DAI salutes and warmly congratulates Yvonne Dröge Wendel with the awarding of the prestigious Heineken-prize 2016.
The international jury for the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art has unanimously selected Dutch visual artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel as this year’s laureate. Dröge Wendel will receive a cash prize of EUR 100,000, half of which is meant to finance a publication and/or exhibition. The jury has praised Dröge Wendel’s work for its originality, inventiveness and vitality. The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is the Netherlands’ most prestigious prize for visual artists ( earlier recipients were Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Mark Manders, Arnout Mik, Daan van Golden and others).It is financed from a private fund, the Dr A.H. Heineken Foundation for Art. The prize is being awarded for the fifteenth time this year. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 in Amsterdam.
About the laureate
Yvonne Dröge Wendel (born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1961) lives and works in Amsterdam. She trained at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1993-1994) and Delfina Studios in London (2002-2003). She is currently working on a PhD artistic research project at the University of Twente. She is also head of the department of fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She publishes art books, features frequently in solo and group exhibitions, and engages on a regular basis with the public in public spaces. In 1994 she won the second Prix de Rome to be awarded in the fine arts and theatre.
At the DAI we had the privilege of getting to know Yvonne when she was a committed member of the government installed panel of national and international external experts which, based on its findings (after two days of inquiries with a great number op people) produced a, by all means jubilant report on all aspects of our MA which was then evaluated and calibrated by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders NVAO.