From 2014, the biennial Vincent Award for European contemporary art will be hosted by the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. The winner of the 2014 edition will be announced at the Museum on Friday 21 November 2014, and will receive a prize of 50,000 Euros.


Shortlisted artists

The shortlisted artists for 2014, selected by a Jury chaired by the Gemeentemuseum Director, Benno Tempel, are: Pierre Huyghe (France), Manfred Pernice (Germany), Willem de Rooij (Netherlands), Anri Sala (Albania/France), Gillian Wearing (UK).


The Vincent Award

An exhibition of the work of the shortlisted artists will go on show at the Gemeentemuseum/GEM from 6 September 2014, acting as an international focus for debate and discussion about contemporary art in a European context.


Members of the Jury

The Vincent Van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe, known popularly as The Vincent Award, was founded in 2000 by the Broere Charitable Foundation. It was first held at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht and then at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. The new partnership with the Gemeentemuseum will run from 2014-2020. The Jury for the 2014 edition is: Benno Tempel, Director of the Gemeentemuseum (Chair); Stephan Berg, Director Kunstmuseum Bonn; Anda Rottenberg, independent art critic and curator; Anita Zabludowicz, Director, Zabludowicz Collection, London, New York, Sarvisalo; Isabel Carlos, Director, Centro del Art Moderna, Gulbekian Foundation, Lisbon.



The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, built in the 1930s, is renowned as an Art Deco masterpiece of the celebrated Dutch architect H P Berlage. Its vast collections include the largest collection of works by Piet Mondrian in the world, a rich collection of 20th century art, with masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois and Sol LeWitt, amongst others; works from De Stijl movement and minimalist art, and noted collections of 20th century fashion and design, including art nouveau and art deco.


Monique Zajfen Collection

As part of the new Vincent Award partnership, the Museum has also received a long-term loan of the Monique Zajfen Collection, one of the most important private collections of contemporary art in the Netherlands, which includes work by three earlier recipients of the Vincent Award, Pawel Althamer, Neo Rauch and Wilhelm Sasnal. The collection also includes works by amongst others, Marlene Dumas, Luc Tuymans, Thomas Schütte and Stephan Balkenhol.


Significance of European artists

Benno Tempel, Director of the Gemeentemuseum, said: “We are delighted to have forged this new partnership to hold the Vincent Award in The Hague from 2014 onwards. In an increasingly globalised world, I believe the selection of artists for 2014 amply demonstrates the continuing power and significance of artists working in Europe today. We hope that The Hague’s natural role as a centre of debate in a democratic Europe, will contribute a new energy to the debate around European contemporary art.”

Media enquiries:

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Notes to Editors:


Vincent Award selection conditions:

The Vincent Award is for an artist born in or before 1980, working in any medium, and either born or living in Europe for at least five years, whose work has had or is expected to have a significant influence on contemporary art.


About the artists:

Pierre Huyghe (born 1962, Paris) lives and works in Paris and New York. He studied at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. He has received a number of awards, including a DAAD in Berlin (1999-2000), the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum (2002), the Smithsonian Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010) and the Roswitha Haftmann Award (2013). Among his major solo shows are: , Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001), Guggenheim Museum and DIA Center for the Arts, New York (2003), Castello di Rivoli Museum d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2004), Tate Modern, London (2006), Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013-2014) and Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2014).

Manfred Pernice (Born 1963, Hildesheim, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. He studied Graphics and Sculpture in Braunschweig and at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. Major solo exhibitions include Portikus Frankfurt am Main (2000), Kunsthalle Zürich (2000), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2000), Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2007), Modern Art, Oxford (2010), Secession, Vienna (2010), S.M.A.K. – Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2011), Institut d’Art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2013) and Haus der Kunst, Munich (2013).

Willem de Rooij (Born 1969, Beverwijk, Netherlands) lives and works in Berlin. He studied art history at the University of Amsterdam and art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His recent solo shows include Bergen Kunsthall (2013), Kunstverein, Munich (2012), Kunstwegen Open Museum, Burg Bentheim (2012) and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2010). He is Professor of Fine Art at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, appointed in 2006. His works are in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, MUMOK in Vienna, Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Centre Pompidou in Paris, MOCA in Los Angeles and MOMA in New York.

Anri Sala (Born 1974, Tirana, Albania) lives and works in Berlin. He studied painting at the National Academy of Arts in Tirana and film at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Tourcoing. He won the Young Artist Prize at La Biennale di Venezia (2001) and the Absolut Art Award (2011). His recent solo shows include Serpentine Gallery London (2011), Japan National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2012), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2012), Palazzo Grassi Teatrino, La Biennale di Venezia (2013).

Gillian Wearing (Born 1963, Birmingham, UK) lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and at Goldsmith’s College in London. Gillian Wearing won the Turner Prize in 1997. She was appointed a Royal Academician in 2007. Among her major solo shows are Serpentine Gallery, London (2000), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2002), ICA, Philadelphia (2003), Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2004), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf (2012), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012), Museum Brandhorst, Munich (2013).


On request there are profiles available of The Vincent Award, the Broere Foundation and the Monique Zajfen Collection.


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    Willem de Rooij Photo: Jonas Leihener Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
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    Willem de Rooij, `Blue to Black`, 2012, Installation view, `Hollandaise`, Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam 2012 Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne
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    Willem de Rooij, `Intolerance`, 2010, Symbol of the War God Kukailimoku, Hawaii 18th century, Feder, Perlmutt, Menschenhaar, Hundezähne, H: 60 cm; aus der Sammlung James Cook, Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Courtesy Galerie Buchholz, Köln/Berlin, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles.
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    Pierre Huyghe
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    Pierre Huyghe Zoodram 5, 2011 Live Marine Ecosystem, ceramic mask after Constantin Brancusi’s La Muse Endormie (1910) Photo by Pierre Huyghe
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    Pierre Huyghe Untilled, 2011-2012 (detail) Courtesy the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris; Esther Schipper, Berlin Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of Colección CIAC AC, Mexico; Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la creation, Paris; Ishikawa Collection, Okayama, Japan. Photo by Pierre Huyghe
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    Manfred Pernice Photo: Sibilla Calzolari
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    Manfred Pernice Peilanlage Forelle, Den Helder 2003 Photo: Helmut Menzel
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    Manfred Pernice Tutti IV Installation view, Haus der Kunst, München 2013 Courtesy the artist and Haus der Kunst, München Photo: Jörg Koopmann
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    © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
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    Gillian Wearing Sixty Minute Silence colour video for projection with sound 60 minutes 1996 © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
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    Gillian Wearing Signs that say what you want them to say and not Signs that say what someone else wants you to say I'M DESPERATE c-type print mounted on aluminium 1992–1993 © Gillian Wearing, courtesy Maureen Paley, London
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    Anri Sala Foto: Nat Gorry
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    Anri Sala Title Suspended 2008 Resin, nitrile rubber, electric motor (110-220V, 50/60Hz) 20 x 80 x 20 cm / 7 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 7 7/8 in Installation dimensions: 67 x 110.5 x 24.5 cm/ 26 3/8 x 43 1/2 x 9 5/8 in Courtesy the artist, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Sylvain Deleu
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    Anri Sala RAVEL RAVEL (Still) 2013 HD video projection on 2 screens, colour, sound: multichannel Duration: 20 min 45 sec. each Installation view, ‘Ravel Ravel Unravel’, French Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2013 © Anri Sala Courtesy Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser & Wirth, Zurich / London Photo: Marc Domage