Bas Princen is an artist and photographer whose work focuses on the transformations of the urban landscape, researching the possible future scenarios and outcomes by the use of photography. He was educated as an industrial designer at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and later studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Since then, through the use of photography, his work has focused on the urban landscape in transformation, researching the various forms, outcomes and imaginary visions of changing urban space.
His recent solo exhibitions include: Image and Architecture, Vitra Design Museum, Ville am Rhein 2018; Resources, WDW / Tent, Rotterdam, 2013; Photography, Landscape, Image, Architectural Association, London, 2012; Collaborations, Arsenale, 13th Venice Biennale, 2012; Reservoir, deSingel, Antwerp, 2011; Five Cities, Depo, Istanbul, 2010; Refuge, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, 2010; Invisible frontier, AUT, Innsbruck, 2008; Nature as Artifice, Kroller Muller Museum, Otterloo and Aperture Foundation, New York, 2009; Spectacular City, Nai, Rotterdam, 2006; the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2010 he was awarded with the Silver Lion for his collaborative work with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
In May 2004, Princen had his first book, Artificial Arcadia, published by 010 Publishers. Further monographs include Rotterdam (Witte de with Publishers, 2007); Galleria Naturale (Linea di Confine, Rubierra, 2008); Five Cities Portfolio (SUN Publishers, 2009); Reservoir (Hatje Cantz, 2011); and The Construction of an Image: Bas Princen (Bedford Press, 2015).
Visiting Professor at IZK in the Summer Semester 2019. He will be teaching Workshop 2.