"For over fifty years, Eja Siepman van den Berg has worked on a unique body of work, imperturbable and conscientiously. With this award, the jury expresses it's appreciation for the way in which she chooses the human body as her main topic, devoid of fashion, 'schools' or trends." (Jury Wilhelmina Ring, 2017)
Award Ceremony Wilhelmina Ring 2017,
Museum CODA, Apeldoorn
Looking back at a wonderful award ceremony in Apeldoorn (23 September), I would like to thank the Jury of the Wilhelmina Ring for this great honor.
I would also like to thank chairwoman of the Stichting Wilhelminaring, Corrie van der Veen, for her commitment and her warm-hearted introductory speech, elaborating on my work.
Besides that, I would like to thank Katja Prins for the wonderful design of the 2017 Wilhelmina Ring, and Carin Reinders of the CODA Museum Apeldoorn for her warm welcome.
And a special thanks goes to all those who visited the ceremony or reached out with their warm congratulations.
Eja Siepman van den Berg
Beetsterzwaag, 24 September 2017
Photo: Chairman of the jury Wim Pijbes, Katja Prins, designer of the Wilhelmina Ring 2017 (right), and Eja Siepman van den Berg.
Courtesy Janneke Veldman
Eja Siepman van den Berg is laureate of the 2017 Wilhelmina Ring.
The Wilhelmina Ring is a biennial oeuvre award, awarded to leading Dutch sculptors; it is one of the most important art prizes in the Netherlands. The price consists of a ring, designed for the occasion, of a commissioned sculpture for the municipal park in Apeldoorn, and an accompanying exhibition at Museum CODA, Apeldoorn (3 June-26 August 2018).
With this award, Eja Siepman van den Berg finds herself in the company of esteemed winners such as Joost Beljon, Joep van Lieshout, Jan van Munster, Carel Visser, Hans van Houwelingen, and Auke de Vries, among others.
More information on the Wilhelmina Ring can be found here.
A monographic publication on Eja Siepman van den Berg, expected Winter 2018
Antoon Melissen, 'Eja Siepman van den Berg', Kerber Verlag (Bielefeld/Berlin). Hardcover, 28.5 x 21.5 cm, ca. 120 pages, ca. 100 illustrations in color.
Eja Siepman van den Berg holds an unique position in Dutch ánd European art. From the early 1970s onwards, she has positioned herself in the elaborate contexts of figurative sculpture. At first sight, the (female) human body is Siepman van den Bergs 'prime subject'. On closer inspection, however, Siepman van den Berg transcends the merely figurative. Her body of work also responds to more fundamental matters of sculpture, to the meaning of scale, symmetry and proportion--a mathematical approach to the organic-- and to the intrinsic qualities of her materials, bronze and stone.
This explains Eja Siepman van den Berg's affinity with both the giants of classical figuration ánd abstraction. This publication will trace the development of Siepman van den Berg's distinctive visual idiom, in the context of both contemporaries and forerunners. It positions her as a true advocate of craftsmanship ánd conceptual approaches of sculpture, of both tradition ánd renewal.
About the author
Antoon Melissen is an art historian-curator with a special interest in post-war Dutch art in an international context. He published several monographs and catalogue texts for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, and David Zwirner Gallery, New York, among others.
Cover photo (detail):
Courtesy Het Depot/John Stoel
New developments: a Casting Fund and an exclusive offer of two luxurious editions in resin
A new Casting Fund ('Gietfonds') was established in April 2017. This fund enables Eja Siepman van den Berg to work with the latest innovations in sculpture, among them digital processes, and will lead to a new collection of works in marble and bronze. For this project, new––and important––partners were found in Art Casting (Oudenaarde, Belgium), FlexForm (Amsterdam), and Marble Studio Stagetti (Pietrasanta, Italy).
As an exclusive offer, Eja Siepman van den Berg developed two luxurious editions in resin, issued in April 2017. These sculptures will promote and support the Casting Fund and the monographic publication, scheduled for Spring 2018.
These works, in a limited edition of 50 copies each, will be on offer at selected European galleries. Each sculpture from the edition will be accompanied by a signed monograph.
There is no easier way to support the arts!
For more information, please contact:
Galerie Schoots + van Duyse
2000 Antwerp, Belgium