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Nominees are now being scouted

MK Award 2012-2013

MK Award Foundation is happy to announce that preparations for the first edition of the MK Award are now actually in progress. Fundraising activities that started in February 2012 with the MK Fundraiser Show and the MK Edition have so far resulted in sufficient funds to guarantee at least three editions of the award.
Both private collectors as well as museums and other art institutions have reacted enthusiastically to the MK Award initiative. The board of MK Award Foundation extends its warm appreciation to all of you for your support – without you, the MK Award would not have been possible!

Shortlist MK Award at Art Rotterdam 2013

At the Art Rotterdam 2013 art fair (February 7-10, 2013) a shortlist of three artists nominated for the MK Award 2013 will be presented to the public. They are to be selected from a longlist of 16 nominees by an independent jury (chairwoman: Ann Demeester), which will subsequently name the final winner.
MK Award Foundation has invited curators of eight regional museums of contemporary art in the Netherlands to each nominate two artists for the MK Award 2013, and to serve as their advocate. Thus, the foundation aims to respond to recent developments in the arts climate in the Netherlands and abroad. For future editions of the award it intends to invite other institutions and individuals from the field of the arts to serve as scouts for nominees.
As was the case in 2012, MK Award will have its own booth at Art Rotterdam 2013 that has generously offered to be our hosting partner. In that booth short video portraits will introduce the three artists of the shortlist to the public.

Award Ceremony – early summer of 2013

In the early summer of 2013 the final winner will be announced. The MK Award comprises an amount of EUR 5.000 plus an exhibition at Kunsthal Rotterdam during the 2013-2014 season. MK Award Foundation is grateful to have found yet another enthusiastic partner in Kunsthal Rotterdam.

MK Award – criteria

Over the past months, the initial criteria for the MK Award have been formulated in more detail, focussing on the entirety of artistic endeavors as a key criterion. Artists are eligible that, apart from actually creating artwork, convincingly and resourcefully prove to have an acute eye for the debate on the position of contemporary art, and are taking an outspoken stand in it.
The eight curators that serve as nominating scouts for the MK Award 2013 have been asked to propose artists that are either born in the Netherlands or living and working here, and that contribute to the Dutch art world with meritable presentations. Longlist candidates may be selected from all disciplines within the visual arts, independent of the phase of their career as an artist – both beginning artists as well as well established ones. Apart from presentations of artwork that is convincing both visually and thematically, an active commitment to the arts as an essential and imperative value in society is a decisive criterion. Thus, the MK Award aims to honour the creative legacy of Emmo Grofsmid (1951-2011) and Karmin Kartowikromo (1948-2011).

Museums participating in scouting nominees

MMKA/Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem; De Hallen, Haarlem; SCHUNCK*, Heerlen; SM’s/Stedelijk Museum, ’s-Hertogenbosch; Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam; Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo. Without exception, all museums have enthusiastically and wholeheartedly agreed to collaborate, thus contributing to the success of MK Award 2013. We warmly thank them for their support.