Twelve years in the making, finally finished: Mark Manders at Zeno X (Antwerp)
I don’t know why it gets to me, but every time I see his work, it does. A combination of fragility, beauty, childish naivety, a touch of elusiveness and mystery? Something like that? Anyway: two of his works have just been bought by Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht), the centre piece of his exhibition at the Dutch pavilion in Venice last year, has been acquired by MoMA (New York), and a new work of his will be installed in Central Park (NY) in the autumn, following a commission of the Public Art Fund. So, Mark Manders must be doing something right. His current show at Zeno X (Antwerp, through May 31) comprises Staged Android (reduced to 88%), presented at Documenta 11 (2002). The Belgium-based Dutch artist has continued to work on the piece and now, 12 years later, he considers it to be fully completed. And pay close attention, if you visit this small but excellent exhibition: what looks like clay, is often painted bronze. Manders currently has an exhibition in Italy too, at Collezioni Maramotti (the ‘Max Mara’ collection) in Reggio Emilia. The reason why I’m saying this, is because a part of thát collection is presently on view at Maison Particulière (Brussels, through June 29). More images of the Zeno X works here.