Exhibition ABN AMRO Art Award winner Saskia Noor van Imhoff

Winner ABN AMRO Art Award 2017: Saskia Noor van Imhoff Watch video* (Dutch only)

Saskia Noor van Imhoff, installation #+32.001 Hot-bain marie drop-in., Hermitage Amsterdam, 2018,

The exhibition #+32.001 Hot-bain marie drop-in. by the artist Saskia Noor van Imhoff (Canada, 1982) will be on display from March 17 to July 17 2018 in the Hermitage Amsterdam. Van Imhoff won the seventh edition of the ABN AMRO Art Award for talented artists in the Netherlands, and was given a year to develop the exhibition.

The jury of the ABN AMRO Art Award 2017 has selected "an artist who explores her surroundings in an idiosyncratic manner, making unexpected connections while doing so. Van Imhoff shuffles everything together: painting, sculpture, design, poetry and architecture. In that sense, Saskia Noor van Imhoff is a representative of the times, in which, partly due to the influence of the Internet, everything interrelates and can coexist. Her meticulous investigations result in poetic, visually seductive installations, inviting the viewer's attempt to unravel its logic, while at the same time remaining largely impenetrable. It is precisely on that level of logic and enigma where the tension rises."

In #+32.001 Hot-bain marie drop-in., the installation Van Imhoff created at the Hermitage for the ABN AMRO Art Award, she makes associative links among unexpected elements that include architecture, interior space, culture and nature. By doing so she gives rise to questions about matters such as growth, transitoriness and the value of art.

Salt and stones make up a significant part of #+32.001 Hot-bain marie drop-in. Salt, which today can serve as sustainable insulation material, has traditionally been a preservative and flavour enhancer and was once, in Roman times, a form of currency. But salt also causes erosion, and thus, apparently immutable rocks are made to change form. Here, matter shifts, as it were, illustrating the cycling of nature, which at any given moment is being experienced differently. Van Imhoff compares such natural processes with the development and dynamics of a collection that, due to the acquisition and de-accessioning of works, changes over the course of time.

In sculptures reminiscent of refrigerated display cases, Van Imhoff incorporates references to artworks she purchased at auction that had previously been held as part of the ABN AMRO Art Collection. As such, the sculptures become like time capsules, frozen moments in which present and past have come to a halt. 

Art Price exhibition in Circl.ART

In conjunction with this installation, Van Imhoff has compiled the exhibition #+34.00 at Circle.ART, the ABN AMRO art space located in the bank's circular pavilion on the Zuidas. The two presentations complement each other, but can also be seen independently, as successive chapters in a book. #+34.00 can be viewed untill May 17th 2018. For more information, see Circle.ART

Link to jury report​ (PDF 33 KB).
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 Private Wealth Management & Special Segments).

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.


> Press release​ (PDF 240 KB) (Hermitage)
> News article (ABN AMRO) 
> Read more about Saskia Noor van Imhoff

*In the installations of Saskia Noor van Imhoff, on view in the film above, works by other artists are presented amongst which Johannes Schwartz, Lidwien van de Ven, Manon van Kouswijk, Jenny Holzer, Hans van den Ban, Christo, Jus Juchtmans and Jan Schoonhoven in Circl, and Bob Bonies and Hans van Landsaat in De Hermitage.