Winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award 2015: Melvin Moti

The exhibition Spectral Spectrum by the artist Melvin Moti will be on display from 26 November 2015 to 6 March 2016 in the Hermitage Amsterdam. Moti (b. 1977, Rotterdam) won the fifth edition of the ABN AMRO Art Award for talented artists in the Netherlands, and was given a year to develop the exhibition.

In the exhibition Spectral Spectrum, Moti explores ideas about perception, time, space and consciousness. The artist draws unconventional connections between work by Jan Schoonhoven, Steven Aalders, Lidwien van de Ven, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Julius Henricus Quinkhardt, Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold and Moti’s own works: Miamalism (2008), A Century of Light (2010) and his new series Secret Seals (2015). The starting point for the exhibition was Moti’s fascination with the artist JCJ Vanderheyden, who died in 2012. Moti has combined the ideas of JCJ Vanderheyden with both his own work and work from the ABN AMRO collection in a unique way.

Members of the jury for the 2015 ABN AMRO Art Award: Maria Barnas (writer, poet and artist), Lorenzo Benedetti (curator and director of De Appel arts centre Amsterdam), Lex ter Braak (director of the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht), Danila Cahen (curator of the ABN AMRO Art collection), and Bart Rutten (head of collections, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).

Art Award Presentation at the ABN AMRO Head Office

At the same time as the exhibition in the Hermitage Amsterdam, Moti will present a second exhibition in the main hall of the ABN AMRO head office. There he will exhibit work never shown to the public before in the Netherlands, from his series Cluster Illusion (2014). The bank has purchased one of the works from this series as part of the ABN AMRO Art Award.

Melvin Moti

Melvin Moti (b. 1977, Rotterdam) studied visual art at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Tilburg and continued his education at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (1999-2001). Major themes in his work include history, memory, mental experiments and phenomena that fall outside the framework of human perception. Through film, drawings and objects, the artist examines scientific, neurological and historical processes.


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