publication date 14-9-2018

Minister of Culture Van Engelshoven prizes Royal Decoration to Els van Odijk

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Yesterday Els van Odijk received the Royal Decoration 'Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau' from the Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven.

Van Engelshoven gave the opening speech at the event in the Amsterdam Tolhuistuin, where Els van Odijk officially stood down as general director of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

Minister Van Engelshoven paid tribute to Els van Odijk’s more than thirty year career at the Rijksakademie, an internationally renowned institution where talented artists from the Netherlands and beyond make significant developments in their work. She described her long contribution to the Dutch and international art world, and acknowledged the personal commitment that Van Odijk has made to the Rijksakademie in dedicating an important chapter of her life to it, and how that chapter forms not only part of her own biography, but also of many others. She went on to highlight an “essential ‘Els van Odijk’ character trait” being her “perseverance: the drive to push ahead regardless of the apparent obstacles and challenges.”

The Rijksakademie expressed its gratitude to Els van Odijk in a speech by Chris Buijink, Chair of the Supervisory board.

As of September 1, Emily Pethick is the new general director of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam.

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The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten is an international residency program in Amsterdam aiming at developing talent in the visual arts. Emerging professional artists from the Netherlands and the rest of the world are offered a platform for further development and deepening of their work and practice. Presentation of the work and connections to an international network forms part of the two-year residency program. For many Dutch and international alumni the residency has led to their international breakthrough.

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Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, and former general director of the Rijksakademie, Els van Odijk (photo Roy Taylor) Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven, and former general director of the Rijksakademie, Els van Odijk (photo Roy Taylor)