6 Feb 2019 - 19:19 CET

NN Group Art Award 2019 for Katja Mater

Today, the NN Group Art Award was presented for the third time during the Art Rotterdam art fair. This prize for exceptional talent was awarded to Katja Mater. Lard Friese, CEO of NN Group, announced the winner during the opening of Art Rotterdam.

NN Group Art Award

NN Group Art Award is the art prize for exceptional talent that was launched in 2017. The winner receives a prize of EUR 10,000 to be spent on further professional development. Both young talent and artists who are further along in their careers are eligible for the prize. The prize shines a spotlight on the exceptional quality of art education in the Netherlands. Young artists from all over the world attend Dutch academies and post-doctoral courses, where they have the opportunity to explore their full potential and to meet other artists and embrace other cultures. NN Group also buys work from the oeuvre of one of nominated artists for its own corporate collection.

The jury on Katja Mater

Once again, a jury made up of a wide range of professionals from the art world reviewed the submissions. This year, the jury members were Eelco van der Lingen (curator of the Fries Museum and  upcoming director of the Mondriaan Fonds), Liesbeth Willems (curator of the KRC art collection), Lieneke Hulshof (Editor-in-chief of Mister Motley magazine), Marcel van Eeden (visual artist) and Els Drummen (curator of NN Group art collection).

The jury praised the recent steps in Katja Mater’s work. Mater (Hoorn, 1979) graduated in 2002 from De Ateliers in Amsterdam. She investigates the parameters of photography and film in which time, space and perception play a central role. The jury found her work to be intelligent and full of unpredictable results. What viewers see is not the same as what is happening in front of their eyes. Mater creates a different dimension, depicting depth and movement in a surprising way. Her work is also full of dualities: light-hearted and serious, improvised and deliberate at the same time. The work shows an adult artist who has not forgotten how to play. The jury expressed admiration for how Mater has successfully added a new chapter to an oeuvre that increasingly shows a strong own identity in the Dutch art landscape.

NN Group Art Award 2019 - Jury report

Submissions and criteria

Gallery holders who are represented at the art fair, submitted work from a total of 32 different artists. The jury selected the following four nominees from the submissions:

  • Matea Bakula - Lumen Travo Gallery
  • Harm van den Dorpel – Upstream Gallery
  • Katja Mater – Galerie Martin van Zomeren
  • Femmy Otten – Galerie Fons Welters

The most important criteria that the jury took into account were the completion of an art programme at a Dutch academy, high-quality work, and an authentic and innovative visual language with new perspectives.

Art Rotterdam art fair

Art Rotterdam is being held this year from 7 until 10 February in Rotterdam. Art Rotterdam is the linchpin of the Art Rotterdam Week, and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. For four days, the Van Nellefabriek forms the backdrop to the latest developments in the visual art world. NN Group has been a partner of the art fair since 2017.

Sponsoring culture

NN Group wants to make a positive contribution to society by helping people to secure their financial future and by being socially engaged. We have a long history of sponsoring culture, with the aim of making art and culture accessible to a wider audience. NN Group invests in cultural collaborative projects with Dutch museums and artists. This is expressed in the support it offers to a varying number of exhibitions and by purchasing pieces of art for its own corporate collection. NN Group is a corporate partner of the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam and of the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

  • About NN Group

    NN Group is an international financial services company, active in 18 countries, with a strong presence in a number of European countries and Japan. With all its employees, the Group provides retirement services, pensions, insurance, investments and banking to approximately 17 million customers. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, NN, Delta Lloyd, NN Investment Partners, ABN AMRO Insurance, Movir, AZL, BeFrank and OHRA. NN Group is listed on Euronext Amsterdam (NN).

  • About Art Rotterdam

    Art Rotterdam is a prestigious and surprisingly varied art fair, which this year is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The location is once again the Van Nellefabriek. In this historic context, Art Rotterdam 2019 will be displaying the latest developments in the visual art world from Thursday, 7 to Sunday, 10 February. The focus on young art, the variety of the different sections, the connection with the city of Rotterdam and the fascinating location ensure that Art Rotterdam has a unique atmosphere. For more and more art lovers, Art Rotterdam is an attractive alternative in the international field of art fairs. Every year, it attracts more visitors from home and abroad.
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