Venice Biennale

Dutch pavilion. Photo: Rob Docter

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.

For the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2019, the Mondriaan Fund invited curators and artists to submit a plan in keeping with a national presentation. A shortlist of exhibition plans were chosen by the jury, at the end of February 2018. Different from previous years, this shortlist will not be announced publicly. Selected curators and artists received a budget to elaborate their plans, which they will present to the jury in May 2018.

The jury of the Dutch entry of 2019 are: 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 without voting rights.

After the presentations the jury will chose the best plan and advice the Mondriaan Fund on the deciding of the Dutch entry of the 58th Venice Biennale.

The Vencie Biennale will be open for public on May 11th 2019.