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The Netherlands, an overwhelming presence in Venice!

This summer, artists from the Netherlands will present their work at various locations in Venice during the 55th Venice Biennale. This is proof of the excellent quality of art from the Netherlands and the strong international position enjoyed by artists from the Netherlands.

Dutch pavilion
The Dutch exhibition at the Pavilion at Giardini displays Room with Broken Sentence, by visual artist Mark Manders and curator Lorenzo Benedetti.

Other pavilions
Gabriel Lester’s work is included in two group exhibitions in the Arsenale, in both the Cypriot pavilion and the Lithuanian pavilion. The Italian pavilion, which is also located in the Arsenale, is presenting a group exhibition entitled Vice Versa, which includes work by Francesca Grilli, among others. In the Giardini, Stefanos Tsivopoulos has a solo exhibition in the Greek pavilion, Lara Almarcegui is representing Spain, and Rossela Biscotti, Steve McQueen, Melvin Moti, Viviane Sassen and Erik van Lieshout are all part of the international, main exhibition, Il Palazzo Enciclopedico (The Encyclopedic Palace), curated by the Biennale’s Italian director, Gioni Massimiliano.

‘Collateral events’
Artists from the Netherlands are also included in the ‘collateral events’. Ahmet Ögüt can be seen in The Future Generation Art Prize@Venice 2013 in Palazzo Contarini Polignac and work by Dora Garcia is on display in The Joycean Society in Punch Space. The Francois Pinault collection is also displaying work by Marlene Dumas, in Punta della Dogana. In Fondazione Prada there is a reconstruction of the spectacular exhibition Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form, by Italian art historian, critic and curator Germano Celant. Jan Dibbets, Marinus Boezem, Ger van Elk and others are represented in this exhibition, which was originally put together by Harald Szeemann in 1969.

On Thursday 30 May from 9 to 11 a.m., the Mondriaan Fund and the Dutch Embassy in Rome are organising The Netherlands – Italy, a round-table discussion about the exchange between Dutch and Italian artists and curators of different generations, both from a historical and contemporary perspective. Participants include: Rossella Biscotti and Giorgio Andreotta Calò (Italian artists working in the Netherlands), Gianfranco Maraniello (director of Museo d’Arte Moderna in Bologna and curator of a number of major exhibitions featuring Dutch artists), Jan Dibbets and Remco Torenbosch (Dutch artists) and Lorenzo Benedetti (curator of the Dutch submission). Moderator: Ann Demeester, director of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. Location: Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Calle del Fruttariol, 2893.

Also on 30 May is the short yet powerful presentation of the new, international art show Call of the Mall, in a café on Giardini della Biennale, from 6 to 7 p.m., InParadiso. Curator Maaike Lauwaert discusses with Christian Jankowski, Bik Van der Pol, Gabriel Lester and Wilfredo Prieto the work that they made in the Hoog Catharijne shopping mall and Utrecht Central station.

In conclusion, Dropstuff.nl, in collaboration with Unseen, will be presenting a number of interesting projects by young Dutch photographers on two public screens from 27 May through 8 June.