about the project

The Sikkens Foundation is an independent cultural foundation which aims to stimulate cultural  and scientific developments in which colour plays a specific part. Since its foundation in 1959, the  Sikkens Foundation has been closely observing the international artistic developments in the field of colour, and is known for its two core activities: the awarding of the Sikkens Prize and the Mondrian Lecture.

The Sikkens Prize is Netherlands’ oldest independent art prizes. It is awarded once every few years to individuals or institutions that are considered to have made a special contribution to the field of colour. Established in 1960, previous winners include Gerrit Rietveld (1960), Le Corbusier (1963), Donald Judd (1993) and Bridget Riley (2013).

Awarding the Sikkens Prize to Hella Jongerius has inspired a very special collaboration between multidisciplinary musicians the Eef van Breen Group and design collective envisions. In ‘A Tribute to Hella Jongerius’, the two groups reflect on Jongerius’ work and her use of colour by creating a mesmerising opening performance in which sound, light, colour and sculpture come together in a spectacle for the senses, while simultaneously setting the stage for the rest of the program.