RM Young Blood Foundation x VandenEnde Foundation

As the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam comes alive for the 25th edition of Art Rotterdam, we at Galerie Ron Mandos are thrilled to celebrate our 25th anniversary in collaboration with the VandenEnde Foundation. This partnership highlights our shared dedication to nurturing young talent in the arts, a commitment that resonates deeply with our ethos. This year’s festival is not just a commemoration of a quarter-century of exceptional talent, but it also underscores our united effort with Art Rotterdam in championing the young art community.

Our gallery has been a nexus point for over thirty internationally recognized artists since its inception. A key initiative in this endeavor has been our Best of Graduates program, started in 2008, providing a platform for the most promising art academy graduates to showcase their final projects and build networks. In 2018, we further bolstered this support by establishing the Young Blood Foundation.

This year at Art Rotterdam, we are excited to present works from 25 artists who have been part of the Best of Graduates program over the past five years. This collection features new paintings by Matias Salgado, sculptures by Bart Pols, video art by Thom van Rijckevorsel, textile pieces by Marcos Kueh, and ceramics by Anni Mertens, all showcased in a unique booth designed by Tom Postma Design.

The VandenEnde Foundation, established in 2001 by Joop and Janine van den Ende, has been a significant supporter of these efforts. With their commitment to nurturing young talent and supporting cultural and educational projects across the Netherlands, the Foundation has made over a thousand generous contributions. This has been pivotal in fostering a vibrant cultural landscape. Their recent support of our project at Art Rotterdam and the Young Blood Foundation’s Best of Graduates program has been instrumental.

In the words of Ronald Ockhuysen, general manager of the VandenEnde Foundation: “It is our mission to make culture self-evident in our society, because it is not only beautiful and asks questions, but simply because it is of vital importance. Our dedication to stimulating young talent in the arts aligns perfectly with the character of Galerie Ron Mandos, which has been supporting young talent for years.”

As we participate in this year’s Art Rotterdam, the highlight the importance of our partnership with the VandenEnde Foundation and give them thanks for their vision and generosity.

Art Rotterdam 2024 | Booth 40
Preview Day: 31 January, 2024
Public Days: 1 February – 4 February, 2024
Location: Van Nelle Fabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, 3044 BC Rotterdam.
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