Prix de Rome Visual Arts

In 2023, artists Ghita Skali, Jonas Staal, Josefin Arnell and Michael Tedja were selected for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome. They created new work especially for the prize, which was on display at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Jonas Staal won the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023 for his video study Empire's Island.

Winner Jonas Staal

Jonas Staal received the Prix de Rome 2023 for the video study Empire’s Island. The installation tells the story of Ascension Island and explores the consequences of the capitalist sovereign power described as ‘Empire’. The award ceremony took place on 31 October 2023 in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima. State Secretary Uslu (Culture and Media) presented the prize to the winner on behalf of the jury. Staal was rewarded with a € 40,000 contribution and the opportunity to participate in a residency of his choice.


The new work by Ghita Skali, Jonas Staal, Josefin Arnell and Michael Tedja could be seen in the Prix de Rome exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The shortlist

Read more about the nominees and the work they made for the Prix de Rome below.


In collaboration with Jap Sam Books, the Mondriaan Fund published the publication Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023. In addition to an introduction by curator Amanda Pinatih, the book also contains an essay by Dominique van Varsseveld and interviews with the nominees by Annie Goodner, Hasna El Maroudi, Filipa Ramos and Gean Moreno.


The jury selected Skali, Staal, Arnell and Tedja from 321 artists who applied for the award through an open call. In a change to previous editions, no age limit was in place for applicants. The members of the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023 jury were: Ann Demeester (Director of Kunsthaus Zürich), Ahmet Polat (photographer and filmmaker; founder and Director of Studio Polat), Robbert Roos (Director of Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort), Femke Herregraven (visual artist and 2019 nominee), Christina Li (freelance curator and writer) and Eelco van der Lingen (Director of the Mondriaan Fund), who is the non-voting Chair.

About the Prix de Rome

The Prix de Rome is the pre-eminent incentive award for talented visual artists from the Netherlands and the Caribbean part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The aim of the Prix de Rome is to stimulate the development of highly talented artists and to boost their visibility, thereby ensuring that the visual art field remains topical. The Mondriaan Fund has organised and financed the award since 2012. The Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2023 is being organised in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. An accompanying publication will also be produced.

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