Show Off is honored to host MATERIAL WORLD, a group exhibition curated by Radek Vana that kicks off the series Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation presents. This series aims to explore the rich history of the famed annual Best of Graduates exhibitions, which since 2009 have been a prime platform for the most promising graduates from Dutch art academies.
MATERIAL WORLD, initiated in collaboration between Galerie Ron Mandos, curator Radek Vana, and Show Off, takes as a starting point a basic element of all artistic practice. As almost all artists handle materials in their work, the exhibition brings together four Best of Graduates alumni for whom the physicality of their used materials and manual labor are an inherent part of their practice. All artists will show new and recent works.
The exhibition MATERIAL WORLD will be officially opened by Ron Mandos, founder of Galerie Ron Mandos and initiator of Best of Graduates. In 2018, he established the Ron Mandos Young Blood Foundation to continue offering a platform for young and emerging artists in the shape of the annual Best of Graduates exhibition(s) and the Ron Mandos Young Blood Talent Award. This platform supports young artists at the start of their career, offering them an environment that fosters their talents. The Foundation sets to offer vital support at this critical and defining stage in the artists’ careers.