Krijn de Koning
Sikkens Prize 2007
The site-specific installations of Krijn de Koning, sometimes compared to the work of Daniel Buren and Michael Asher, are collected in this richly illustrated, chunky catalogue of recent and historical work. According to essayist Sven Lutticken, de Koning is like an archaeologist who peels away old layers of time and adds new ones.
SIKKENS PRIZE 2007 AWARDED TO KRIJN DE KONING
The Sikkens Prize 2007 has been awarded to the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning for his distinct interventions in existing spaces, whereby color plays a specific role.
The award of the Sikkens Prize 2007 to the Dutch artist Krijn de Koning (b. 1963) fits completely within this tradition. Since the early 1990s De Koning has carried out around a hundred ‘site-specific’ works of art in the Netherlands and other countries. His architectural interventions consist of walls, floors, a complete construction or simply of color. ‘A large red area is a large red area. But seeing it is something very physical - your eyes perceive it but it also touches your heart.’ Using color and form, as well as feeling and atmosphere, he evokes a sensual experience of space that raises in a unique way the issue of interaction between the public and the built environment.