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Programs and events

Orientation trips

Each year, the Mondriaan Fund organizes an orientation trip for visual artists and art mediators from the Netherlands to foreign, upcoming and interesting regions. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals. The goal of this orientation travel is to extend international networks and contacts, and to stimulate the international dialogue between art professionals.

From October 21 to November 2, 2019, the destination of travel was the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) and Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore). The program consisted of visits to museums, art institutions, galleries, artist-in-residencies, artist studios, collectors’ homes and local key figures in the different cities. The journey could be followed from day to day via a special blog.

Due to the coronavirus, the orientation trip was unable to take place in 2020 and 2021. We are currently looking into the possibilities for 2022.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Al Serkal Avenue

Sameera Raja, owner of gallery Canvas.

House of Amin Gulgee

‘Body Building’ at Ishara Art Foundation

Jameel Art Centre with an art installation by Prabhakar Pachpute.

Al Serkal Avenue

Bait Al Serkal complex with work by Bani Abidi

The African Institute

The 2019 trip was organized in cooperation with Frame Contemporary Art Finland, the Danish Arts Agency and Pro Helvetia as well as in close collaboration with the Dutch embassies in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. In total, 15 people participated in the trip, including 6 participants from the Netherlands selected by the Mondriaan Fund: 2 artists and 4 mediators.

The following mediators and artists were selected for the 2019 orientation tour:

Katayoun Arian (freelance curator, researcher and writer), Pauline Burmann (independent researcher, curator and founder of the platform African Arts & Theory), Johan Gustavsson (co-director 1646 and initiator/board member The Naked), Kianoosh Motallebi (artist), Bart Rutten (artistic director Centraal Museum), Marilyn Sonneveld (artist).

Previous trips were made to South-Africa and Zimbabwe (2018), United States of America and Cuba (2017), Iran and Armenia (2016), Chile and Colombia (2015), Gwangju in Korea and Tokyo, Yokohama and the Setouchi Islands in Japan (2014), Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary (2013), Indonesia and China (2012), Mali, Senegal and Morocco (2011), Turkey, Nigeria and Mali (2010), Brazil, Argentina and Peru (2009), Bangladesh, India and the United Arab Emirates (2008), Mexico and Curaçao (2007), South Africa and Senegal (2006), China (2005), and the Middle East (2004).

Questions & contact

Questions about the Orientation trips? Please get in touch.

Haco de Ridder

senior project officer international relations Send a message