Prizes and awards

Prix de Rome

The Mondriaan Fund organises and finances the Prix de Rome, the oldest award for visual artists under the age of 40 and architects under the age of 35 in the Netherlands.

Prix de Rome Architecture

For the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 the Mondriaan Fund collaborated with the Creative Industries Fund NL and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The central theme this year was Healing Sites; diverse locations dealing with social trauma. An international jury selected 4 shorlist nominees: Arna Mačkić, Dividual (Andrea Bit and Maciej Wieczorkowski), Lesia Topolnyk, and Studio KIWI (Kim Kool and Willemijn van Manen).

They have spent 4 months researching the fraught history of these places, the healing potential of spatial design, and the role they themselves play in society as architects, landscape architects and urban planners. Each tries to work in a way that restores their chosen building site, despite – or perhaps because of – its oppressive legacy. The 4 interpretations of Healing Sites are exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut until 9 April 2023.

On 1 December 2022 we announced the winner of the prize: Lesia Topolnyk!

Exhibition teaser Prix de Rome Architecture 2022

Winner Prix de Rome Architecture 2022: Lesia Topolnyk

On 1 December 2022 Lesia Topolnyk received the prize  from State Secretary Gunay Uslu (Culture and Media). Lesia received the disctinction for her proposal ‘No Innocent Landscape’ on the crashsite of MH17. The prize consists of €40,000 and a choice of residency.

With her design No Innocent Landscape, Topolnyk shows how the landscape that forms the backdrop to such an event is not innocent in itself, but represents a complicated interplay of global and local histories. In this case, Hrabove is not only the site of the attack on MH17, but also of illegal mining activities which negatively impact the region’s nature and environment. Topolnyk uses narrative and construction techniques to deconstruct this relationship in her dark, oppressive design. She argues that trauma processing and reconstruction in such a place can take place only after such a deconstruction, and that architecture can mediate in this.


Until 9 April 2023
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25 Rotterdam

The 2022 Prix de Rome is accompanied by a publication by Jap Sam Books.

The jury

An international jury selected a shortlist of 4 nominees from a list of 53 architects who have applied for the prize. The jury of the Prix de Rome Architecture 2022 consists of: Afaina de Jong (founder and director AFARAI); Alessandra Covini (co-founder and co-director of Studio Ossidiana, Prix de Rome 2018 winner); Carson Chan (Emilio Ambasz Institute Director at MoMA); Dirk Sijmons (founder of H+N+S Landschapsarchitecten); Jan Jongert (founding partner Superuse Studios); Syb Groeneveld (CEO Creative Industries Fund NL, technical chair).

Prix de Rome Visual Arts

For Prix de Rome 2021 the Mondriaan Fund collaborated with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. An international jury has selected 4 artists for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2021. The nominees are: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes and Coralie Vogelaar. The winner of the prize was announced on 30 November: Alexis Blake!

Winner Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2021: Alexis Blake!

Artist Alexis Blake received the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2021 from the Dutch outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven. Blake received this award for her new performance Rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash. The award comes with a 40,000 Euros cash prize and the possibility to participate in a residency programme.

Alexis Blake emphasizes the emancipatory power of voicing deep emotions in an uncensored and uncontrolled way. She explores the outlawing by the ancient Greeks on woman’s lamentation: cathartic wailing and high-pitched exclamations to mourn and process emotional events. Historically, sounds in the higher voice register are often negated by Western patriarchal systems: they are said to bring confusion or sow terror, such as the shriek of the fury or song of the siren. Blake implements the structures of lamenting to rock and jolt the historical museum building to its core and confronts the systems that restrain voices in order to silence them. Ultimately, she offers space for a contemporary lament in which the body can express itself freely and be heard.


The nominated artists Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes and Coralie Vogelaar have developed new work especially for the Prix de Rome. The work was exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam untill 24 April 2022. At the Stedelijk Museum, Britte Sloothaak was responsible for the set-up of the exhibition.

The jury

The jury made its selection from a list of 217 artists who applied for the award. The four selected artists have a strong practice and are working towards an established oeuvre, reinforcing their own signature style and idiosyncratic approach. At the same time, they allow new developments and intuitive processes in their work. The Prix de Rome 2021 jury consists of: Ann Demeester (Director, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, extraordinary Professor Art and Culture at Radboud University, Nijmegen), Amira Gad (Head of Programs, LAS Light Art Space, Berlin), Antonio Jose Guzman (visual artist, researcher, lecturer), Samuel Leuenberger (Director, SALTS, Basel) and Viviane Sassen (photographer, winner of the 2007 Prix de Rome in Visual Arts). Chair is Eelco van der Lingen (Director Mondriaan Fund). Based on the new work presented, the jury has announced the final winner.


The 2021 Prix de Rome is accompanied by a publication, published by Jap Sam Books, in cooperation with Mondriaan Fund. The artists are introduced by the authors Dagmar Dirkx and Esmee Postma. An introductory essay is written by Rein Wolfs (director Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) (NL/EN, ISBN 978-94-92852-45-8, 144 pages, €15,00).

About Prix de Rome

The Prix de Rome is the oldest award in the Netherlands for artists under the age of 40 and architects under the age of 35. The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award adopted various guises over the years, the aim has always been to trace talented artists and promote their further development and visibility. Since January 2012, the organisation and funding of the award is handled by the Mondriaan Fund. The Fund does so with due respect for the Prix de Rome’s long history and with the express wish to guarantee its status as an independent award.

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