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Lorenzo Benedetti and Mark Manders at Venice Biennale

The Mondriaan Fund has selected the presentation ‘Room with Broken Sentence’ by curator Lorenzo Benedetti (1972) and visual artist Mark Manders (1968) as the Dutch entry for the 55th Venice Biennale that will take place in 2013. The Mondriaan Fund has followed the advice of a jury that chose the Benedetti and Manders plan from four shortlisted proposals.

The plan by Benedetti and Manders was selected first of all because Manders is an outstanding and prominent artist, whose consistent way of working has led to an impressive oeuvre that will also attract considerable interest in the international field in Venice. The Benedetti and Manders plan is also visually strong, it has different layers and will bring a lot of special energy to the Rietveld Pavilion.

According to the jury the proposed works by Manders collectively form a coherent whole, well representing the fantastic aspects of his oeuvre. All works combine a certain mystery with tremendous visual appeal. Manders’ use of materials, in which nothing is what it seems (epoxy looks like clay, clay becomes brass and brass seems to be wood), enhances this mysterious visual impact.

The jury is convinced that the Manders/Benedetti duo ensure a strong presentation in Venice next year, which will contribute to the international appreciation of Dutch contemporary art.

Lorenzo Benedetti, since 2008 director of the SBKM/De Vleeshal at Middelburg, is a curator who has demonstrated that he has a beautiful way of presenting works. It is clear that Mark Manders has every faith in him and that they inspire each other.

‘It’s fantastic to be able to represent the Netherlands in Venice and it is a great honour to be allowed to create an exhibition in Gerrit Rietveld’s beautiful pavilion’. (Lorenzo Benedetti)

The other three shortlisted proposals were: ‘Where the heart is’, by Sacha Bronwasser, Peter van Hoof and Guido van der Werve; ‘Ourhouse Year Zero’ by Xander Karskens and Nathaniel Mellors; ‘Room with Broken Sentence’ by Lorenzo Benedetti and Mark Manders; and ‘The Road to Serfdom, the Imperial Overstretch’ by Sue-an van der Zijpp, Mark Wilson and Folkert de Jong. The jury was impressed with the quality and energy of all four plans.

The jury members were Hester Alberdingk Thijm (director of AkzoNobel Art Foundation), Defne Ayas (director of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam), Jan Debbaut (freelance Curator and former director of Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and director of Collections at Tate Museums, London), Rein Wolfs (director of the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany). Chairperson without a vote was Birgit Donker, director of the Mondriaan Fund.

The Mondriaan Fund is responsible for the Dutch entry to the Venice Biennale. For this 55th edition the Mondriaan Fund inaugurated an open call to curators to submit a brief plan suitable for this stately event. Birgit Donker, director of the Mondriaan Fund: ‘The fact that 79 curators answered our call is fantastic and shows the great wealth of ideas ‘in the field’.’ It demonstrates that this open call was effective.
The Biennale takes place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.Jury report Dutch entry 55th Venice Biennale

Jury report Dutch entry 55th Venice Biennale