For the fourth year in a row, the NN Art Award will be presented on Wednesday 5 February during the opening night of Art Rotterdam. With this prize, which has proven to be an important indicator of talent in recent years, NN Group puts the spotlight on the exceptional quality of Dutch art academies. Previous winners were the Quistrebert brothers (2017), Pauline Curnier Jardin (2018) and Katja Mater (2019).
The four nominees for the coming edition are:
Ana Navas, tegenboschvanvreden (Amsterdam)
Noor Nuyten, Upstream Gallery (Amsterdam)
Koen Taselaar, Cokkie Snoei (Rotterdam)
NN Art Award
The NN Art Award is an incentive prize for talented artists who have completed their education in the Netherlands and demonstrate authentic and innovative craftsmanship. Participating galleries at the fair nominate one of their artists. The jury then determines the 4 nominees. In the run-up to the Award Ceremony, they will explain their work via the Instagram videos (see above) and the weekly GalleryViewer podcast. Finally, the winner will receive the incentive prize of €10,000. NN Group will also purchase a work from one of the nominees for the NN corporate collection.
Jury NN Art Award 2020
The jury this year consists of Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy (director Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam), Sietske van Zanten (director LAM Museum), Katja Mater (visual artist), Jan Pieter Ekker (art director Het Parool) and Els Drummen (curator NN Group Art Collection).
Links: Noor Nuyten, Measured Through a Screen the Sea is 4 Cm, 2019, Photoprint on acrylglass and aludibond, handmade ceramics, courtesy of Upstream Gallery Amsterdam.
Rechts: Ana Navas, Muy Agradecida, 2018, fabric, a.o. fabric used for seats in busses, 272 x 295 cm, courtesy tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam.
NN Art Award 2019
Last year, the winner of the NN Art Award was Katja Mater (Galerie Martin van Zomeren). With the incentive prize she was able to realize the Dare not|Read On film installation. According to Mater, the importance of the prize cannot be underestimated: "Winning the NN Art Award partly generated a very busy year with great projects. For my exhibition at P/////AKT, I made the film Dear Sides, a follow-up to Dare not|Read On. This solo exhibition feels like an important step within my work and has been very well received."
About NN Group
NN Group is an international financial services company operating in 18 countries, serving more than 17 million customers. In terms of NN has had a broad art and culture profile for years, based on social involvement, with the aim of making art and culture more accessible to a wide audience. For example, NN Group invests in cultural collaboration projects with Dutch museums and artists, which is expressed through the support of museum exhibitions and the purchase of works of art for the company's own collection.