Meijburg Art Commission

Tax advisory firm Meijburg & Co is the driving force behind the prestigious art prize, the Meijburg Art Commission. The prize is awarded to talented artists that will exhibit at Unseen Amsterdam through an open call by submitting a proposal for a unique artwork with a focus on photography. The winner of the Meijburg Art Commission will receive an assignment to create their submitted proposal, which will then be added to the art collection of Meijburg & Co.

The Meijburg Art Commission is part of a sponsorship agreement between Meijburg & Co and Unseen. As Wilbert Kannekens, chairperson of the Managing Board of Meijburg & Co explains: “Meijburg & Co is a firm that excels in encouraging and stimulating young talent. We believe that Unseen Amsterdam embodies the pursuit of innovation, an emphasis on high quality and social commitment. We wish to support young artists in their career and offer them the opportunity to excel in their chosen discipline”.

The nominees of the Meijburg Art Commission 2018 are Paul Bogaers (1961, NL), Joanne Dugan (1961, US), Hideyuki Ishibashi (1986, JP), Oliver Raymond-Barker (1980, UK) and Artist collective Fotoromanzo Italiano (IT). 

The winning artist will be decided during Unseen Amsterdam by an international jury consisting of Alessandra Capodacqua (photographer, curator and lecturer at NYU Florence, IED and SACI), Ángel Luis González Fernández (Founder and CEO of the PhotoIreland Foundation) and Wilbert Kannekens (CEO of Meijburg & Co).

number 1 red volvo car,from the series life behind the waste, 2017 C Pasi Orrensalo Mirko Mayer WEB .jpg Photo: number 1 (red volvo / car), from the series life behind the waste, 2017 © Pasi Orrensalo/ Mirko Mayer 

2017 Winner

Unseen and Meijburg & Co are delighted to announce that Pasi Orrensalo (FI, 1969) is the winner of the Meijburg Art Commission 2017. Artists submitted a proposal to create a unique photography-based artwork for the chance to bring their prospective project to life, and to be included in the art collection of Meijburg & Co Tax Lawyers. Pasi Orrensalo is an artist who uses photography to tell stories that are filtered through his distinctive view on life. His work focuses on the narratives of his subjects’ past and future. Orrensalo is represented by Galerie Mirko Mayer in Cologne and Shoot Gallery in Oslo. He was exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam 2017 with Galerie Mirko Mayer.

The international jury for the 2017 award comprised of Wilbert Kannekens (Chairman of the Managing Board of Meijburg & Co, NL), Susan Bright (curator and writer, UK) and W.M. Hunt (lecturer on the art of collecting, adjunct professor at the School of Visual Art, New York and author, USA).

NOMINEES 2017
Jannemarein Renout (NL, 1969), Nico Krijno (ZA, 1981), Pasi Orrensalo (FI, 1969), Ton Zwerver (NL, 1951) and Yoshinori Mizutani (JP, 1987). Find out more here.

NOMINEES 2016
Awoiska van der Molen (NL, 1972), Elspeth Diederix (KE, 1971), Motohiro Takeda (JP, 1982), Yoko Ikeda (JP, 1965) and Mandy Barker (UK, 1964). Winner Elspeth Diederix. Find out more here.

NOMINEES 2015
Anouk Kruithof (NL, 1981), Sjoerd Knibbeler (NL, 1981), Inka & Niclas (Fi, 1985, SE, 1984), Melinda Gibson (UK, 1985) and Noemie Goudal (FR, 1984). Winner: Anouk Kruihof. See Anouk Kruithof's interview here.