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Mondriaan Fund director leaves for the Nederlands Fotomuseum

Portret Birgit Donker. Foto: Paul Bellaart Portret Birgit Donker. Foto: Paul Bellaart

Birgit Donker (1965) has been appointed the new director of the Nederlands Fotomuseum. She is replacing Ruud Visschedijk who lead the institute for seventeen years. Donker is currently director of the Mondriaan Fund, the public fund for visual art and cultural heritage in the Netherlands. Prior to that, she worked for NRC Handelsblad as both editor-in-chief and art reporter.

Donker began her career at Mondriaan Fund in 2012, where she was responsible for tackling the consequences of funding cuts for heritage and particularly for the visual arts (more than thirty percent). The focus of the policy at Mondriaan Fund was visibility, collaboration and patronage. In the meantime, Donker has received more funding, partly earmarked for the talent development of artists and for cultural heritage. In recent years, Donker has also held the position of Chairwoman of Netherlands Visual Arts, the consultation forum that developed the fee guidelines for visual artists.

Chair Annelies van der Pauw of the Supervisory Board at the Mondriaan Fund: “Over the past six years, Birgit Donker has resolutely set up the new fund as the public fund for visual arts and cultural heritage. Important developments have been initiated under her leadership, such as introducing the artists’ honorarium and growing awareness of the great importance art and heritage has in our society. Another of her achievements is the success of the starters’ exhibition, ‘Prospects & Concepts’.”

Donker will begin working at the Nederlands Fotomuseum on 15 November.