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Magali Reus Receives 2015 Prix de Rome

Dutch artist Magali Reus was awarded the 2015 Prix de Rome today, which comes with a monetary prize of about $43,000, reports Alex Greenberger of Artnews.

Reus, whose lock sculptures push the aesthetics of the industrial prison complex through the lens of modernist design, has shown at many international venues, such as SculptureCenter in New York, The Approach in London, and Galerie Fons Welters in Amsterdam. A solo exhibition at the Stedelijk is currently in the works for next year.

Reus was selected from a shortlist that included Christian Nyampeta, Hedwig Houben, and the Foundland collective. According to the Prix de Rome jury, “[We were] intrigued by the cryptic but beautiful idiosyncrasy of [Reus’s] objects: the references to digital reality remain fragmented and the mysterious materiality of the objects raises more questions than can be answered.”

For more on Magali Reus, see Javier Hontoria's recent Critic's Pick on her exhibition at the Hepworth Wakefield.