Programs and events

Orientation trips

The Mondriaan Fund organizes an annual orientation trip for visual artists, curators and art mediators in the field of visual art to foreign regions that offer interesting opportunities for discovery. The purpose of these trips is to provide an overview of contemporary art scene in the country in question, to meet the local key figures and to introduce participants to the possibilities of exchange. By doing so international collaboration and dialogue between visual arts professionals is stimulated.

Casa Sola, Panama City.

The orientation trips have been organized since 2004. In October 2023 the trip went to Central America: Costa Rica (San José), Guatemala (Guatemala City, Antigua, San Pedro La Laguna & Comalapa), El Salvador (San Salvador) and Panama (Panama City).

The programme consists of visits to museums, art institutions, galleries, artist-in-residencies, artist studios, collectors’ homes and local key figures in the different cities.

In 2023 year the trip was organised in cooperation with the Danish Arts Foundation, the Norwegian OCA and the Swiss Pro Helvetia.

Artists, curators and art mediators could apply for the trip. The Mondriaan Fund selected 2 artists and 4 curators and art mediators to participate in the trip:

  • Arash Fakim (artist)
  • Eugenie Boon (artist)
  • Heske ten Cate (director Nest, The Hague)
  • Rita Ouédraogo (curator Buro Stedelijk, Amsterdam)
  • Roos Gortzak (director Vleeshal, Middelburg)
  • Valentijn Byvanck (director Marres, Maastricht)


The participants of the orientation trip have been keeping a blog since 2009. On the blog you can follow the journey from day to day.

Previous trips

Previous trips were made to Central-America (2023), Spain and Portugal (2022), the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan (2019), 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

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