € is deposited. Unlike in previous years, the prize is not donated by a private person, but 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 2012“ . 


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).