Criteria such as an innovative attitude, the work’s intrinsic complexity and potential for further artistic development all played an important role in the selection process. From 2 December new work by these four artists will be shown at the Kunsthal Rotterdam. The winner Prix de Rome Fine Art 2017 will be chosen on the basis of the new work and will officially be announced on Friday, 15 December. The winning artist will be presented with a € 40,000 cash prize and a work period at the American Academy in Rome. A publication produced by nai010 will accompany the exhibition. The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most generous award for visual artists under the age of 40 in the Netherlands. The purpose of the award is to track down talented visual artists and promote their further development and visibility. In 2009, the Kunsthal presented a large retrospective exhibition entitled ‘200 years Prix de Rome’. Since 2012, the award is organised and funded by the Mondriaan Fund.
The Mondriaan Fund is a publicly financed fund for visual art and cultural heritage. It supports innovative projects and activities by visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage organizations, art institutions, archives, galleries and commissioning parties.