Meijburg & Co Tax Lawyers and Unseen are excited to present the five nominees for the third edition of the Meijburg Art Commission. This prize, run by Meijburg & Co and Unseen Amsterdam, aims to showcase the work of talented artists whose multimedia work centres around photography. The commission will support emerging artists by giving them the opportunity to develop new work. This commission is part of Unseen Amsterdam 2017, an international photography showcase taking place from the 22nd until the 24th of September 2017.  

Wilbert Kannekens, Chairman of the Board of Meijburg & Co, explains: “Unseen provides a unique platform to talent, innovation and creativity. Meijburg & Co connects with this message and supports talent through the Meijburg Art Commission. The quality of the submissions was, once again, very high this year: it was a great challenge to select five candidates out of a big amount of high-standing submissions. We are looking forward to the third edition of the Meijburg Art Commission, and to welcoming our guests to the world of Unseen while announcing the winner.”

Emilia van Lynden, Artistic Director of Unseen, on the collaboration: "The Meijburg Art Commission is a fantastic opportunity which allows an artist to enthuse and inspire the employees of a company that actively supports the creative sector. In addition to this, the commission gives an artist the chance to delve into a completely different world and create an artwork that connects their artistic vision with the values of Meijburg & Co. We are thrilled with all the submissions that have been received and are eagerly awaiting to unveil this year’s winner." 

All artists exhibiting at Unseen Amsterdam 2017 were invited to submit an initial idea for the commission, and Unseen and Meijburg & Co have now selected five artists to work on a more extensive proposal for the site-specific artwork focusing on photography. An international jury will study these proposals during Unseen Amsterdam and select a winner to receive a production fund that will be used for the creation of a site-specific work to be displayed at the office of Meijburg & Co. The work will be subsequently added to the company’s art collection. 


The five nominees for the Meijburg Art Commission 2017 are: Nico Krijno (South Africa, 1981), Yoshinori Mizutani (Japan, 1987), Pasi Orrensalo (Finland, 1969), Jannemarein Renout (The Netherlands, 1969) and Ton Zwerver (The Netherlands, 1951).

International jury

The international jury consists 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 Arts and author, USA). The winner of the Meijburg Art Commission will be announced during an exclusive event of Meijburg & Co on Friday the 22nd of September at Unseen Amsterdam 2017.