The Mondriaan Fund’s request for proposals for the Dutch entry to the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale has received a wide response. 68 proposals were submitted by curators and curator collectives. Along with freelancers, curators and directors of various museums, presentation spaces and art initiatives also entered proposals. Proposals for solo versus group presentations are evenly balanced.
The director of the Mondriaan Fund, Birgit Donker, considers this a good harvest of promising proposals. It highlights (demonstrates) the amount of talent and ambition in the Netherlands, and selecting the very best plan will be a considerable task for the jury, she added.
The proposals will be evaluated by an internationally oriented jury of experts, who will submit a selected shortlist of no more than 5 by the end of February. The selected curators will be assigned a budget with which to further elaborate their plan, and will present their plans to the jury at the end of May.
The jury consists of Lorenzo Benedetti (curator, e.g. Nederlands Paviljoen in Venice 2013), Nathalie Hartjes (director showroom MAMA), Aernout Mik (artist, participant in e.g. exhibitions in the Nederlands Paviljoen in 1997 and 2007) and Mirjam Westen (curator of contemporary art Museum Arnhem). Birgit Donker is chairperson, with no right of vote.
The jury members will select the most suitable plan after the presentations, and will subsequently formulate their choice of curator of the Dutch entry for the Mondriaan Fund. The Venice Biennale opens on May 13, 2017.