Open call for Dutch entry Venice Biennale

Nederlands Paviljoen. Foto: Rob Docter Nederlands Paviljoen. Foto: Rob Docter

The Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale functions as an important podium which embraces the occasion of national representation as an opportunity to reflect on the Netherlands’ (inter)national image vis-à-vis the current rapid transformations in Dutch society. The Mondriaan Fund is responsible for the Dutch commission.

The Mondriaan Fund invites curators and artists to send in an exhibition plan for the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. Plans can be submitted by a curator together with an artist, and vice versa. The curator and the artist(s) can function as individuals but also as an collective. The exhibition plan must show the relevant transformations that are currently emerging in the contemporary Dutch art in an international context. The plan has to be layered and appeal to (professional) audience on multiple occasions. The jury chooses around May 2018 from the submissions and will decide what the Dutch contribution to the Biennale will be.

The jury for the Dutch submission of 2019 will be: Carlos Amorales (artist and participant in the Dutch Pavilion in 2003 and solo-participant in the Mexican Pavilion in 2017), Zippora Elders (freelance curator and artistic director of Kunstfort Vijfhuizen), Xander Karskens (artistic director of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen and curator of the Finnish Pavilion in 2017), Mirjam Westen (conservator contemporary art in Museum Arnhem and part of the jury in 2017) and Birgit Donker (director Mondriaan Fund) as chair without voting rights. The jury will make a shortlist of three exhibition plans. This shortlist won’t be announced publicly.

Submitting as curator or artist?

Curators and artists can submit their exhibition plans until January 31st 2018 by letter that includes a CV and a brief exhibition plan (maximum of two A4) at The plan has to consist of a summary of the concept of the intended presentation, including a curatorial statement, a motivated shortlist of the intended artist(s) and brief explanation considering the approach and planning of the realization of the exhibition plan. All information has to be submitted in English.

The jury conducts a shortlist of three plans. The selected curators and artists will receive the invitation to elaborate their brief exhibition plan in May 2018 to the jury. For this they will receive a commission of 4.000 euro including BTW. Subsequently the jury will chose the best plan and advice the Mondriaan Fund on deciding on the definitive decision of the Dutch commission of the 58th Venice Biennale.

Important dates selection procedure in 2018

January 31st: submission of a brief exhibition plan
End of February: invitation shortlist for elaboration of the exhibition plan
April the 30th: submission of the elaborate exhibition plan
Beginning of May: presentation of elaborate exhibition plan to the jury