The panel thought this was head and shoulders above the other books by or about academies of art. It is a work of very clean, serene, monumental and honest design, to the extent that there is almost something museum-like about it. The chosen paper is also excellent.
It is the strength of simplicity that makes this a beautiful publication. Strictly speaking it is not a book, perhaps: technically, indeed, it is a brochure. Thanks to the way the whole thing is executed, this is mainly an exercise in reflection. And that in turn ties in seamlessly with the kind of institution that the Rijksakademie wishes to be.