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Dutch Pavilion open

On May 29th, Minister Bussemaker opened in the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale the exhibition Room with Broken Sentence, of the Dutch artist Mark Manders and curator Lorenzo Benedetti.

The larger installations developed specially for the Rietveld pavilion reveal significant new aspects of the artist’s formal and conceptual vocabulary.

Working Table 2012-2013 / painted epoxy, painted wood, painted canvas, iron, offset print on paper / 368 x 142 x 225 cm Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery Photo: Jan Kempenaers

Manders’ use of materials, in which nothing is what it seems (epoxy looks like clay, clay becomes bronze and bronze seems to be wood), enhances this enigmatic visual impact. In an interview Manders stated that he always tests  a work that he has just finished in a supermarket.

Fox / Mouse / Belt 1992 / painted bronze, belt / 15 x 120 x 40 cm Photo: Jan Kempenaers

2013 is a special year for the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale, as it celebrates both a 100th and a 60th anniversary. The Netherlands may have been present since the start of the Biennale, but only from 1913 onwards in their own exhibition space and since 1953 in the present pavilion designed by the great Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld. The selection of Mark Manders places him in direct confrontation with Rietveld, whose Modernist pavilion is one of the architectural jewels of the Giardini of the Biennale. The result will be a dialogue between two Dutchmen: a Modernist architect and an artist who, a child of his time, sets out to decipher the enigmatic temporal dimension of our age and create a parallel, autonomous one of his own.

Installation Mark Manders, Room with Broken Sentence, Dutch pavilion, Venice 2013 From l. to r: Working Table (2012-2013); Closet (1989-2013); Mind Study (2010-2011) Photo: Jan Kempenaers  Window with Fake Newspapers 2005-2013 / offset print on paper, cellotape

AVRO Dutch television
AVRO television followed Mark Manders and Lorenzo Benedetto during the opening of Room with Broken Sentence. The next episode of ‘Kunstuur’ is on Saturday June 1st at 5 pm (Ned2). The final episode will aired on June 8th.

Entitled Room with Broken Sentence, a fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. This publication will have an unique character, the large number of contributions creating an interesting multiple perspective on the work of Manders. The catalogue will be published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam (ISBN 978 90 77459 96 6 ).

Round-table discussion
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 Venice.

Mondriaan Fund
The Mondriaan Fund has been responsible for the Dutch presence at the Venice Biennale since 1996. This year the entry was determined through a juried open call; 82 proposals were submitted from which the Manders & Benedetti plan was selected.

The Biennale will take place from June 1st till November 24th 2013.
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