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Grayson Perry Erasmus Prize 2020

Erasmus Prize 2021 awarded to Grayson Perry

The Praemium Erasmianum Foundation has awarded the Erasmus Prize 2021 to the British artist Grayson Perry. The theme of the Erasmus Prize this year is ‘The power of the image in the digital era’.

Due to recently tightened COVID-19 restrictions in the Netherlands the Erasmus Prize ceremony for Grayson Perry, scheduled for December 16th in the Royal Palace Amsterdam has been cancelled. The award will be presented to Grayson Perry during a private congratulatory meeting with the Patron of the Foundation, His Majesty the King.


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Diverse are the gifts of men of genius and many are the different kinds of ages. Let each one reveal the scope of his competence and let no one be envious of another who in keeping with his own ability and style tries to make a useful contribution to the education of all

Erasmus to
Jean de Carondelet
Basel 5th of January 1523


Stichting Praemium Erasmianum

Patron His Majesty the King

The Praemium Erasmianum is a cultural institution active in the fields of humanities, social sciences and the arts. It was founded in 1958 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The Foundation awards the annual Erasmus Prize and organises cultural and academic activities around the award ceremony. The Foundation is motivated by the cultural traditions of Europe and the ideas of Erasmus.

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