Opening Prospects & Concepts: over 2.600 visitors
On Wednesday the 10th of February, visual artist Folkert de Jong opened the exhibition Prospects & Concepts during Art Rotterdam. Over 2.600 people visited the opening night. The fourth edition of this exhibition wherein the Mondriaan Fund presents young talent, will be open to the public from the 11th to the 14th of February, in the Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam. The exhibition presents work by 54 visual artists who received a Talent Development Grant in 2014 in order to start their careers. Prospects & Concepts is curated by Noor Mertens, curator Modern and Contemporary Art & City Collection at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
In accordance with previous years, Tom Postma Design is responsible for the exhibition design of Prospects & Concepts 2016, and the graphics are designed by Team Thursday.
Emmanuel Adjei & Marleen Özgür – Goeun Bae – Silvia Bakker – Sohrab Bayat – Maarten Boswijk – Kim David Bots – Deniz Buga – Doris Denekamp – Valentina Desideri – Miriam Donkers – Tanja Engelberts – Anne Geene – Dimitar Genchev – Theun Govers – Sarah Grothus – Meinke ten Have – Susan van Hengstum – Menno Hiele – Michiel Hilbrink – Roos Holleman – Anne Huijnen – Alexandra Hunts – Susanna Inglada – Thijs Jansen – Paul de Jong – Jakob de Jonge – Catinka Kersten – Ingmar König – Susan Kooi – Maurits Koster – Peter de Krom – Charl Landvreugd – Johannes Langkamp – Ola Lanko – Pia Louwerens – Jonas Lund – Silvia Martes – Lana Mesic – Kaweh Modiri – Malou van der Molen – Natalia Ossef – Jaya Pelupessy – Willem Popelier – Pieter van der Schaaf – Nicoline Timmer – Diego Tonus – Sarka Vancurova – Dieke Venema – Loek van Vliet – Jiska de Vries – Marleine van der Werf – Ran Zhang – Corine Zomer
The exhibition will present work from a range of disciplines – from paintings to installations, from photography to performances; from as of yet unknown talent to artists who have already completed several widely discussed projects. Noor Mertens purposely avoided attempts to make a coherent whole of the exhibition. She views Prospects & Concepts as a manifestation of diverse individual presentations, whereby the work of every visual artist is shown in its own context. This batch includes a striking number of photographers and painters. Most photographers take a documentary type approach. Others play around with the medium of photography more, like for instance Tanja Engelberts, Anne Huijnen, Ola Lanko and Jaya Pelupessy. There are ‘classical’ painters such as Dimitar Genchev, Theun Govers, Thijs Jansen, Jakob de Jonge and Natalia Ossef, who reflect minimally on the medium of painting. Others, such as Kim David Bots, Paul de Jong and Ran Zhang, relativize painting traditions, and their styles go beyond painting. Furthermore, there are visual artists who focus on video or longer film, and artists who have more hybrid practices, such as Jonas Lund, Susan Kooi and Charl Landvreugd.
Publication and side program
At the exhibition a publication will be presented, containing interviews of all the artists, carried out by the curator. This publication can be obtained at the Van Nellefabriek. During the exhibition the Mondriaan Fund organises an accompanying program. This will include daily guided tours, artist talks by visual artists and former commissioner Luuk Wilmering and curator Noor Mertens, a book presentation with Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil and an informative gathering for artists who are starting out in their careers.
The Mondriaan Fund organises the Prospects & Concepts exhibition annually in order to boost the visibility of emerging artists. The collaboration with Art Rotterdam makes it possible for not just art professionals and collectors, but a broader number of interested individuals to become acquainted with the work of these promising artists. Moreover, the exhibition is a perfect opportunity to present the work produced thanks, in part, to a contribution from the Mondriaan Fund.