Orientation trip 2015 – Chile and Colombia

Symposium Unvealing Institutional Models in Chile and Colombia,

From 21 September until 3 October, the Mondriaan Fund is organising our annual orientation trip. For 2015, the destination is Chile and Colombia. A group of 18 intermediaries and artists from the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland will visit Santiago de Chile and Valparaiso in Chile, and Bogota and Medellin in Colombia. The trip is organized in collaboration with the Belgium Flanders Arts Institute Visual Arts, the Danish Art Agency and the Swiss Pro Helvetia.

During the trip the participants will contribute to a blog.

During recent years the art scene in both Chile and Colombia is experiencing a boom, with the opening of new art galleries, public and private museums, art fairs, biennials, cultural spaces boosted by artists, institutions dedicated to visual arts and auction houses. Year after year the work of artists, institutions and galleries from these countries is being recognized internationally, and in both countries interesting art markets are emerging. For example, the prestigious publisher Phaidon Press recently published a book entitled Art Cities of the Future: 21st-Century Avant-Gardes, in which Bogota is highlighted as one of the 12 essential cities worldwide in terms of contemporary art. Similar art booms have helped transform China and Brazil into global art hubs, so it makes sense for international curators and dealers to book trips to Chile and Colombia now. New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts and London’s Serpentine Galleries, among others, have all recently sent delegations of curators and patrons to scout art in Chile and Colombia.

The invitees of the orientation trip will be offered an overview of the most important players – institutes, museums, curators, collectors and artists – in each city. The program was compiled in collaboration with international experts, local advisors and the Dutch embassy.

The six participants from the Netherlands were selected by the Mondriaan Fund based on their motivated application. They are: Rossella Biscotti (visual artist), Madelon van Schie (curator Nectar-artprojects), Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (curator modern art Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Stephanie Noach (curator and writer), Dick Verdult (visual artist) and Rieke Vos (director Festival of Sports).