A lot of design in Boijmans

Rotterdam Design Prize 2011

The biennial exhibition with the nominees for the Rotterdam Design Prize 2011 will begin this coming weekend. Come and view and vote for your favourite!

Museum Courtyard with 'Apollo' Olaf Nicolai and Thonik (floor painting), 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Museum Courtyard with 'Apollo' Olaf Nicolai and Thonik (floor painting), 2008, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Fifteen designers, artists and other creatives have been nominated this year for the first time by five scouts. Each of the nominees will present his or her project in the museum. The winner will be chosen at the end of the exhibition by a three-man international jury. You can cast your vote for your favourite from the moment the exhibition opens. The nominee with the most votes will win the Premsela Public Prize.

Artistic leader Joanna van der Zanden: ‘I am certain this year’s event will give rise to a lively debate about the meaning of design. Since the scouts each formulated their own criteria, the opinions are very explicit. Some of those nominated would never have thought that they would be considered for a design prize. A particularly surprising result, which maps the breadth of the design landscape and is therefore worth viewing for that reason alone.’

The Rotterdam Design Prize stimulates the debate about design in the cultural and social area. The winners of previous competitions include famous names such as Dumbar, Hella Jongerius and Thonik. Keep up-to-date with the developments and vote for your favourite via the website.

The Rotterdam Design Prize 2011 is organised by Stichting Designprijs Rotterdam [Rotterdam Design Prize Foundation], Premsela, Nederlands Instituut voor Design en Mode [Dutch Institute for Design and Fashion], and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The Rotterdam Design Prize 2011 has been made possible thanks to the support of Gemeente Rotterdam.

Also take a look at ArtTube this weekend; it will feature a film about the nominees.