The Dutch artist Mark Manders has acquired world-wide acclaim for his ‘self-portrait as building’ concept. In this, his first solo exhibition in a Japanese museum, Manders has designed the whole exhibition space as a single work, the ‘building’. Each individual work in the exhibition is part of a larger whole, and while each can be viewed in isolation, it is as a whole that they develop greater meaning. It is a thought-provoking way to conceive of an exhibition, and the viewer’s understanding is further distorted by the concept of an imaginary self-portrait of a fictional Mark Manders, that entwines with the real artist creating the sculptures and objects on view. Personal memories and art historical references run through each work, promising a multitude of details and different meanings and experiences for each viewer.
Image: ©Mark Manders, Mind Study, 2010-11 Collection of Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht Courtesy: Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Photo: Peter Cox / Bonnefanten