History

In 2024, Galerie Ron Mandos celebrates its 25th anniversary. For over two decades, the gallery has earned its place of prominence within the Dutch art scene. First opening its doors in Rotterdam in 1999, it has since accrued a roster of over 30 artists from around the globe, becoming an integral nexus-point for artists at all stages of their career. First opening its doors in Rotterdam in 1999, it has since accrued a roster of over 30 artists from around the globe, becoming an integral nexus-point for artists at all stages of their careers from established to recently graduated artists. In 2007, the gallery moved to its current location in the Amsterdam gallery district. Facilitated by its spacious venue, the gallery offers immersive installations and a wide-ranging program of international exhibitions, focusing on innovative developments in contemporary art.

Mission

The voices of an impressive assembly of established talent such as Daniel Arsham, Hans Op de Beeck, Isaac Julien, Remy Jungerman, and Erwin Olaf tell poignant stories and shape the core of our public debate. The gallery’s mission is to platform artworks that embody the sophisticated relationship between artist, artwork, and society. Throughout the gallery’s program, light is shed on the unexpected and previously hidden aspects of everyday experience, taking shape in large scale, immersive installations as well as in international group exhibitions.

Ron Mandos maintains a keen eye on art academies in search of young talent, offering a platform for their work in the annual Best of Graduates exhibition. In 2018, Ron Mandos established the Young Blood Foundation, a program that will foster the careers of graduates for years to come. Alongside these initiatives, the gallery has placed artworks in a variety of significant collections, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

In the twenty-five years since its conception, Galerie Ron Mandos has situated itself as an avid participator in national and international art fairs. Beyond exhibitions, the gallery regulerly publishes work, including Beyond Matter by Levi van Veluw and April fool 2020 by Erwin Olaf. Combined, these initiatives represent an imperative re-examination of art and our human condition, the gallery’s long-standing and ongoing objective.

Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation

Since 2008, Galerie Ron Mandos has been supporting young artistic talent by organizing the annual Best of Graduates exhibition. Here, the gallery highlights the best of each year’s graduating students and presents them to a large international public, as well as granting different kinds of prizes. In order to ensure a continuation of the tradition, and to continue offering a platform of this calibre to young, emerging artists, Ron Mandos has founded the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation.

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KunstKoop

The KunstKoop from the Mondriaan Fund offers individuals living in the Netherlands the possibility to purchase an artwork in monthly installments, without any interest. The aims of this service is to encourage private individuals to buy art and in in doing so to generally stimulate the art market. The program is widely used, with around 120 art galleries across the Netherlands participating, including Galerie Ron Mandos. For questions, please contact gallery director Sheila Verdegaal via sheila@ronmandos.nl.

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Gallery Fair Practice Code

Galerie Ron Mandos conforms to the Gallery Fair Practice Code. As of July 2023, this code is a permanent condition for galleries that want to offer the KunstKoop or receive a contribution for a foreign art fair from the Mondriaan Fund (Dutch national cultural fund). Together with the Dutch Gallery Association (Nederlandse Galerie Associatie – NGA), the Mondriaan Fund developed the code to strengthen the position of the artist in relation to the gallery.

The code:

1. The gallery in question records in writing the relationship between the gallery and the artist, including agreements regarding the duration of the agreement, prices and any applicable discounts. Other matters that may be recorded in this document include: monitoring and evaluation of the agreements, both parties’ targets (e.g. regarding international visibility), the relationship with a second gallery, agreements regarding the settlement of any discounts, regarding commissions from third parties, or the settlement of other expenses such as for transport, photography, insurance or the construction of an exhibition. Model contracts are available on the Dutch Gallery Association (NGA) website.

2. The artist remains the owner of their work until the full amount is paid to the gallery, with the exception of secondary trading. This also applies in the case of gallery bankruptcy or attachment.

3. The gallery shall transfer the full artist’s share of the sales price agreed with the customer within 60 days following the sale of the artist’s work, and provide the artist with the buyer’s name and contact details, and a copy of the invoice.

4. Unsold artworks in the charge of the gallery must always be returned to the artist within a month, if requested by the artist.

5. The relationship between galleries may involve competition and rivalry, but in the case of different galleries representing the same artist, the galleries should in all respects remain loyal to the interests of the artist in question. If a gallery exclusively represents an artist, thereby acting as their ‘mother gallery’, and another gallery would like to organise an exhibition with this artist, the involved parties should make written agreements regarding the conditions under which the exhibition can be held (see appendix for a Dutch Gallery Association (NGA) model contract).

6. The gallery is expected to be professional and competent, and to maintain this professionalism and competence.

7. The gallery vouches for the authenticity of the work that they are selling.* In the case that a work is adjudged to be fake by a recognised independent party, the customer may return the work to the gallery owner and have the amount paid for the work refunded.

8. A gallery states the following on their website: their objectives, programme, working method and the artists that they represent.

9. A gallery is expected to act in accordance with the Fair Practice Code (fairpracticecode.nl), which includes an assurance against inappropriate behaviour at the gallery and elsewhere.

*if desired, certificates of authenticity can be requested from the Dutch Gallery Association (NGA)