• Nieuwe Vide

    Nieuwe Vide is an art space located in Haarlem, The Netherlands. Nieuwe Vide includes an exhibition space and project space. But we host 25 studios in the building as well. The studios are rented by artists, animation studios, graphic designers, copy writers, a violin builder and so on. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nieuwe Vide [...]

  • Curatorial residency at Fire Station (Dublin, Ireland)

    In the beginning of 2015 Mare van Koningsveld & I responded to an open call for curators. The call was initiated by Fire Sation in Dublin. Fire Station is located in the north east inner city of Dublin. “The Fire Station Artists’ Studios was established in 1993 to provide support for professional visual artists.”Fire Station [...]

  • The Culture of Ageing

    [slideshow id=34] Photos © Lennard Dost Curators: Lennard Dost & Mare van Koningsveld ‘An ageing population represents one of the most significant demographic and socioeconomic developments that Maltese society will be facing in the coming decades. As a result of declining fertility and mortality levels and major improvements in life expectancy and healthy life years, [...]

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    WE ARE HERE BeCAUSE YOU WERE/ARE (t)HERE

    [slideshow id=28] Photos © eSeL.at In the summer of 2014 I responded to an open call for international curators, initiated by studio das weisse haus in Vienna. The curator that would be selected would reside in a studio at das weisse haus from 22nd of September till 23rd of November 2014. I sent a proposal [...]

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    VHDG/SRV

    [slideshow id=32] Photos © Ruben van Vliet VHDG/SRV Curator: Lennard Dost VHDG/SRV is a project initiated by art initiative VHDG in 2013, when I was still curator at VHDG. As I found it a pity that VHDG didn’t have a residency, I came up with the idea for a mobile residency. So, VHDG converted an [...]

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    Curatorial residency in Valletta, Malta

    [slideshow id=33] Photos © Lennard Dost In 2014 Mare van Koningsveld and I responded to an open call for emerging Dutch curators. The call was initiated by V.18, Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018. In the end two Dutch curators would get the opportunity to come to Valletta (Malta) in 2014. Luckily, Mare & I [...]

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    Incredible Travel Experiences

    [slideshow id=29]Photos © Lennard Dost Incredible Travel Experiences Curator: Lennard Dost The Incredible Travel Experiences exhibition opened at CBK Drenthe (Assen, The Netherlands) on the 5th of April 2014. The exhibition was about personal travel experiences as seen though the eyes of artists. I curated the exhibition on invitation of Toos Arends (at the time [...]

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    Lexicon/Leksikon

    [slideshow id=30]Photos © Hans Jellema Lexicon/Leksikon Curator: Lennard Dost On Saturday the 30th of November 2013 the Lexicon/Leksikon exhibition opened, which was about accents and local languages. How do we make use of language in specific communities, how do we define ourselves via language, and how do we distinct ourselves form others via language? What [...]

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    Social Sound

    [slideshow id=21] Photos © Pepijn van den Broeke Social Sound Curator: Lennard Dost Pop culture – ans specifically: music – is very present in Leeuwarden, the city in the Northern part of Holland, where I used to work as curator at art initiative VHDG. There’s the Academy for Pop Culture, there are festivals like ‘Welcome [...]

  • Nature Now

    [slideshow id=14] Photos © Lennard Dost In the summer of 2012 I worked as projectcoordinator at CBK Drenthe in Assen, The Netherlands. I a.o. helped the team out with organizing the Nature Now exhibition, curated by CBK Drenthe director Toos Arends. The project was about contemporary visions on nature. We make use of nature, without [...]

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    In Search of…

    [slideshow id=16] Photos © Pepijn van den Broeke In Search of… Curators: Lennard Dost & Daniël Dennis de Wit Context Just like Bas Jan Ader, I originate from Winschoten, a small town in the province of Groningen (The Netherlands). Because of this shared background, I’ve Always felt I ‘had’ to do something with Ader. Ader [...]

  • Noordkaap

    [slideshow id=8] Photos © Roel Weenink Context In 2011-2012 art initiative Noordkaap (Dordrecht, The Netherlands) researched the rise of populism in Europe. As part of this research several European cities were paid a visit: Istanbul, Munich, Cologne, Lisbon, Budapest. In these cities Noordkaap wanted to research how populism manifestated itself, and how artists dealt with [...]

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    Young Collectors

    [slideshow id=9] Photos © SIGN Young Collectors Curators: Lennard Dost & Mare van Koningsveld In 2009 the Young Collectors program started at SIGN (Groningen), of which Mare van Koningsveld and I were curators + initiators. Young Collectors did research the function and role of young art collectors in the art world, and consisted of a [...]

  • Popview + Lex van Rossen Award

    [slideshow id=1] Photos © Lennard Dost Popview + Lex van Rossen Award Curators + initiators: Lennard Dost & Floor Boogaart Mare van Koningsveld & Philippus Zandstra were also part of the organisation/curators of Popview + Lex van Rossen Award editie 2009. Background Music photographers are living in difficult times. At concerts they often are only [...]

  • Reading the Drawing – Narrative in Contemporary Art and Comics

    [slideshow id=13] Photos © Lennard Dost Reading the Drawing – Narrative in Contemporary Art and Comics Curators: Lennard Dost & Tsjalling Venema The first exhibition I ever curated was Reading the Drawing – Narrative in Contemporary Art and Comics at SIGN, Groningen (co-curated with Tsjalling Venema, at present owner of With Tsjalling Gallery, Groningen, The [...]

About Lennard Dost

Independent advisor/organiser, freelance art critic/curator. Did study Management, Economy and Law at Hanzehogeschool Groningen (Groningen, The Netherlands) and afterwards Art History at Royal University Groningen (Groningen, The Netherlands). Writes/wrote about contemporary art, a.o. for Het Financieele Dagblad, De Volkskrant and hART (Belgium). Has been advisor at Mondriaan Fund (2011 - 2013). Since January 2014 is member of the Werkveldadviesraad (WAR) of Academy Minerva (Groningen, The Netherlands). Since 1st of May 2015 is director/curator at Nieuwe Vide (3,5 days a week). www.nieuwevide.nl

Works in Haarlem (The Netherlands). Lives in Leiden (The Netherlands). Available for commissions, a.o. on a freelance basis.

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Yael Bartana…and Europe will be stunned

Vorig jaar was het- terecht – de hit op de Biënnale van Venetië, maar toch ontstond er ook commotie over het nieuwe werk van kunstenaar Yael Bartana. Bartana, van oorsprong Israëlisch, maar met Poolse, Joodse en Wit-Russische voorouders, doet in haar nieuwste filmdrieluik, nu te zien in het Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), een oproep aan Poolse [...]

The Emperor’s New Clothes

De titel is vaak al het halve werk. En soms zelfs meer. Neem Damien Hirst’ haai op sterk water, “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living ” (1991). Had Hirst zijn kunstwerk “haai op sterk water” genoemd, dan had waarschijnlijk niemand er naar omgekeken. Juist die titel geeft de sculptuur gewicht. Hetzelfde geldt voor [...]

Artur Zmijewski – Democracies

Democracies (2009) heet de video-installatie van Artur Zmijewski (Warschau, 1966) die onlangs door De Hallen (Haarlem) werd aangekocht, en nu voor het eerst in zijn geheel wordt getoond. Het werk bestaat uit een serie van twintig korte films, door de kunstenaar opgenomen tijdens demonstraties, parades en oorlogsherdenkingen. Als je in de zaal bent, waar het [...]

Matt Stokes – The Distant Sound

Het is op dit moment een enorme hit op internet: een Death metal versie van de bubblegum pophit Friday van Rebecca Black. De cover staat nog maar een paar dagen online op Youtube, maar is in die tijd al meer dan 2 miljoen keer bekeken. Het nummer van Black wordt door popjournalisten beschouwd als één [...]

Eén windvlaag en de boel stort in

Human Comfort heet de tentoonstelling van kunstenaar Rob Voerman (1966) die nu is te zien in het Cobra Museum in Amstelveen. Eenmaal op de bovenverdieping van het museum, waar de expositie plaatsvindt, blijkt die titel behoorlijk misleidend. Voerman stelt de toeschouwer namelijk helemaal niet gerust. Sterker nog, in zijn wereld is de bom inmiddels gevallen, [...]