7-10 February – Curators Program in collaboration with Art Rotterdam
In collaboration with Art Rotterdam the Mondriaan Fund has invited a group of curators from different countries to participate in this year’s curators program during the 20th Art Rotterdam art fair between 7 and 10 February 2019. The visit includes a VIP viewing of Art Rotterdam, special visits and guided tours to important cultural institutions and contemporary art centres in Rotterdam and Utrecht as well as a number of social and professional networking events, specially hosted parties and dinners. The exhibition Prospects & Concepts, organized by the Mondriaan Fund in the old distribution center of the Van Nellefabriek, is part of the art fair. The exhibition presents work by almost 67 visual artists who received a Stipendium for Emerging Artists in 2016 in order to start their careers.
For this edition, the Mondriaan Fund invited Macha Roesink to curate the exhibition.
Theo Mario Coppola
Curator and art critic. He lives and works in Paris, France
He is a graduate of Sciences Po Toulouse and has a master’s degree (Master II) in Political Sociology of Representations and Cultural Expertises. From 2016 to 2018, he has taught political sociology and international relations at Sciences Po Toulouse.
From 2017 to 2018, he has launched and directed Collezione Taurisano, private collection in Naples.
He is vice-chair at C-E-A, French association of curators and represent the association at CIPAC, contemporary art professionals association. In Paris, he is also head curator of art residence project Primo Piano & Intermezzo (Baha Görkem Yalım in 2018, Gaetano Cunsolo in 2017).
As an independent curator and art critic, Théo-Mario Coppola has led projects in France and internationally among which Villa Pazza at Villa Medici (2018, Rome), Of Encounters and Other Collective Readings, Carlos Alfonso, Galerie Paris-Beijing (2018, Paris) Great Expectations, Amalia Ulman (2015, Venice), Anaxagore, Enzo Mianes, Galerie mor charpentier (2016, Paris), Le Paradis, un peu plus loin, Galerie dix9 (2016, Paris), Tongue Story, Charlie Malgat, SARDINE, (2017, New York), In Translation, Pracownia Portretu (2017, Lodz), Là-Bas, Glassbox (2017, Paris), Freak Park, Villa Belleville (2017, Paris), and also HOTEL EUROPA an ongoing project including two past exhibitions, Europe as a concept, as a project, as a community in 2017 in Vilnius, and Continent des Anecdotes at Galerie Félix Frachon in 2018 in Brussels.
Coppola was curator of the white night at Villa Medici in Rome (25th of October 2018) with VILLA PAZZA, a unique curatorial project gathering artists, art historian, musicians, architects, designers and writers (Rebecca Digne, Lola Gonzàles, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Riccardo Venturi among others). In 2019, Théo-Mario Coppola will collaborate with Nathalie Talec and Fabrice Hubert at the occasion of their exhibition Coup de Foudre at Espace Electra, Fondation EDF in Paris. In June 2019, he will be in a writing residency at Casa Lu, Mexico City, Mexico.
Coppola writes for art magazines such as Crash Magazine, Demain Dès l’Aube, Flash Art.
Nadine Droste (7-9)
Director of Bielefelder Kunstverein (from March 2019), Germany
She studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) Hamburg and graduated in Curatorial Studies at the Goethe University Frankfurt and the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste –Städelschule. Droste co-curated the performance and film program “Hélio Oiticica at Palmengarten” (2013) in cooperation with the Museum MMK für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main. From 2014 to 2016 she worked at the Kunstverein in Hamburg and co-curated the exhibition series “I, Too, Wondered Whether I Could Not Sell Something And Succeed In Life“ (2015) and the group exhibition “In Spring, Darling“ (2014). Together with Nick Oberthaler, she founded the exhibition space VIS in Hamburg and presented exhibitions by Inga Danysz, Melanie Ebenhoch, Marius Engh, Manuela Gernedel and Fiona Mackay, Barbara Kapusta, Alice Peragine, Manfred Pernice, Ramaya Tegegne and Torben Wessel as well as interventions by Marie Cool Fabio Balducci, Roman Barkow, Beatriz Olabarrieta and Gerwald Rockenschaub (all in 2018).
Director and curator of the Giuliani Foundation for contemporary art, Rome, Italy
Adrienne Drake is a curator working primarily with emerging and mid-career international artists. In the production of exhibitions, events and books she investigates the realms of collaboration, authorship, the autonomy of the art object, and alternative modes of interpretation and display.
As founding director and curator, she is currently responsible for the vision and direction of Fondazione Giuliani in Rome, a private non-profit foundation dedicated to a programme that emphasises new artistic production and the exploration of multiple or tangential aspects of an artist’s practice. Since the Foundation’s inception in 2010, she has curated numerous solo exhibitions, including artists Will Benedict, Mircea Cantor, N. Dash, Michael Dean, Alicja Kwade, Benoît Maire, Ahmet Ögüt, Nora Schultz, Oscar Tuazon and Guido van der Werve, in addition to group shows, performances, and off-site projects.
She also curates independently, favouring a working methodology of collaboration and the opening up of non-traditional approaches to curatorial and artistic practice. In 2016 she co-founded Magic Lantern Film Festival, a semi-annual thematic investigation of the interstice between visual art and cinema. Selected past projects also include High Noon, l’Accademia delle belle arti, Rome; Wetlands Hero, CNEAI Centre national édition art image, Chatou, France; Red Swan Hotel, MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; Despite Our Differences, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris.
Since 2011 she is an Arts and Humanities Advisor at the American Academy in Rome.
In collaboration with the embassy of the Netherlands in Italy.
Curator based in London and in 2019 appointed as Assistant Curator, Displays at Tate Britain, UK
In this new position at Tate he will be involved in the development of trans-historical displays that resonate with current socio-political phenomena in the country.
His most recent exhibition RE:Collecting, on show until April 2019 in Museum Singer, the Netherlands, explores the turbulent histories behind artworks that were acquired to be part of corporate collections. The project, initiated together with co-curator Hélène Webers, has been awarded the bi-annual Curatorial Prize of VBCN, the Foundation for Corporate Collections in The Netherlands.
Recently, Mels held the position of Exhibition Organiser at the Barbican Art Gallery, and was part of the curatorial team of the 2016 Liverpool Biennial. He developed new commissions across the city of Liverpool with artists such as Lucy Beech, Mark Leckey, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Betty Woodman.
Previous independent projects include Maria Hassabi in the Context of Amsterdam, 2015 (staged at the Stedelijk Museum and Veem House for Performance), Rumour Has It, 2014 (Marres, Maastricht) and Precious Burns, 2013 (Fons Welters Gallery). In addition, Mels is Collaborative Curator of the alternative London-based residency 11:11 which has hosted several artists from the Netherlands.
Curator at Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Nose Yoko was born in 1971 in Okayama and currently works in Aichi Prefecture. Exhibitions she has curated: Feature Exhibition: Kodai Nakahara (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2001); Gardens (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2006); Florescendo: Brasil-Japão O seu lugar(Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2008); Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan (Bangkok Art and Culture Center, 2009. Organized by the Japan Foundation), Junya Ishigami: Another Scale of Architecture (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2010); Antigravity (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2013); Hiroshi Sugito: Particles and Release (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2016); and Building Romance (Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, 2018). She is a frequent contributor to the monthly art magazine Bijutsu Techo and webzine Artscape.
In collaboration with the embassy of the Netherlands in Japan.
Director Mrac Occitanie Pyrénées / méditerranée, France
Sandra Patron has been the director of Mrac Occitanie in Sérignan since 2014, where she has curated solo exhibitions of Simon Starling, Lubaina Himid, Mariana Castillo Deball, Neil Beloufa, Ulla Von Brandenburg, and Pierre Leguillon among others. She is actually vice-president of airdemidi, the regional network of contemporary art in Occitanie, and in 2018 she was part of the jury who selected the artist for the French Pavilion 2019 (Laure Prouvost). From 2013 to 2015 she was President of d.c.a – the national network of French art centers and from 2012 to 2015 she was a member of the acquisition committee of National Contemporary Art Fund (FNAC). From 2007 to 2014, she has held the art centre Le Parc Saint Léger where she has developed an intensive residency and production program within the region of Burgundy. From 1999 to 2014, she has runned the residency program Triangle France settled at Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, where she has developed a program of international residencies in Barcelona (Hangar), London (Gasworks) and Hamburg (Künstlerhaus). Apart from these positions, she has curated some free-lance exhibitions, like in CAC, Vilnius, Lituania, CentrePasquart in Biel, Switzerland or Red District, Los Angeles.
In collaboration with the embassy of the Netherlands in France.
Cristiano Raimondi (6-10)
Head of Development and International Projects at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
Since the opening of Villa Paloma in 2010, he has co-curated the exhibitions La Carte d’après Nature (2010) with Thomas Demand and Oceanomania (2011) with Mark Dion. He also curated Erik Bulatov Paintings and Drawings 1966-2013 (2013), Gilbert & George Art Exhibition (2014) and, along with Marie-Claude Beaud and Celia Bernasconi Construire une Collection (2014) while ensuring the scientific coordination for Richard Artschwager! (2014). In 2015 he co-curated the exhibition Fausto Melotti with Eva Fabbris and more recently curated Villa Marlene a project by Francesco Vezzoli at Villa Sauber as well as Thomas Demand’s exhibition in Villa Paloma’s Project Space and the presentation of Oscar Murillo’s meet me! Mr. Superman with Suad Garayeva-Maleki, with whom he curated in 2016 an off-site project by Mike Nelson, Cloak, in UBS’ Monaco building. In 2017 he curated Poïpoï, une Collection Privée à Monaoco and co-curated Hercule Florence, Le Nouveau Robinson with Linda Fregni Nagler.
Joanna Sokolowska (6-10)
Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland
Her interests include contemporary art that resonates with feminist practices, and the transformation of the ecological and economic imagination. Selected exhibitions: For Beyond that Horizon Lies Another Horizon, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, 2017; Exercises in Autonomy: Tamás Kaszás featuring Anikó Loránt (ex-artists’ collective), Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2016; All Men Become Sisters, Muzeum Sztuki, 2015/16; Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin. Facts, Incidents, Accidents, Circumstances, Situations (co-curated with Magdalena Ziółkowska, Muzeum Sztuki, 2013)Workers Leaving the Workplace, Muzeum Sztuki, 2011; Another City, Another Life (co-curated with Benjamin Cope), Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw, 2008. She is author of essays and articles on politics of contemporary art and recently edited the book All Men Become Sisters co-published by Sternberg Press focusing on aesthetic strategies of feminism since the 1970s in relation to labor, social reproduction and ecology.
Lilou Vidal (7-10)
Independent curator based in Brussels and Turin and founder and director of the non-profit organization Bureau des Réalités (Brussels)
As an independent curator she was recently invited to curate the monographic exhibitions of Guy Mees at Kunsthalle Wien in Austria and Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2019-2018) and edit the publications Guy Mees, The Weather is Quiet Cool and Soft, (Sternberg Press) and The Lost Space (Paraguay – Mu.ZEE); as well the upcoming solo exhibition of the italian artist and publisher Ezio Gribaudo at Etablissement d’en face, Brussels and series of group exhibitions as the nomadic ongoing project “Displacement” at Independent in Brussels, Franco Noero in Residence Space in Turin or the group exhibition “Pélamide” at Gladstone Gallery New York – Brussels from 2017 to 2018.
She collaborates regularly with non-profit institutions and has curated series of shows, lectures, screenings, and the edition of publications.
She has worked at Kunsthalle Wien as a curator in residency from 2013 to 2014 in Austria. She was founder and director of Galerie VidalCuglietta from 2010 to 2013 in Brussels. She studied Art History and taught the Actuality of the Arts at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre (ENSAV) in Brussels. She is member of the IKT (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art) and participates frequently to lecture programs and juries.
Ellen De Wachter
Writer and curator based in London, UK
She is a frequent contributor to Frieze magazine, and her writing has featured in exhibition catalogues and publications such as The White Review, Art Monthly, Art Quarterly, World of Interiors, Mousse, Garage, Elephant, The Quietus, Art Review, Flash Art International and on BBC Radio 4.
Her book ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’, published by Phaidon, explores the phenomenon of collaboration in the visual arts and its potential in society at large.
De Wachter currently teaches at Central Saint Martins and London College of Communication, and has taught at the Royal College of Art, Royal Academy Schools, Goldsmiths College, Brighton University, Newcastle University among other places.
In 2013-15 she was Curator of Public Collection Development at the Contemporary Art Society, where she was responsible for CAS’s acquisitions scheme for museums across the UK. Prior to that, she worked at various arts organisations in London, including the Barbican Art Gallery and the British Museum.
On February 9 2019 Ellen De Wachter held talk in respons to her book: Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration (2017) in the Workspace as part of the Prospects & Concepts exhibition at Art Rotterdam.