Lennard Dost & Mare van Koningsveld

Lennard Dost & Mare van Koningsveld

Lennard Dost (1976) and Mare van Koningsveld (1984) are Dutch curators and art critics and also work as organizers and advisors. They studied art history at the University of Groningen and currently live and work in Groningen. Lennard and Mare are especially interested in socially and politically engaged art practices. Very often they use a glocal approach, connecting the local community with global tendencies.

Mare Van Koningsveld writes for Dutch art journals like Metropolis M and Kunstbeeld. Together with Lennard she curated “Popview” (edition 2009; about music photography) and “Young Collectors” (2009-2011; with and about the collections of young European art collectors). In 2013 she organized the 6th edition of the Sybren Hellinga Art Prize – a prize to encourage beginning artists – for art initiative Kunsthuis SYB. Currently, she is a project organizer for CBK Groningen (Centre for Visual Arts) for which she makes project plans and organizes art projects in the public space. Mare is also an advisor for De Kunstraad, Groningen’s art council.

Lennard has written for Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and art magazines like Metropolis M and Kunstbeeld. Nowadays he writes for Belgian art journal H ART. Besides “Popview” (2008-2011) and “Young Collectors” (2009-2011), he curated “In Search of…”(2012; about the cultural legacy of Bas Jan Ader) and - as artistic director of VHDG in Leeuwarden - “Social Sound” (2013; about the social impact of music) and “Lexcion/Leksikon” (2013/2014; about accents, dialects and minority languages). Last year he was a curator-in-residence at das weisse haus in Vienna, Austria, during which he curated “WE ARE HERE BeCAUSE YOU WERE/ARE (t)HERE”, a group show about the current state of Europe and its symbolism. From 2011-2012 he worked as a project coordinator for art initiative Noordkaap, assisting with their exhibition projects in Munich, Istanbul and Cologne about the rise of populism. From 2011-2013 Lennard was advisor for national art fund the Mondriaan Foundation.

Last year they visited Malta as curators-in-residence, invited by Valletta2018 and the VIVA Festival, to do research for a project proposal. A jury selected their exhibition project plan “The Culture of Ageing” (about how different societies deal with ageing) which means it will be executed in Malta this year.

Artists they have worked with: Jeremy Deller, Matt Stokes, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Guido van der Werve, Slater Bradley, Anri Sala, Imogen Stidworthy, Elena Bajo, Libia Castro & Ólafur Olafsson, Ferhat Özgur and Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet.

In residence in Fire Station 8-21 June 2015

Photo credit: 
"Leeuwarder Complaints Choir, a concept by artists Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kallenen. As part of Social Sound, Leeuwarden, 2013. Photo © Pepijn van den Broeke "