Mark Manders

Room with Broken Sentence

Dutch Pavilion 
55th International Art Exhibition
la Biennale di Venezia
June 1st – November 24th 2013 

Room with Broken Sentence contains elements of Manders’ earlier work while highlighting new steps the artist is taking. The larger installations developed specially for the Rietveld pavilion reveal significant new aspects of the artist’s formal and conceptual vocabulary. 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 enigmatic visual impact. 

The Dutch entry at the 55th International Art Exhibition is a solo exhibition by one of the Netherlands’ most representative contemporary artists. Mark Manders launched his career in 1986 with a work entitled Self-Portrait as a Building: a floor plan of a building realised with pencils, pens and other writing implements. From this point onwards his art has revolved around the exploration of this inner building. 


Mark Manders (1968, Volkel) lives and works in Ronse (Belgium) and Arnhem (The Netherlands)