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Prizes and awards

Prix de Rome

The Mondriaan Fund organises and finances the Prix de Rome, the oldest award for visual artists and architects in the Netherlands. For Prix de Rome 2021 the Mondriaan Fund will collaborate 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!

Entrance hall Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Photo: Bas Czerwinski.

Winner Prix de Rome 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.

Winner Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2021: Alexis Blake. Photo: Bas Czerwinski

Dutch outgoing Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven and Alexis Blake, winner of the Prix de Rome 2021. Photo: Bas Czerwinski.

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.

Exhibition

The nominated artists Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes and Coralie Vogelaar have developed new work especially for the Prix de Rome. The work will be exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam untill 20 March 2022. At the Stedelijk Museum, Britte Sloothaak is responsible for the set-up of the exhibition.

Prix de Rome 2021 exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL. 13 November 2021 - 20 March 2022. Work from: Mercedes Azpilicueta. Shortlist artists: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes, Coralie Vogelaar.

Prix de Rome 2021 exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL. 13 November 2021 - 20 March 2022. Work from: Alexis Blake. Shortlist artists: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes, Coralie Vogelaar.

Prix de Rome 2021 exhibition at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL. 13 November 2021 - 20 March 2022. Work from: Coralie Vogelaar. Shortlist artists: Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes, Coralie Vogelaar.

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.

Publication

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. 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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