Bas Princen is an artist and photographer living and working in Rotterdam and recently in 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: Image and Architecture at the Vitra Design Museum, Breuer Revised,at the Met in NY, 2017 , Earth Pillar, solo Gallery, Paris, 2016, Constructing Worlds in the Barbican Art Gallery, London 2014; ‘Room of Peace’ in the Arsenale exhibition ‘Monditalia’, at the 14th Venice Bienale; Reservoir, deSingel Antwerp 2011; Five Cities, Depo, Istanbul 2010; Refuge, Storefront for art and architecture NY 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, he published his first book“Artificial Arcadia” with 010 Publishers; further monographs include “Rotterdam” with Witte de With Publishers 2007; “Galleria Naturale” for Linea di Confine, Rubierra 2008, “Five Cities Portfolio” with SUN Publishers 2009 and ‘Reservoir’ with Hatje Cantz 2011, and ‘The Construction of an Image 2016 with Bedford Press
In 2004 he won the Charlotte Kohler Prize for promising young artists and architects in the Netherlands” and at the 2010 Venice Bienale of Architecture he was awarded the silver lion for his collaborative work with Office Kersten Geers David van Severen.