This year’s theme of Light inspired 1745 artists to submit 3000 works for the closely fought qualifying rounds of SummerExpo 2014. The independent jury has chosen 248 of the anonymised artworks to be exhibited at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The varied selection of photographs, films, models, drawings, paintings and installations will create a visual spectacle of the first order. Following the great success of last year’s venture, the public will once again have the opportunity to buy the exhibits. SummerExpo will be open to the public from 28 May to 31 August.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and ArtWorlds are proud to present the fourth edition of SummerExpo, the Netherlands’ biggest open-entry art exhibition. The show will provide a wonderful overview of the current state of play in Dutch art. The selected entries will compete for a number of prizes: the Visitors’ Prize, Museum Prize, Multiples Prize and a special prize for the work making the most inventive use of light and/or energy. The prize-winners will be announced at the end of August.
The jury met in the Eusebiuskerk in Arnhem, Loods 6 in Amsterdam and the Opifexkerk in Leidschendam to judge the over 3000 entries. The light in all the venues was magical and the buildings provided magnificent settings for these exciting events. The jury was composed of curators, gallery holders, cultural entrepreneurs, art historians and artists. The works were presented anonymously and judged purely on their artistic strengths. AVRO arts programme Kunstuur filmed the qualifying rounds and the resulting documentaries will be broadcast on Dutch TV channel Nederland 2 on 11, 18 and 25 May.
Exhibits for sale
As at the venerable Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, all the exhibits on show at SummerExpo will be for sale. The organizers hope that this will encourage more people to buy art and give artists a way of marketing their work to a wider public. Thirty per cent of the sale price will go to ArtWorlds. The exhibition catalogue (price € 9.90) will contain photographs and descriptions of all the exhibits, together with details of the prizes. It will be on sale in the museum shop from 29 May and the works selected for inclusion in the exhibition can also be viewed in an online gallery at www.zomerexpo.nl.
SummerExpo 2014 is sponsored by the Cultural Participation Fund, VSB Fund, Fund 1818 and the BankGiro Lottery.