March 26 2014 - 3:40 PM

The Rijksmuseum has announced its ten finalists for the Rijksstudio Award. An international jury selected the ten best designs from a total of 810 entries for the 'Make your own Masterpiece' competition, in which applicants were challenged to create their own masterpiece based on an image from the museum’s collection in Rijksstudio. The entries were extremely diverse, from a perfume to a music video and from jewelry to paintings. The three winners will be announced on the evening of Tuesday 1 April, during the festive Rijksstudio Award presentation ceremony.

Rijksstudio Award finalists from Rijksmuseum on Vimeo.

The ten finalists and their entries are featured on the Rijksmuseum’s website:

Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections: ‘The number, diversity and level of entries from all over the world was surprising. Wonderful to see how the Rijksmuseum collection is a source of inspiration.’

Design competition: Make your own Masterpiece

The Make your own Masterpiece design competition was established on 1 November 2013 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rijksstudio. People were invited to participate in any conceivable art form (design, autonomous art, applied arts, photography, video), as long as their creation was inspired by an item in the Rijksmuseum’s collection. The designs were judged by an international jury: Caroline Baumann, Director Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Tony Chambers, Editor-in-Chief at Wallpaper, Irma Boom, Designer at Irma Boom Office, Renny Ramakers, Co-founder of and Creative Director at Droog, Caroline Krouwels, Head of Creative De Bijenkorf en Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections at the Rijksmuseum. The winner will receive the Rijksstudio Award and their design will be exhibited in the Rijksmuseum.


Rijksstudio brings the Rijksmuseum’s collection right to your door. Over 150,000 artworks are presented in close-up for you to zoom in on, to touch, to “Like”, and to use in your own creations. Collect your favourite works in your own Rijksstudio, share them with friends or download them free of charge and make your own artwork. The stunning images in Rijksstudio are entirely copyright-free: you can do what you like with them, for either private or commercial purposes.

Rijksstudio was created by Fabrique and Q42, in collaboration with Irma Boom Office.

With thanks to our Rijksstudio partner:
BankGiro Loterij

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