Each year three young artists are presented with a Royal Award of € 9,000 tax-free and exempt from social security contributions. After the Award Ceremony the King will open the exhibition with works of the winners and nominees.
A jury of artists, curators, and art critics nominates the award-winners on the
basis of the work they have submitted. A selection of the paintings submitted
for the contest are shown in an exhibition at the Royal Palace.
Award for Modern Painting was instituted by King William III in 1871, and subsequently
developed by Queen Emma, Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Juliana Queen Beatrix and King
Willem-Alexander into a tradition of royal commitment to painting.