ZERO Foundation – Dusseldorf, Germany

For whom: curators and observers not over 35 years of age
For what: 2 working periods of 3 months

  • 4 September 2023 – 3 December 2023
  • 4 March 2024 – 2 June 2024

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In collaboration with the ZERO Foundation in Düsseldorf, the Mondriaan Fund offers two 3-month residencies, 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 art. 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, the Düsseldorfer Kunsthalle, the Stoschek Collection/Philara Collection/Kai 10 – private museums in Düsseldorf, and beyond such as Kunstmuseum and Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Museum Ludwig in Cologne or the well known Museum Folkwang in Essen. Real archive fans will also find more paper and files in the Artists’ Archive in Brauweiler or in the Central Archive of the German Art Trade (ZADIK).

About ZERO Foundation

The ZERO Foundation team is composed of four young, curious and enthusiastic art historians and theater people. During the residency in the second half of 2023, the curators will be able to participate in a conference on the interdisciplinary project of the “ZERO Abécédaire” with international lectures and therefore be part of our international network of researchers and curators. Several openings and exhibitions will take place during the residency program in Düsseldorf, including the DC Open which ZERO is contributing to. Due to the participation of the ZERO Foundation at the ART Cologne, the curator is invited to present the results of the residency at fairgrounds in 2023.


More information on this residency is provided during the ZERO Meet Up on February 16 2023, from 1- 5 PM at the ZERO Foundation in Duesseldorf. For more information on this event click the button below.

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 are 2 working periods available:

  • 4 September 2023 – 3 December 2023
  • 4 March 2024 – 2 June 2024

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 cost of renting the studio and living space, as well as the support that the resident receives from the ZERO Foundation, will be paid directly by the Mondriaan Fund. The remaining costs of travel, living expenses and materials for the working period is assessed at € 5.252. 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 contribution to artists based in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom can be increased to meet any higher travel costs. This is looked at per situation.


The deadline for submitting an application for the 2023 or 2024 working period is at 13 March 2023, before 17:00 PM (CET) / 12:00 PM (AST). 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.

Questions & contact

Do you have any questions about this grant? Please contact one of our employees directly.

Or call 020 523 15 23 or send an email to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay.

Veysel Yuce