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We hand out the Van Lanschot Kempen Art Prize to a mid-career artist working in the Benelux. In 2019 the jury of the Van Lanschot Kempen Art Prize granted the award to Ellen Gallagher. Ellen received the prize on 30 September 2020 at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
During the selection process, the jury was most impressed with the quality, diversity and originality of her body of work. Her robust engagement with topical issues that affect society particularly appealed. “Everything Ellen creates matters,” the jury said. “We hope that, by winning this prize, Ellen Gallagher will gain greater recognition in the Benelux countries, as she deserves to.”
Art and culture are part of the DNA of Van Lanschot Kempen. The support of art, culture, artists and museums has been the way for us to contribute to the preservation and building of our cultural heritage. A cultural heritage where craftsmanship and mastery are self-evident. Therefore we hand out the Van Lanschot Kempen Art Prize to a mid-career artist working in the Benelux. Since the edition of 2018 a jury nominates candidates and selects the winner each year. The 2019 jury consisted of:
The Van Lanschot Kempen Art Prize (formerly the J.C van Lanschot prize) was first awarded in 1992. The winning artist in 2019 was rewarded with:
Collection Museum Voorlinden, courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp & Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York/Los Angeles
During a thorough selection the jury was most impressed by the quality and originality of the body of work of Mark Manders. His individual works are conceptually intriguing and aesthetically attractive, but more importantly each and every individual artwork forms part of a bigger ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, as Manders continuously works on and expands the notion of his ‘Self-Portrait as a Building’.