In 2017, NN Group launched its partnership with Art Rotterdam. The fair has an international focus and highlights the latest developments within contemporary visual arts. The 21st edition of Art Rotterdam was held in the Van Nelle fabriek in Rotterdam from 6 to 9 February 2020.
NN Art Award
The NN Art Award is presented during Art Rotterdam 2020 for the fourth time. Each year, a jury grants the award to an exceptional talent who received his or her education in the Netherlands and whose work can be seen at the fair. The prize is not only aimed at young talent: artists who are already further along in their career and who completed their education at an art school or postgraduate art school in the Netherlands are also eligible for the prize.
This award is an initiative that shines a spotlight on the exceptional quality of art schools in the Netherlands. From all over the world, young artists flock to Dutch academies to tap into their full potential and become acquainted with other artists and cultures. The Rijksakademie and De Ateliers in Amsterdam, De Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam are some of the best academies in the world and have had a lasting influence on the international development of the visual arts. Many artists at Art Rotterdam received their education at an art school or postgraduate art school in the Netherlands.
The nominees for the NN Art Award 2020 were:
- Natalia Jordanova, Structura Gallery
- Ana Navas, Tegenboschvanvreden
- Noor Nuyten, Upstream Gallery
- Koen Taselaar, Cokkie Snoei
Click on the names to meet our nominees of the NN Art Award.
The jury in 2020 was comprised of Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy (director Witte de With), Sietske van Zanten (directeur LAM museum), Katja Mater (visual artist), Jan Pieter Ekker (chief art Het Parool) en Els Drummen (curator NN Group Art Collection).
The award consists of a cash prize (EUR 10,000). Artworks from nominees are also purchased for NN Group’s corporate art collection. The winner was announced on 5 February 2020 at the festive opening night of the fair.
Ana Navas wins the NN Art Award 2020
On 5 February 2020, at the festive opening night of Art Rotterdam, the fourth winner of the Award was announced: Ana Navas.
Ana Navas (1984, Ecuador) is a multi-talent. The jury believes she can handle anything. Navas uses various media, such as video, performance, photography, sculpture and installations. Her works make associations between art, fashion, politics and power, and are often about female empowerment.
Her work contains numerous dualities, such as high and low art, design and decoration, and tradition and innovation. It makes the viewer want – and feel compelled – to look twice. Navas’ work speaks for itself through its strong, original expression. Her textile works and sculptures show great vitality and are convincing.
NN Art Award 2019
Katja Mater wins NN Group Art Award 2019
The winner of the NN Group Art Award 2019 was announced by Lard Friese at the official opening of Art Rotterdam, where work of all nominees is displayed. The jury praised the recent steps in Katja Mater’s work. Mater (Hoorn, 1981) 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. The jury expressed admiration for how Mater has successfully added a new chapter to an oeuvre that increasingly shows a strong independent identity in the Dutch art landscape.