Johannes Vermeer Award 2021 goes to Natasja Kensmil

The Johannes Vermeer Award 2021 has been awarded to visual artist Natasja Kensmil. The Dutch state prize for the arts will be presented on 1 November by Ingrid van Engelshoven, Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The jury, chaired by Andrée van Es, unanimously nominated her for the award. In her work, Natasja Kensmil makes the connection between heritage and current events in her own special way, resulting in a captivating visualisation of this connection on both canvas and paper.

The Johannes Vermeer Award is the Dutch state prize for the arts. It consists of the sum of 100,000 euros, which the winner may use to fund a special project in his or her specific field. The Dutch government established the award in 2009, its aim being to honour and encourage exceptional artistic talent. The award is intended for artists working in the Netherlands and across all disciplines. Previous laureates are opera director Pierre Audi, filmmaker and writer Alex van Warmerdam, photographer Erwin Olaf, visual artist Marlene Dumas, architect Rem Koolhaas, graphic designer Irma Boom, composer and director Michel van der Aa, film director visual artist Steve McQueen, fashion designer Iris van Herpen, violinist Janine Jansen, and dramatist Ivo van Hove.

Natasja Kensmil photo © Cuny Janssen

photo © Cuny Janssen