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Seventy plans for the Dutch entry of the Venice Biennale in 2019

Dutch Pavilion, Photo: Rob Docter

There has been a great response to the call for the Dutch entry at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019. The Mondriaan Fund received seventy plans: sixteen exhibition plans were submitted by artists in collaboration with curators and 54 exhibition plans were submitted by curators in collaboration with artists. Two-third of the submitted plans concern solo-exhibitions. Remarkable is the number of freelance curators whom submitted a plan.

‘A successful number of plans,’ says director of the Mondriaan Fund Birgit Donker. ‘It shows that the Netherlands is home to plenty of talent. It is also wonderful how many artists responded to the call.’

The exhibition plans will be reviewed by a professional and internationally orientated jury. The jury conducts a shortlist of three plans. Different from previous years, this shortlist will not be announced publicly. Selected curators and artists will receive an invitation to elaborate their brief exhibition plan in May 2018 to the jury. For this they will receive a commission.

The jury on the Dutch entry 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.

After the presentations the jury will decide which exhibition plan according to them the most qualified is. Subsequently the jury will chose the best plan and advice the Mondriaan Fund on deciding on the definitive decision of the Dutch entry of the 58th Venice Biennale.

The Venice Biennale will open May 11th 2019 for public.