Since 2014, the Vincent Award has been hosted by the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The museum holds the related Monique Zajfen Collection on long-term loan and presents a selection from it twice a year in a dedicated exhibition space known as the Vincent Award Room. Every two years, the museum organizes the Vincent Award. Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum, is chairman of the international jury. Work by the five nominated artists is put on show in a Vincent Award show held in the museum’s special annex dedicated to the art of today: the GEM. Museum of Contemporary Art. The prize is presented in the course of a high-profile award ceremony at the Gemeentemuseum.
The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is one of the greatest art galleries in the Netherlands. It has an outstanding collection, encompassing modern and contemporary art, fashion and the decorative arts. The breathtaking building that houses the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag is the last great masterpiece of Dutch architect H.P. Berlage. It is one of the earliest examples of modern museum architecture in the world and was designed as a total work of art. Natural daylighting is used throughout the building. Parts of the interior are rich in decorative detail, the entire design is based on an 11 cm module, and the internal layout – consisting of a varied pattern of main galleries, corridors and smaller side-rooms – is highly distinctive. The building breathes, possesses a universal beauty and is an experience in itself. It has many impressive wall paintings by renowned artists like Sol LeWitt. An adjacent annex contains separate exhibition spaces for contemporary art and photography. These are known respectively as the GEM. Museum of Contemporary Art and the Hague Museum of Photography.
The Gemeentemuseum’s collections rank among the best in the world and comprise classic and post-war modern art, contemporary art, photography, fashion, and the early and modern decorative arts. The many highlights of the modern art collection include works by big-name artists like Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Louise Bourgeois and Francis Bacon. The museum also holds the world’s greatest collection of Mondrians, featuring 300 of his works. This, together with its dedicated restoration studio and programme of ongoing research on Piet Mondrian’s life and work, has earned the Gemeentemuseum an international reputation as the leading centre of knowledge and expertise on this pioneer in the field of modern art. The museum enables a host of exhibitions on the renowned abstract artist to be held all over the world, ensuring that his work continues to have a wide influence on the art of today. The museum also possesses the world’s largest collection of artworks and objects relating to De Stijl, an international group of artists that included Piet Mondrian and Gerrit Rietveld.
Following on from the collections of classic modern and post-war art, the museum also collects and exhibits contemporary art. Its holdings in this field include works by Daniel Richter, Wilhelm Sasnal, Marlene Dumas, Isa Genzken, Berlinde de Bruyckere and Charles Avery, to name but a few.