Lecture by Mark Manders in SMBA

auditorium open at 7:30 p.m.

4 October 2010

A person, a chair, a table and a cat: together these everyday elements freeze into a mysterious installation. The interpretation is up to the viewer. On Monday evening, 4 October, the artist Mark Manders, winner of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Art Prize for 2010, will speak about his work in Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam. The lecture is entitled “A Place Where My Thoughts Are Frozen Together”. The lecture is organised by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with SMBA.

Manders, an artist in Arnhem and Ronse, in Flanders, is chiefly known for his installations, for which he uses a wide variety of materials: wood, iron, plastic, rope, sand, paper, and even tea bags. He assembles mysterious compositions from these familiar elements and objects. He also produces drawings, sculptures, films and poems. His work is a reflection of his own ideas and meditations. Manders himself regards his work as one whole, as his ‘self-portrait as a building’, in which his thoughts are frozen.

On 23 September, 2010, Manders was awarded the Dr. A.H. Heineken Art Prize. He received the prize for the consistent way in which he has been able to create an intriguing personal world with visual language, which leaves full scope for free association and fixes itself in the memory. The prize is comprised of a cash sum of 50,000 Euro and an artwork. The Heineken Art Prize is financed by the Alfred Heineken Fund Foundation.

About Mark Manders

After his training at the Graphic School in Arnhem, Mark Manders (b. 1968) continued his education at ArteZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, also in Arnhem. His work has been presented extensively in The Netherlands and other countries, including in solo exhibitions in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, Switzerland, the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Berkeley Art Museum (USA) and the Chicago Art Institute (USA). He has also shown during the Sao Paolo, Berlin and Venice Biennales, and at Dokumenta in Kassel. An impressive number of international museums have now acquired his works: Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent, Munich, Dublin, Zurich, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Manders previously received the Prix de Rome (1992) and the Philip Morris Art Prize (2002).

The lecture will be presented in English.

Reservations please, via mail@smba.nl

More information about the Heineken Prizes can be found on the Heineken Prizes website: heinekenprizes

More information about Mark Manders: www.mark manders.org