Painting Competition "Inspired by Nature"

Exploring Nature Through a Brush

Every year, second to fourth graders from Bonn and the surrounding region as well as the northern part of Rhineland-Palatinate explore nature using a sheet of paper and a brush. The children turn in their artwork inspired by subjects that change on a yearly basis. 13 of them will receive prizes and their art will be published in our annual calendar, while the 60 best pictures will be exhibited at the Museum Koenig.

Our foundation's cooperation with Alexander-Koenig-Gesellschaft e.V. (AKG) in the painting competition marks the continuation of a long and successful collaboration under the youth program "Inspired by Nature". The exploration and preservation of nature is very important to us and to AKG. This is exactly what the children are encouraged to do in an artistic manner in this painting competition, which is organized as a joint initiative.

124 classes from 63 schools in Bonn and the surrounding region took part in this year's painting competition under the motto "Beetles, spiders, centipedes - creepy-crawlies with 6 legs and more".

Inspired by the wonderful, dazzling world of creepy-crawlies, students from second to fourth grade turned in no less than 2,259 works of art. Whether on meadows, in the forest, in the garden, in the park, in the pond, or on the balcony at home – they set out to discover a wide array of species using a variety of painting techniques and materials along with a great deal of imagination.

The award ceremony to honor the best pictures of the painting competition "Inspired by Nature" on the theme "Beetles, spiders, centipedes - creepy crawlies with 6 legs and more" will be held on June 19th, 2022. The winning paintings will also make it into the 2023 Annual Calendar.

The exhibition of all 60 pictures at the Museum Koenig is expected to begin on June 21st, 2022. Stay tuned for more information about this here!

As usual, the 2023 Annual Calendar with the 13 winning paintings will then be available again at the Museum Koenig reception desk starting this fall. 

For details on this year's painting competition (which unfortunately has already ended), please check out our competition flyer or get in touch!


Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation 
Project Manager Dr. Leonie Grafweg 
+49 (0)228-22744717


Pictures of the 2022 Painting Competition