Bas Princen


Bas Princen is an artist and a photographer based in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. After studying Design for Public Space at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and Architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, Bas Princen started his photographical works focusing particularly on the exploration of the dialectics between built and natural environments. His subject of studies can be seem as active commentaries on anthropological and ecological aspects resulting of human development.
His first book "Artificial Arcadia" was published in May 204 by 010 Publishers. Further monographs include "Rotterdam" by Witte de With Publishers in 2007, "Galleria Naturale" by Linea di Confine in 2008, "Five Cities Portfolio" by SUN Publishers in 2009 and "Reservoir" by Hatje Cantz in 2011.

Bas Princen was awarded the Silver Lion for his collaboration with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen during the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, the Prix de Rome in 2006 and the Award for Promising Young Artists and Architects from the Prins Bernard Culture Fund in 2004.

His recent solo exhibitions include "Resources" at the WDW/Tent in Rotterdam in 2013, "Photography, Landscape, Image" at the Architectural Association in London in 2012, "Reservoir" at deSingel in Antwerp in 2011, "Five Cities" at Depo in Instanbul in 2012, "Refuge" at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York in 2010, "Invisible Frontier" at the AUT in Insbruck in 2008, "Nature as Artifice" at the Kroller Muller Museum in Otterloo and at the Aperture Foundation in New York in 2009, and "Spectacular City" in the NAI in Rotterdam in 2006 . Numerous group exhibitions presented his work for instance at several Venice Architecturale Biennales, at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennale in 2014, at the Barbican Art Gallery in London for the exhibition "Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age" and at the REDCAT Gallery in Los Angeles for the show "Small Museum for the American Metaphor" also in 2014.

Bas Princen's work is also part of the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and The Hague's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.