Morena Bamberger, from Roermond, is the first artist to receive the Limburg Beeldende Kunst (LBK) Stipendium, a grant for fine art awarded by the Netherlands Province of Limburg. She will stay at the Jan van Eyck Academie for two months – October and November 2019 –, after which her work will be exhibited in the project space of the Bonnefantenmuseum from 24 November onwards.
Establishment of the LBK Stipendium was accorded to Lex ter Braak on retirement from his directorship of the Jan van Eyck Academie in June 2018, by Ger Koopmans, Deputy for Culture of the Province of Limburg, on behalf of the plenary provincial council. The objective of the LBK Stipendium is to stimulate the work of a young Limburgian artist, with the aim of raising the recipient's visibility and bringing their work the attention of a wider public. The Stipendium comprises a donation from the Province of Limburg of €5,000 for the production of new work. The institutional involvement of the Jan van Eyck Academie and the Bonnefantenmuseum facilitates residency of the selected artist for a working period of two months at the academy, followed by an exhibition of new and existing work at the Bonnefantenmuseum.
Lex ter Braak, Stijn Huijts (director of the Bonnefantenmuseum) and Joep Vossebeld (artist, curator and author) take joint responsibility for selecting the recipient of the LBK Stipendium.
Morena Bamberger earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design in 2018. She creates new magical and sensorial worlds and situations that are charged with adventure, discovery, and deep-lying (human and animal) connections; sculptures change into alien beings, paintings become clouds and leaves, and video images transform into mysterious reflections.