The Noordbrabants Museum wins Global Fine Art Award 2016

’s-Hertogenbosch, 12th February 2017 – The Noordbrabants Museum has won the Global Fine Art Award 2016 in the category ‘Best Renaissance, Baroque, Old Masters, Dynasties – solo artist’ for its exhibition Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius. The prize is shared with the Museo Nacional del Prado for its exhibition about the artist. The winners of the awards in 11 categories were made known yesterday evening in New York. The Noordbrabants Museum is the first Dutch museum to win this prize. The director Charles de Mooij received the prestigious prize on the museum’s behalf. Ad ’s-Gravesande, intendant of Jheronimus Bosch 500 was also present. The Noordbrabants Museum and the Museo Nacional del Prado were also awarded the Youniversal prize for their Bosch exhibitions, the prize voted on by the general public.

Acceptance speech by Charles de Mooij after winning the Global Fine Art Award.

Charles de Mooij: “We are extremely proud of this exceptionally prestigious award and we also congratulate our colleagues at the Museo Nacional del Prado, with whom we worked closely to bring about this celebrated exhibition. I can’t say it often enough but the success of the exhibition was a collaborative effort from a number of partners, including, of course, the Jheronimus Bosch 500 manifestation, but also our sponsors and the hundreds of employees and volunteers who were also involved in the exhibition and the manifestation.”

Ad ’s-Gravesande: “The manifestation and the exhibition have both won various national and international prizes, including the best public event of the year and the Apollo Award for the Exhibition of the Year. This Global Fine Art Award is the cherry on the cake: it is a sort of Oscar for the art world. The prize means that the Bosch exhibition was way ahead of the large museums in the world. This is very special and more than enough reason to be proud.”

Global Fine Art Awards (GFAA)
GFAA is the first annual programme to recognise the best art and design exhibitions and installations in the world. More than 200 museums and 2,000 exhibitions were considered by a jury consisting of prominent professionals from the world of art. The 78 nominations were made known on 6th October. Nominees include exhibitions from many prominent museums across the globe: New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Jewish Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art; LACMA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, and The Broad Museum in Los Angeles; the British Museum, The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Britain and Tate Modern in London; Le Grand Palais and Château de Versailles in France; the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence; the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam; the Museo del Prado and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Yuz Museum in China; the State Hermitage and the Moscow Kremlin Museums in Russia. On 25th October it was made known that Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius had reached the final along with 33 others (three per category).

More information: globalfineartawards.org

About Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius
The vast majority of Bosch’s surviving paintings and drawings were on show: 17 out of only 24 remaining paintings and 19 out of 20 drawings. The exhibition called drew a record number of visitors to the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch. Between 13 February and 8 May 2016, 421,700 people visited the overview exhibition, described by the UK daily newspaper The Guardian as ‘one of the most important exhibitions of our century’. The exhibition was the high point of the ‘Hieronymus Bosch 500’ national event year being celebrated in the Netherlands throughout 2016 to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s year of death. Jheronimus Bosch – Visions of genius was based on the Bosch Research and Conservation Project (BRCP), the most extensive and internationally focused research ever conducted into the oeuvre of Hieronymus Bosch. The BRCP is an initiative of Radboud University Nijmegen, the Hieronymus Bosch 500 Foundation and the Noordbrabants Museum.

Acknowledgements
The exhibition was part of the Hieronymus Bosch 500 Year and was made possible by the Municipality of ’s‑Hertogenbosch, the Province of North Brabant, the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, BankGiro Loterij, Essent, Rabobank, Gieskes-Strijbis Fund, Fonds 21, Ammodo, the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund, KLM and the Getty Foundation.