Exhibition ABN AMRO Art Award winner Marijn van Kreij

Winner ABN AMRO Art Award 2016: Marijn van Kreij Watch the video

The exhibition Reclining Nude with a Man Playing the Guitar by the artist Marijn van Kreij will be on display from 24 November 2016 to 28 May 2017 in the Hermitage Amsterdam. Van Kreij (b. 1978, Middelrode) won the sixth edition of the ABN AMRO Art Award for talented artists in the Netherlands, and was given a year to develop the exhibition.

In Marijn van Kreij’s multifaceted oeuvre, consisting of drawings, paintings, collages, videos and installations, the process of duplication plays a key role. In his work, Van Kreij finds a connection with historical work by artists from the past - the legacy of modernism in particular - as well as with music and visual culture in the broader sense. Reflecting on ideas around repetition and autonomy, his work often forms a response to existing works of art or involves collaborations with other artists, designers, writers or musicians.

The presentation Reclining Nude with Man Playing the Guitar, by Marijn van Kreij, has been composed around a new series of monumental paintings on paper, Picasso Grids, in which the artist carefully chooses details from late paintings of Picasso to serve as a point of departure. Van Kreij copies the fragments meticulously and arranges them into a single repetitive pattern of stacked horizontal rows. These sketchy images, not immediately recognizable, give rise to questions about the meaning of copying itself. The details remain the same and yet are different every time. This conveys a sense of repetition that falls somewhere between obsession and meditation.

With its decision to grant the ABN AMRO Art Award to Marijn van Kreij, the jury has chosen an investigative artist who has his own very distinct visual language. In Van Kreij’s oeuvre, consisting of drawings, paintings, collages, videos and installations, the process of duplication plays a key role. The jury values the artist’s contemporary stance demonstrated in the way he raises ‘non-subjects’ and ordinary details to the level of art, as well as in his manual approach to appropriating images amidst the current age of digital and online visual culture.

Complete jury's report (Dutch)​ (PDF 181 KB)

Members of the jury for the 2016 ABN AMRO Art Award: Lex ter Braak (director of the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht), Danila Cahen (curator of ABN AMRO Art Collection), Bart Rutten (Head of Collections, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Berend Strik (visual artist) and Silvia Zonneveld (Managing Director of ABN AMRO MeesPierson/Private Wealth Management

Art Award presentation at the ABN AMRO Head Office

The artwork Untitled (Gunta Stölzl, Entwurf für einen Läufer, 1923) was purchased for ABN AMRO’s art collection as part of the prize. It will be displayed in the ABN AMRO head office, located at the Amsterdam Zuidas business district, at the exhibition All Paintings Are Uneven, which is scheduled to open in January 2017. Van Kreij, the artist, created Untitled (Gunta Stölzl, Entwurf für einen Läufer, 1923) by taking a detail from the textile artwork of Bauhaus artist Gunta Stölzl as a starting point. Van Kreij enlarged, copied and tilted the detail to create a new abstract artwork.

Marijn van Kreij

Marijn van Kreij (1978, Middelrode) studied at the Akademie voor Kunst en Vormgeving St. Joost in Breda (1999-2003) and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2005-06). Since then his work has been shown in various solo exhibitions at, among others, the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2008), De Hallen Haarlem (2011) and AND/OR in London (2013). Work by Marijn van Kreij can be found in major collections, including that of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht.

Amsterdam Art Weekend

The opening of the exhibition was part of Amsterdam Art Weekend (24-27 November, 2016).


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