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PRIXDEROME.NL 2009 Exhibition : 9 May – 14 June 2009 Award ceremony: 28 May 2009

Witte de With and de Appel are pleased to cohost the 2009 PRIXDEROME.NL exhibition, the oldest Dutch state prize for contemporary artists. The exhibition will be held across two different venues, where new projects by the four shortlist artists will be on display alongside a selection of work by the six longlist artists. In 2009 the shortlist artists are: Rossella Biscotti (1978, IT, lives and works in Rotterdam), Nicoline van Harskamp (1975, NL, lives and works in Amsterdam), Ólafur Ólafsson i.c.w. Libia Castro (1973,IS / 1969 ES) both live and work in Rotterdam) and Sara Rajaei (1976, IR, lives and works in Den Haag). The longlist includes: Maze de Boer (1976, NL, lives and works in Amsterdam), Rob Hornstra (1975, NL, lives and works in Utrecht), Heidi Linck (1978, NL, lives and works in Wageningen), Marc Oosting, (1976, NL, lives and works in Amsterdam), Helmut Smits (1974, NL, lives and works in Rotterdam), and Jasmijn Visser (1983, NL, lives and works in Utrecht). The 2009 Prix de Rome exhibition is curated by Sarah Farrar (de Appel) and Juan A. Gaitán (Witte de With). The exhibition will be held across two locations: at Witte de With in Rotterdam and de Appel, as part of a special disembodied programme of activities whilst awaiting its new ‘home’ base, presents an offsite exhibition at the Westergasfabriek (‘Zuiveringshal Oost’)in Amsterdam. Tickets to the exhibition will be valid for both venues. The winner of the PRIXDEROME.NL 2009 will be announced on 28 May 2009 during an official award ceremony in the Gashouder at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The winner is selected from the four shortlist artists by an international jury comprised of Kestutis Kuizinas (LT), chairman, Yael Bartana (IL), Jurgen Bey (NL), Bruce McLean (UK) and Barbara Visser (NL). A catalogue documenting the work of the ten artists featured in the PRIXDEROME.NL 2009 exhibition, with special attention to the work of the four shortlist artists, will be released

on 28 May 2009. It is published by NAi Publishers and will be available from the exhibition venues and selected booksellers. The PRIXDEROME.NL 2009 is structured as a network organisation by the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, with de Appel and Witte de With as exhibition partners; SNS Reaal Fonds, KPN, MAB Development and INBO, AVRO Kunst as main sponsors; NAi Publishers and Kunstbeeld as media partners; and the Westergasfabriek as a location partner. It is also made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Culture.

Practical information: Exhibition dates : 9 May – 14 June 2009 Openings : 9 May 2009 at 2 pm – de Appel, Amsterdam 9 May 2009 at 6 pm – Witte de With, Rotterdam Award ceremony: 28 May at 4 pm – Gashouder, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam Two exhibition locations: de Appel arts centre (off-site exhibition) ‘Zuiveringshal Oost’ Westergasfabriek Pazzanistraat 23 1014 DB Amsterdam Tel +31 (0)20 6255651 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday , 11am – 6pm (extended hours during the Holland Festival) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Witte de Withstraat 50 3012 BR Rotterdam Tel +31 (0)10 411 0144 Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday , 11am – 6pm Press information: For further information, email or call +31 (0)10 411 0144, or see

Prix de Rome 2009 Press Release ENG