Art Rotterdam 2023 announces NN Art Award, Sculpture Park and outdoor artworks

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Art Rotterdam 2023 announces NN Art Award, Sculpture Park and outdoor artworks
Esther kokmeijer, Sedimentary Rock, 2021. Photo: Courtesy Gallery Vriend van Bavink.

ROTTERDAM.- The 24th edition of Art Rotterdam, to be held from 9 February to 12 February, is starting to take shape more and more. As in previous years, the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam will be accommodating over one hundred leading national and international galleries and their exhibitions of works by both up-and-coming and established artists. A partner of Art Rotterdam for seven years, the NN Group (which includes Nationale Nederlanden) has announced the nominees for the NN Art Award. The selection process for the outdoor artworks on the grounds of the Van Nelle Fabriek and Sculpture Park in the Tabakshal also recently came to an end.

NN Art Award 2023

Every year, the NN Group presents the NN Art Award to an exceptionally talented artist who graduated from a Dutch art academy. This year marks the first time that artists from the Prospects exhibition could also submit their work for consideration. This year's jury for the NN Art Award consisted of Marina de Vries, editor-in-chief of Museumtijdschrift; Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, curator of the Van Abbemuseum; Inez de Brauw, artist and winner of the 2022 NN Art Award Public Award; Ali Keles, collector and Founding Managing of Partner Lakeside Capital Partners and Elisah van den Bergh, curator the NN Art Collection. All of the jury members were impressed by the excellent quality of the works presented and ultimately nominated the following artists for the NN Art Award out of the 34 entries submitted:

• Kévin Bray - Upstream Gallery
• Monali Meher - Lumen Travo
• Laura Jatkowski - Prospects
• Salim Bayri  - Prospects 

The work by the four nominated artists will be displayed at the NN Art Award stand at Art Rotterdam 2023. The winner, who will receive a cash prize of €10,000, will be announced during the Press Preview of Art Rotterdam on Wednesday 8 February. The NN Group will also be buying one work of art from each of the four nominees for the NN Group company collection and an online article on each of the nominees will be published on

Sculpture Park

Sculpture Park, supported by Stichting Droom en Daad, is a presentation of primarily large-scale works of art related to nature or the urban environment and exhibited in the historic Tabakshal. The architectural details have been developed by spatial design studio Tom Postma Design (known for their work Art Basel, Frieze Masters and TEFAF). Part of the exhibition space is dedicated to artists who live in Rotterdam or are graduates of a Rotterdam art academy, since after all, Sculpture Park revolves around the connection with the city of Rotterdam. The selection committee consists of: Ove Lucas (director CBK Rotterdam and director Sculpture International Rotterdam), Saskia van Kampen (curator Boijmans Van Beuningen) and Tom Postma (creative director Tom Postma Design). Selected artists include: Atelier van Lieshout (Ron Mandos), Caroline Coolen (NL=US), Delphine Courtillot (Dudokdegroot) Niels van Bunningen (Singular-Art), Leendert van Accoleyen (Pizza Gallery), Esther Kokmeijer (Gallery Vriend van Bavink), Norman Dilworth (Bacqueville), Krijn de Koning (Slewe), Hadrien Gerenton (m.simons), Indrikis Gelzis (Tatjana Pieters), Lara Almarcegui (Ellen de Bruijne) and Jan Eric Visser (Bradwolff&Partners).

Outdoor artworks

The outdoor grounds of the Van Nelle Fabriek will be offering a platform for a series of fascinated outdoor works of art. The selected artists are: Laura Malpique (Prospects), Lisa Tiemann (Schwartz Contemporary), Unflatables (MPV Gallery), Pim Palsgraaf (NL=US Gallery), Tom Putman (Heesjteck#), Ruud Kuijer (Slewe Gallery), Eelke van Willigen (Galerie Franzis Engels), Marinke van Zandwijk (Galerie Franzis Engels), Sarah Maple (Koch x Bos), Chantal van Lieshout (Prospects), De Aanschouw, Dré Wapenaar (NL=US Gallery), Regula Maria Müller (Phoebus), Luuk Smits (Trendbeheer), Miyuki Inoue (Prospects) and Jan Smejkal (Phoebus).

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