Venice Biennale

(L) Remy Jungerman, image in front: FODU. HOLDER, 2015; image at the back: INITIANDS, 2015. (R) Iris Kensmil, Rhythm of Dutch spoken Words, 2015. Foto: Gert Jan van Rooij

The Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale functions as an important podium which embraces the occasion of national representation as an opportunity to reflect on the Netherlands’ (inter)national image vis-à-vis the current rapid transformations in Dutch society. The Mondriaan Fund is responsible for the Dutch entry.

stanley brouwn, Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil selected for the Dutch Pavilion in 2019

Work of visual artists stanley brouwn (1935-2017), Remy Jungerman (1959) and Iris Kensmil (1970), brought together by Benno Tempel for a joint presentation entitled The Measurement of Presence: Body, Spirit, History, has been selected as the Dutch contribution to the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, that is to take place in 2019.
Curator Benno Tempel (director of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague) brings together the work of these three artists because they let us look at the world in a different way, each from their own artistic practice. stanley brouwn did this with a measurement system based on the body (Body), Remy Jungerman is partly nourished by what the spirits tell him (Spirit), and Iris Kensmil gives meaning to an ignored history (History). What these artists have in common besides their Surinamese descent, is the inspiration they find in the modernism and avant-garde of the previous century, which they combine in their work with elements from other traditions and positions. Together with Jungerman and Kensmil, Tempel has developed a plan in which three generations of artists present us with different visions of the notion of identity, in a presentation that offers room to reflect on our relation to the other. The jury appreciates the way in which the three artists relate to these valuable themes and considers the exhibition in the Dutch Pavilion as an appropriate recognition of their work.

The jury selected the proposal of Benno Tempel from among seventy proposals that were submitted at the beginning of this year after an open call from the Mondriaan Fund.
The jury of the Dutch entry of 2019 consists of: Carlos Amorales (artist and participant in the Dutch Pavilion in 2003 and solo-participant in the Mexican Pavilion in 2017), Zippora Elders (freelance curator and artistic director of Kunstfort Vijfhuizen), Xander Karskens (artistic director of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen and curator of the Finnish Pavilion in 2017), Mirjam Westen (conservator contemporary art in Museum Arnhem and part of the jury in 2017) and Birgit Donker (director Mondriaan Fund) as chair.

The 58th Venice Biennale will run from 11 May tot en met 24 november 2019.