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Reinvent the past for the Rijksstudio Award

Enter the competition and rebirth a classic masterpiece.

This February, the Rijksmuseum open up their online archives for an exciting opportunity for budding designers. We’re talking about the Rijksstudio Award, and if you haven’t heard of it before, now’s the time to get on board. The competition asks for designers of all mediums to dive into the depths of the Rijks collection and produce something inspired by one of the thousands of pieces on display online and within the museum. This rebirth of classical pieces through the eyes of modern thinkers is providing all types of creatives with the opportunity to win a cash price and a coaching session from Dutch graphic designer, Irma Boom.

In previous years, the Rijksstudio has seen works from designers of all different backgrounds enter the competition. In 2015, the winner of the Design Award went to Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker’s “Book Bracelet ”, which was inspired by Rembrandt’s drawings. The bracelet—a book with the bind to the skin and pages facing outward—wraps around the wrist and enables you to flick through the pages and see the several ways in which Rembrandt drew hands. Then, in 2017, Belarus artist Lesha Limonov won the Design Award for her piece “Masterpieces Never Sleep”, which paid homage to Johannes Cornelisz Versproncks’ “Portrait of a Girl Dressed in Blue”. Limonov’s work took the eyes from the portrait and produced them into a sleep mask; a playful rendition of Verspronck’s classic piece that still reminisces the picture’s most notable feature, the eyes. If you’re a creative vulture (and agree with us that a little cash never hurt nobody) then hand in your entry before the 27th of February to be in with a chance of winning this year’s Rijksstudio Award!

Rijksstudio Award 2020 

Apply here!


Words by Grace Powell

All images courtesy of Rijksstudio