The world of author and visual artist Charlotte Mutsaers is a universe of its own. She has been surprising audiences for almost four decades with her effervescent spirit and virtuoso linguistic ability. In such contemporary classics as Rachels rokje, Zeepijn and Harnas van Hansaplast she celebrates art and life, with full awareness of death and mortality.
Mutsaers has won almost all the major literature awards and has become the grande dame of Dutch-language literature. The 2020 VUB Literature Award is the latest such addition to her CV. The prize, an initiative of the VUB-Luc Bucquoye Fonds, was awarded for the first time to Pjeroo Roobjee last year, and now it is the turn of Mutsaers. The jury praised her ‘idiosyncrasy, engagement, recalcitrance, freedom of thought and the stimulation of emotion and intellect’.
Mutsaers will be honoured during a unique evening in BOZAR. VUB rector Caroline Pauwels will deliver the laudation, after which Mutsaers will talk to Klara journalist Gudrun De Geyter about her life and work.