During Art Rotterdam (1 to 4 February 2024) the Mondriaan Fund organised a new edition of Prospects at the Van Nelle Factory. The exhibition showed the work of 86 starting artists. All artists received a financial contribution from the Mondriaan Fund in 2022 to kickstart their career

The Mondriaan Fund organises the ‘Prospects’ exhibition each year to give the visibility of starting artists an extra boost. The proximity of Art Rotterdam gives art professionals and collectors, but also a broad group of interested parties, the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of these promising artists.

The exhibition is also an excellent opportunity to show what has been achieved in part thanks to a contribution from the Mondriaan Fund. An Artist Start contribution is intended for starting artists who have been working professionally for a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 4 years. The contribution can be used for anything related to the development of work and art practice, such as research, material, equipment and projects at home or abroad.

12th edition

86 starting and emerging artists showed their work in the Distribution Center of the Van Nelle factory. The range varies from photography to carpets, from video to paintings, and from performances to sculptures.

The campaign image of the 12th edition of Prospects is a film still and comes from the new work ‘Lose Voice Toolkit’ by Prospects participant Adele Dipasquale. The work is about children’s language, the power of silence and other forms of non-verbal communication.

The exhibition is curated by Johan Gustavsson in collaboration with curator Louise Bjeldbak Henriksen. Gustavsson is co-director at 1646, The Hague; board member of Page Not Found and teacher at the KABK. Bjeldbak Henriksen is freelance curator and researcher. She is working on several projects amongst others with the Kunstmuseum Den Haag and Museum Beelden aan Zee. Gustavsson and Bjeldbak Henriksen about the exhibition:

During the 12th edition of Prospects, visitors will encounter works by 86 talented artists. Together the works offer a compelling snapshot of the current trajectory of contemporary art in The Netherlands. We appreciate working closely with so many extraordinary artists, and while the expressions of the works vary greatly in media and form, there is a shared enthusiasm that connects these artists. This edition, the last in the iconic Van Nelle Factory, showcases many artworks that are intimate and discerning, delving into existential themes such as identity, relationships, our interconnectedness with nature and other living beings – essential elements of the human, lived experience.”

Anniversary edition Art Rotterdam 2024

Art Rotterdam celebrates its 25th edition for the last time in the iconic Rotterdam Van Nelle Factory, a UNESCO world heritage site. After 11 editions, Art Rotterdam will move to the Ahoy Rotterdam from 2025.

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