ZERO Foundation – Dusseldorf, Germany

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For whom: curators, observers not over 35 years of age
For what: 1 six-month working period
When: 1 September 2022 – 28 February 2023
Application deadline: 5:00 PM, 2 May 2022

In collaboration with the ZERO Foundation in Düsseldorf, the Mondriaan Fund offers a six-month residency, specifically focused on curators and art observers who have been professionally active for at least one year and are not over 35 years of age.

For this residency, set up by the Mondriaan Fund in collaboration with the ZERO Foundation in Düsseldorf, arts researchers and independent curators are invited to submit a working plan that engages with contemporary visual arts in a way compatible with the vision of the ZERO Foundation. In the 1950s, a group of young artists came together in their shared search for radically new ways of making art with an optimistic, experimental and innovative attitude. In 1957, Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker and Otto Piene began ZERO. In the Netherlands, for example, it inspired the Nul-group, which included Armando, Jan Henderikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and Herman de Vries. The results of the ZERO residency are made known by way of a presentation, lecture or other form of public programme. The development of the practice of the researcher or curator is central, while additional interchange between the Netherlands and Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW), in whatever form that might take, is encouraged.

The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen is Germany’s most densely populated region and, thanks to its industry, one of Germany’s most important innovative and economic driving forces. Including such artistic centres as Kunstsammlung NRW, K21, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Museum Folkwang, Museum Ludwig, Marta Herford, Dortmunder U, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Stoschek Collection and the various Kunstverein art associations, NRW boasts an outstanding artistic infrastructure.

For whom

The residency at ZERO can be applied for by curators and art observers who have been professionally active for at least two years and are no more than 35 years old. It is important that the resident has a basic working knowledge of the German language.

Working period

There is a single working period available:

  • 1 September 2022 – 28 February 2023

The dates of this working period are conditional and subject to change, for example, as a result of the effects of Covid-19.

How much

The costs of renting the studio and living space and the support the resident receives from the ZERO foundation are paid directly to the ZERO Foundation by the Mondriaan Fund. The remaining costs of travel, living expenses and materials for the working period is assessed at €9,378. This amount is for one person. Residents are expected to contribute 10%, this contribution is settled by the Mondriaan Fund.

If a duo or a collaborative partnership is selected for the residency, these amounts increase proportionally to cover travel and living costs for the second resident.


The deadline for submitting an application for the 2022-2023 working period is at 5:00 PM CET on 2 May 2022. For more information, please contact Veysel Yuce at irlfry.lhpr@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay, or 020-5231565.

A grant for this residency can only be applied for during the annual Mondriaan Fund selection round, as announced on the Mondriaan Fund website. Read the explanations of the terms and conditions, assessment and application procedure before submitting your application. Also read the general terms and conditions that apply to all Mondriaan Fund grants.

General terms and conditions


The advisory committee selects the candidates on the basis of the documents they receive. A representative of the ZERO Foundation sits on that committee, and for this reason, the applications are submitted in English. Based on the documentation received, this committee proposes candidates to ZERO. ZERO will ultimately select the final candidates for their residencies.

Other grants for residencies in the Netherlands and other countries
Because only 1 or 2 residents can be selected for any given residency at each selection round, many applicants will be disappointed. We therefore point out that you can also apply for an Artist Project with a residency at a different location. That Artist Project residency location may not be one of those already being offered in the Mondriaan Fund application round.

Vragen & contact

Vragen over deze regeling? Neem direct contact op met een medewerker van het Mondriaan Fonds.

Of bel 020 523 15 23 of mail naar vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Veysel Yuce