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Eelco van der Lingen new director of the Mondriaan Fund

Eelco van der Lingen. Foto: Hein van Liempd Eelco van der Lingen. Foto: Hein van Liempd

As from 1 March 2019, Eelco van der Lingen (1971) will be the director of the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch fund for visual art and cultural heritage. Van der Lingen is currently curator of contemporary and modern art at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden.

Previously, Van der Lingen established presentation institute Nest in The Hague, and he was director and curator there until 2017. He was guest curator at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen and at TENT in Rotterdam, amongst others. Furthermore, he was reporter at Trendbeheer and editor-in-chief at Jegens & Tevens on behalf of Stroom Den Haag.

Annelies van der Pauw, chair of the Mondriaan Fund supervisory board, is pleased with the appointment of Van der Lingen. “In Eelco we have found a director who, in an enthusiastic and inspiring way and with an open attitude, will be able to further shape the future policy of the Mondriaan Fund, both from the perspective of the maker and that of the institute.”

Eelco van der Lingen about his appointment: “Within the Mondriaan Fund, the care for heritage comes together with the care for the art of today. Heritage shows us where we come from. Art offers us perspectives on who we are or can be. Who are ‘we’? – That is rightly a point of particular interest, currently. The Mondriaan Fund is here for everybody and I hope that we can give more people the feeling that they, too, are part of ‘we’. I look forward to further contributing, together with the team of the Mondriaan Fund, to a vital future for visual art and cultural heritage.”

The Mondriaan Fund, on behalf of the Dutch citizens and by order of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, contributes to special projects of visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage institutes, presentation institutes, archives, galleries and commissioners in the Netherlands and abroad, at those places where the market doesn’t do this (yet).

Eelco van der Lingen takes over from Birgit Donker who led the fund for six years.