ABN AMRO Art Award winner 2017

Today it has been announced that Saskia Noor van Imhoff (Mission, Canada, 1982) has won the seventh edition of the ABN AMRO Art Award. Later this year an exhibition of her work, which is part of the prize, will open at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Photo Janiek Dam

The jury of the ABN AMRO Art Award has selected Saskia Noor van Imhoff, an artist who explores her surroundings in an idiosyncratic manner and in doing so makes unexpected connections. The process of ordering, exhibiting and archiving art plays a key role in her spatial installations. Partly due to her strong feeling for material and composition, she manages to portray her ideas in a surprising and attractive way. "I'm the archeologist of my own work," Van Imhoff once remarked. By this she was pointing to the fact that she constantly questions her own work, the work of others and the context in which she presents this. As a result Van Imhoff's work is in an ongoing state of development.
Saskia Noor van Imhoff's quirky associations force the viewer to observe and reflect in an unorthodox manner. The jury also admires her work for its stratified, original and playful character. By reproducing and manipulating images, rearranging existing situations and through clever interventions in the architecture, she directs the viewer's gaze. Furthermore, her site-specific installations that involve air humidifiers and climate-control systems implicitly comment on man's behavior and our tendencey to classify and preserve.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff
Installation view #+21.00, De Appel, Amsterdam, 2016
c-print, nutwood frame, plexiglass, bronze, wood, marble
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

The ABN AMRO Art Award aims to be a stimulus for talent in the Netherlands. The quality and singularity of the work are primary criteria. Saskia Noor van Imhoff has been chosen as an artist who has a young but completely individual and intuitive visual language. The jury's choice of Saskia Noor van Imhoff represents that of an artist who raises issues about our culture of maintenance and preservation, and portrays such themes in a completely individual and relevant way. The artist has been convincing in major exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad, but continues to be relatively unknown to a wider Dutch audience.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff
Installation view #+23.00, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2016
c-print, wooden floor, humidifier
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

The ABN AMRO Art Award was awarded to Fahrettin Örenli in 2004, Eylem Aladogan in 2005, Ryan Gander in 2006, Melissa Gordon in 2007, Melvin Moti in 2015 and Marijn van Kreij in 2016.The ABN AMRO Art Award aims to be a stimulus for talent in the Netherlands. The quality and singularity of the work are principal criteria. The winner receives an exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam accompanied by a catalogue and a monetary award of 10,000 euros. An acquisition of the artist’s work is also made for the ABN AMRO art collection.
Jury Members for the 2017 ABN AMRO Art Award were: Lex ter Braak (director of the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht), Danila Cahen (curator of the ABN AMRO Art collection), Bart Rutten (Head of Collections, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Berend Strik (visual artist) and Silvia Zonneveld (Managing Director ABN AMRO MeesPierson/Private Wealth Management).

Saskia Noor van Imhoff

Saskia Noor van Imhoff studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2004-2008) and was a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2010-2012). Since then her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions at, among other places, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and De Appel (2016), at the Gwangju Biennial in Gwanju, South Korea (2015) and at Galerie Fons Welters (2013). Van Imhoff's work can be seen in major collections, including that of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar and the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke, Belgium.

ABN AMRO Partner of the Future

The ABN AMRO Art Award for 2017 is part of the bank's ‘Partner of the Future’ sponsorship programme, which focuses on the support and development of talent in the domains of sport, art and culture. ABN AMRO strives to help people discover their talents and achieve their ambitions, and the intention of the art award is to give talented artists a chance for further growth and a platform for reaching a broad public.

Hermitage Amsterdam

Twice a year, Hermitage Amsterdam presents an exhibition of works selected from the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, as well as other temporary exhibitions, like that of the yearly winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award. Since 2014 Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age (from the collections of the Amsterdam Museum and the Rijksmuseum) are on show and last year the Outsider Art Museum opened with a collection of Museum het Dolhuys in Haarlem. We believe that supporting the development of talent is essential. The Hermitage for Children offers special art education for the youngest generation to discover its artistic talent.

Cathelijne Broers, director of Hermitage Amsterdam: 'We are pleased to facilitate, for the third time, the exhibition of this year's winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award. The development of talent is one of our mainstays, and since 2009 we have been offering a continuous program of free art education at the Hermitage for Children. Saskia Noor van Imhoff is a young talent, but has a rich and intuitive visual language. We are looking forward to see how this new context will influence here work.'

The exhibition Reclining Nude with a Man Playing the Guitar of Marijn van Kreij, winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award 2016, is on view untill May 28 2017 at Hermitage Amsterdam. For more information: hermitage.nl.

For the complete jury report, click here.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff
#+14.08¹, 2013
A2 c-print, nutwood frame
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Fons Welters
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

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