The international discourse on the Prix de Rome, past to present

The value of foreign artists in residence in Rome in the past en presence. Challenges for contemporary art in Rome. The role of foreign institutes in the Eternal City. These are some of the themes that will be at the heart of the conference that will take place of the 16th of December at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, at via Omero 10-12. The conference is curated by artist/researcher PhD Krien Clevis and organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome and the Mondriaan Fund in Amsterdam.

Speakers of the conference are international experts of the Ministry of Foreign affairs of the Netherlands, Villa Medici/Académie de France , Deutsche Akademie Rom Villa Massimo, British School at Rome, American Academy of Rome, Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, Mondriaan Fund, de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, and others.

Many foreign institutes offer studios for artists in Rome. This started thanks to a state prize in Europe, as well as in the United States: the Prix de Rome. Founded in France, the prize has a long and rich history. From its origin to the present days, many aspects have changed (criteria, results, contemporary context of the art world, both national and international, etc.), but the prize is still the most prestigious art prize and artists are still very eager to work and study in Rome.

Last year the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands has reintroduced an old tradition. The prize permits the winning visual artist to study and work in Rome for a period of three months. This year the Netherlands celebrate also that ten years ago, the Dutch Project Studio in Rome was founded at the American Academy. Like other countries, the Netherlands continues a long tradition to maintain a structural presence of artists and architects in Rome.
This symposium wants to highlight the role of the Netherlands in relation to their European and American peers from a historical point of view, as well as to the contemporary art-scene of today. Furthermore it will pinpoint the Prix de Rome in an international context of artists in residences in Rome and the role of the many foreign institutes as important centers for the arts. The city of Rome is one of the oldest ideals for artists to stay and continues to be an inexhaustible source for research and inspiration.

The conference will be divided in three sessions:
1. A historical perspective and contemporary discourse of the Prix the Rome from an international perspective
2. Dutch artists and Prix de Rome winners of the Netherlands in Rome
3. Panel discussion: The contemporary international art context in Rome and the role of foreign institutes in relation to the city of Rome

The conference will be in English. Download the program here: PdR-invitation. Aanmelden via