The Dr. A.H. Heineken Stichting voor de Kunst and Witte de With invite you for the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art lecture by artist Yvonne Dröge Wendel.

Things, object and artifacts are recurrent themes in Yvonne Dröge Wendel’s career. In 1992, she married and took the name of ‘Wendel', a closet she inherited from her mother. In 1994, she had her Renault 16TL blessed in Rome. Since 2000, numerous performances took place involving Black Ball, an enormous ball of felted wool. This work was on view in Leeuwarden, Bolzano, Newcastle, Istanbul, Odense, Johannesburg and Rotterdam. At the beginning of 2008, Dröge Wendel set up Item Store: a shop for things that had yet to be defined. At the moment, she works on her new work Denk Tank, literally a Think Tank.

On 29 September 2016, Yvonne Dröge Wendel was awarded the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art 2016. The jury unanimously praised Dröge Wendel for her originality, vitality and innovation, and her both playful and philosophical research into the relation between man and things. Her practice is illustrated in this short video by Henk Visser (DigiEmotion).

Traditionally, the laureate lectures at a personally favored location. Dröge Wendel chose Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, where she had her first group show in 1996: Voorwerk 5.

In her lecture, Yvonne Dröge Wendel will dive deeper into her research into objects’ relational and performative capacity. Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, expert New Media & Digital Culture at Het Nieuwe Instituut, will respond to Yvonne Dröge Wendel’s work, followed by a talk with the artist, moderated by Yoeri Meessen, Associate Director Education & Public Affairs Witte de With.

Please join us after the program for drinks.

Prior to the lecture, please also visit Witte de With's current exhibitions: the group show  In the Belly of the Whale; Kasper Bosmans — Decorations; Fabian Bechtle and Adriana Ramic — Rome Was Built For A Day, and; Mark Geffriaud — two thousand fifteen .

About the Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs for Art

The Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art is awarded bi-annualy. It’s the largest prize for the visual arts in the Netherlands and is financed by a private fund, the Dr. A.H. Heineken Foundation for the Arts. In 2016, the prize was awarded for the 15th time. It comprises of a sculpture, a publication and/or exhibition (worth 50.000 euro), and a sum of 50.000 euro. Under the former laureates are: Mark Manders, Barbara Visser, Job Koelewijn, Peter Struycken, Daan van Golden, Aernout Mik, Guido Geelen and Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
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