Rem Koolhaas leads Dutch Culture Top 100

Architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), leads the NRC Culture Top 100 of 2014, a ranking of the most successful Dutch cultural exporters in 2014. Ballet and modern dance, DJ’s and design are among the Netherlands’ most successful export products, according to the list.

Following Rem Koolhaas in the top 10 of the list are the Rijksmuseum, photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, theatre director Ivo van Hove, dj Tiësto, choreographer Hans van Manen, violinist and king of waltz André Rieu, the Van Gogh Museum and fashion designer Iris van Herpen.

Other prominent figures on the list are designers Dick Bruna, Hella Jongerius, Daan Roosegaarde, Irma Boom, Viktor and Rolf, Piet Oudolf, Studio Drift, Marcel Wanders, Jurgen Bey, Scholten & Baijings, Studio Job, DJ’s Afrojack, Hardwell and Armin van Buuren, dance companies Het Nationale Ballet and het Nederlands Dans Theater, and classical musicians including the directors Bernard Haitink, Jaap van Zweden, and Ton Koopman, composer Louis Andriessen, and violinist Janine Jansen. Architectural firms on the list include West 8, KCAP, UN Studio, Mecanoo

The Culture Top 100 was compiled by Dutch quality newspaper NRC Handelsblad and is a weighed ranking based on a mixture of authority and influence, reputation and accomplishments, turnover and credibility. A jury of ten experts selected the hundred people and organizations that contributed most to the image of the Netherlands as a country of culture. [bvl]

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