Winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award 2016: Marijn van Kreij

On 25 January 2016 Marijn van Kreij (Middelrode, 1978) was announced as the winner of the sixth ABN AMRO Art Award. The prize includes an exhibition of his work at the Hermitage in Amsterdam, scheduled to open on 27 November 2016.

The panel judging the ABN AMRO Art Award 2016 chose Marijn van Kreij as a researching artist who investigates and queries themes such as authenticity, originality and artistic appropriation. The replication process features prominently in Van Kreij’s work, through a variety of reproduction methods and means. Playful references to popular visual and pop culture also feature strongly in Van Kreij’s oeuvre, which includes drawings, paintings, video, objects and installations.

The judges looked for an outspoken and talented artist in the Netherlands who is developing in an interesting direction and to whom the award offers a significant career boost. By awarding the prize to Marijn van Kreij, the judges have chosen an artist with a strong and unconventional oeuvre that is continually evolving. Although the artist has exhibited his work in various galleries in the Netherlands, at present his work is relatively unknown to the general Dutch public.

The judges view Van Kreij as an important representative of his generation. They praise the artist’s contemporary outlook, Van Kreij’s way of elevating ‘non-subjects’ and everyday details to art and his process of manually appropriating images in this present age of digital (and online) visual culture. In the judges’ words, this makes Van Kreij one of the most interesting and promising artists of his generation.

The panel of judges for the ABN AMRO Art Award is made up of Lex ter Braak (director of the Jan van Eyck Academy Maastricht), Danila Cahen (curator of ABN AMRO’s 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).

Marijn van Kreij

Marijn van Kreij attended the School of Fine Art and Design St. Joost in Breda (1999-2003), and continued his studies at Amsterdams’ Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (2005-2006). His work has featured in a number of solo exhibitions, including at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2008), at De Hallen Haarlem (2011) and at AND/OR in London (2013). Various prominent collections, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht, contain work by Van Kreij.