2006 Prince Claus Awards
On Wednesday, 13 December 2006, the Iranian graphic designer Reza Abedini (1967, Iran) receieved this year’s Principal Prince Claus Award of €100,000 at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.
Reza Abedini (1967, Iran), Principal Prince Claus Laureate
Reza Abedini is a graphic designer and a professor of graphic design and visual culture at Tehran University. He emphasises the relationship between visual tradition and modern form, encourages research in the long and rich history of Persian art and calligraphy, and nurtures talent in the younger generations. Reza Abedini is granted the Principal Prince Claus Award in recognition of his personal creativity in producing superb graphic design and his individual skill in adapting the knowledge and achievements of Iran’s artistic heritage, making it new and compelling today. The award values and draws attention to the diversity of Iranian culture – both historic and contemporary. It recognises the impact of graphic design as a powerful global medium of communication, and highlights the tradition and role of graphic design both in the laureate’s own country and across the world.