Bas Princen (1975 / NL) is an an artist and photographer living and working in Rotterdam and Zurich. He was educated as industrial designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven and later studied architecture at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Since then, through the use of photography, his work focuses on urban landscape in transformation, researching the various forms, outcomes and imaginaries of changing urban space.
Recent exhibitions include: Constructing Worlds in the Barbican Art Gallery, London 2014; Room of Peace in the Arsenale exhibition Monditalia, at the 14th Venice Bienale of Architecture 2014; 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 Bienale of Architecture 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2012.
In May 2004, Bas Princen published his first book Artificial Arcadia with 010 Publishers. Further monographs include Rotterdam (Witte de With Publishers, 2007), Galleria Naturale for Linea di Confine (Rubierra, 2008), Five Cities Portfolio (SUN Publishers, 2009), Reservoir (Hatje Cantz, 2011) and The Construction of an Image (Bedford Press, 2016).
At the 2010 Venice Bienale of Architecture, Bas Princen was awarded the Silver Lion for his collaborative work with OFFICE Kersten Geers David van Severen. In 2004 he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands.