Prix de Rome

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most generous Dutch award for visual artists below the age of 40. The purpose of the award is to identify talented visual artists and to encourage them to develop and increase their visibility. The Mondriaan Fund has been responsible for the award from 2012 on.

April 2017 was announced that the international jury of the Prix de Rome has selected four visual artists for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome 2017. The nominees are: Melanie Bonajo, Rana Hamadeh, Saskia Noor van Imhoff and Katarina Zdjelar.

Each artist will receive a working budget and will be given the opportunity to create new work during a five-month period. The work will be exhibited at Kunsthal Rotterdam from the beginning of December. Based on the new work, the jury will announce the winner in mid-December 2017. The winning artist will receive 40,000 euros and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

The jury made its selection from a list of 111 artists, some of whom were proposed by 22 scouts engaged by the Mondriaan Fund. Other artists initiated proposals themselves or were nominated by a third party. The four shortlisted artists were nominated by both scouts and third parties.

The jury was impressed by the extent and the quality of the artists presented to them. In their selection of candidates for the shortlist, criteria like an innovative attitude, the layered structure of the work and further potential for development played a key role. Furthermore, the jury was looking for an artist who could grow at international level too and who would be a good representative of the current Dutch art world. The jury found work that reflects on the time in which we live particularly compelling. After careful consultation, the jury overwhelmingly chose four artists who possess these qualities. The jury is very much looking forward to the plans which these artists will elaborate during their work period and the subjects which they will incorporate in their new work.

The jury consists of Ferran Barenblit (director MACBA, Barcelona), Mariette Dölle (director Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen), Folkert de Jong (visual artist), Petra Noordkamp (visual artist), Francesco Stocchi (curator Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam).The chair is held by Birgit Donker (director Mondriaan Fund).

See www.prixderome.nl for further information on the Prix de Rome and the shortlisted artists.

In 2018 there will be a new round for Prix de Rome Architecture.