Biographies 2013

Portrait Mark Manders, picture: Jan Kempenaers

Mark Manders (1968, Volkel, the Netherlands)
lives and works in Ronse (Belgium).

Mark Manders had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute Chicago and the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Berkeley Art Museum, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and Carillo Gil Museum of Art in Mexico City, among others. In 2008 his solo exhibition The Absence of Mark Manders attended the Kunstverein Hannover (DE), Kunsthall Bergen (NO), S.M.A.K. Ghent (BE) and Kunsthaus Zürich. In 2010 Mark Manders’ first American exhibition tour started in the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and traveled to the Aspen Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2012 a new solo exhibition Les études d’ombres, opened in Musée Carré d’Art in Nîmes and his work was on view in the international group exhibition TRACK in the city of Ghent (BE). Upcoming group shows are Silence at the Menil Collection in Houston and Window to the World. From Dürer to Mondrian and Beyond at Museo Cantonale d’Arte and Museo d’Arte in Lugano. His works are held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.

Selected books:
Room with Broken Sentence, Roma Publications, Amsterdam (2013) / Reference Book, Roma Publications, Amsterdam (2012) / Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments, Aspen Art Press and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010) / The Absence of Mark Manders, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern (2007) / Isolated Rooms, Roma Publications, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (2005 ) / Singing Sailors, Roma Publications, Amsterdam, in collaboration with Art Gallery of York University, Toronto (2002) / Several Drawings on Top of Each Other, Roma Publications, Amsterdam (2002)

Portrait Lorenzo Benedetti, picture: Jan Kempenaers.

Lorenzo Benedetti (1972, Rome, Italy)
works in Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

Lorenzo Benedetti is since 2014 director of the Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, before he was director of Art Center De Vleeshal, Middelburg, in the Netherlands. He studied Art history at La Sapienza in Rome and attended the Curatorial Programme at de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. In 2005 he founded the Sound Art Museum in Rome, a space dedicated to sound in visual art. He has been the director of the art centre Volume! in Rome and a curator at the Museum Marta Herford, in Herford, Germany. He was guest curator at La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France. He is tutor at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and writes regularly for exhibition catalogues and art magazines.

At De Vleeshal he realized exhibitions with Nedko Solakov, Jimmie Durham, Yona Friedman and Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Falke Pisano, Rossella Biscotti, Olaf Nicolai, Katinka Bock, Bojan Sarcevic, Marinus Boezem, Mandla Reuter, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Benoit Maire, Francesco Arena, Nina Beier and Marie Lund, Dove Allouche, Fernando Sanchez Castillo. The exhibition series Autumn of Modernism, The Moon Has a Complicated Geography are a survey on the contemporary Dutch art scene. At La Kunsthalle in Mulhouse, France he curated the exhibitions La Notte, The Garden of the Forking Paths and Les sculptures meurent aussi. Cabinet of Imagination was a collaborative effort with Netwerk, Aalst, Belgium, as was The Third Tiger (with Rossella Biscotti, Mark Manders and Olaf Nicolai) with Camere, RAM, Rome.

Many publications he realized for De Vleeshal are published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam. For the magazine CURA he writes the column Portraits in the Exhibition Space on Alexander Dorner, Lucy R. Lippard, Seth Siegelaub, Alfred H. Barr, Willem Sandberg, Arnold Bode and Pontus Hulten.