The Dutch presence in Venice
This summer, art from the Netherlands will be on display at various locations in Venice. First, on 10 May at noon, Secretary Bussemaker will open the Cinema Olanda exhibition, the Dutch entry for the 57th Venice Biennale. At the invitation of the Mondriaan Fund, artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh and curator Lucy Cotter present an architectural installation in the Rietveld Pavilion, in which three works are integrated, one of which is Van Oldenborgh’s new film, Cinema Olanda.
Apart from the Dutch entry, other Dutch artists and curators are also present in several country pavilions with a grant by the Mondriaan Fund. The Finnish pavilion shows the installation The Aalto Natives by artists Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen, with Xander Karskens (artistic director, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen) as its curator. The two artists met during a residency at the Amsterdam Rijksakademie. Karskens has worked with Nissinen and Mellors before, at De Hallen in Haarlem; this museum has works of both artists in its collection. The Aalto Natives focuses on the clichés surrounding Finnish history and its national identity.
In the Antarctic pavilion, Sybren Renema participates in an exhibition, for which he created the video work Discovery and the sculpture Great God! This is an awful place. The international main exhibition, VIVA ARTE VIVA, under the curatorship of Christine Macel (France), presents (amongst others) work by Sebastián Díaz Morales, who lives and works in the Netherlands.
The Mondriaan Fund has contributed to the presentations by Nathaniel Mellors and Erkka Nissinen, with an International Presentations Grant. Sebastián Díaz Morales and Sybren Renema received a Project Grants for Artists.
Furthermore, at vap992_ Philip Schütte presents his SUN project, which he created especially for the Prospects & Concepts emerging artists’ exhibition of the Mondriaan Fund, which took place last February at Art Rotterdam. Schütte is fascinated by the psychological, physical and social impact of the digital world on mankind. He wants to contribute to the reconciliation between man and algorithmic materialism. His work will be on show until 25 June (Fondamenta Sant’Anna, 992).
Finally, during the preview days from 10 to 12 May, Dropstuff.nl presents a media art project on the quay near Arsenale boat stop: The Fair Grounds. This installation consists of six ‘kiddy rides’ in the colours of ‘De Stijl’, placed behind one another. Visitors can take a seat wearing virtual reality glasses and travel like a mass tourist in a rollercoaster from Venice to Amsterdam.