The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art (EUR 50,000) has been awarded to Mark Manders, who works in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and Ronse, Belgium.
Manders is receiving the prize for his consistent use of imagery in creating an intriguing world of his own, one that leaves ample scope for free association and plants itself deep in the memory.
Work: Art as nature in freezing cold
Mark Manders is best known for his installations, for which he uses a variety of different materials, including wood, iron, plastic, rope, sand, paper and even teabags. He places familiar elements - a human figure, a chair, a table, a cat - together in mysterious compositions and leaves their interpretation to the viewer. Manders also produces drawings, sculptures, films, and writes poems. His works represent the flow of his own ideas and meditations.
>Manders regards his oeuvre as a single, cohesive project, which he refers to as his 'self-portrait as building'. It is not an autobiographical self-portrait, however, but a portrait of the artist as a fictional and (in his own words) 'over-concentrated, neurotic, poetic person, a character who lives in a logically designed and constructed world which consists of thoughts that are halted or congeal at their moment of greatest intensity'. The Dutch arts magazine Kunstbeeld suggested that Manders' best work 'becomes art the way nature turns in freezing cold: immaculate and isolated at the same time, tranquil and full of tension'.
Mark Manders was born in Volkel, the Netherlands, in 1968. He attended the School of Graphic Design in Arnhem and the Arnhem Academy of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited extensively in the Netherlands and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo (Netherlands), the Kunsthaus Zürich Museum for Modern Art, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited at the Sao Paolo, Berlin and Venice Biennales and at Dokumenta in Kassel. His work has also been acquired by an impressive number of museums in Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Arnhem, Antwerp, Ghent, Munich, Dublin, Zurich, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. Manders is a recipient of the Prix de Rome (1992) and the Philip Morris Art Prize (2002).
The Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art was established in 1988 and is awarded every other year to a promising Dutch artist whose work merits greater attention. Previous winners included Barbara Visser, Job Koelewijn, Daan van Golden, Aernout Mik, Guido Geelen and Marrie Bot.
>Various jury members for this prize are also members of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, acting here in a private capacity. The jury was chaired by Henk van Os.
The Heineken Prizes will be presented on Thursday 23 September 2010 during an extraordinary meeting of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.