Venice Biennale, The Nationals: The Netherlands

View of Mark Manders's Room with Broken Sentence.


For those who have the 55th Venice Biennale on their itineraries, we offer quick picks in the form of slide shows, appearing over the coming days, of one- and two-person shows at the national pavilions. With 88 countries participating, 10 for the first time, it’s impossible to be comprehensive. So we aim to serve visitors with limited time, attending just the two main venues: Giardini and Arsenale. Wherever you wander in Venice, however, keep your eyes peeled for the red Biennale logo, signaling nationals tucked into churches and palazzi.

Photos by Paola Ferrario.

NO NEWS: THE NETHERLANDS (Giardini) In addition to his signature fragmented neo-Classical figures in painted epoxy and wood, Mark Manders has created for his Room with Broken Sentence hundreds of fake newspapers deploying all the words in the English language just once, with no grammar or syntax. Presented in stacks and papering the walls, they defy readability.

Mark Manders’s exhibition is curated by Lorenzo Benedetti.