Untitled (2001) Mark Manders

Pieter Vandermeer
About the artwork

On the Weenapoint building on the Kruisplein, near the place where you would normally expect a street sign, there was a work by Mark Manders. Three rodents, more an archetype of a rodent, hung on their tails under a wooden beam. Like the animals, this beam is made of bronze, but painted with a wood structure and color. The sculpture was a permanent part of a multiple project. In the week of the unveiling of the image, Manders published a newspaper that was distributed door-to-door. In addition to some poems, this newspaper mainly contained photo prints. These showed the rodents on the Kruisplein and were interspersed with prints of temporary interventions that Manders had done in the public space. It also contained portraits of Angus Taggart from the UK, a 15-year-old photographed by the artist, because his face had a multicultural appearance. The newspaper gave an idea of ​​the thought world of this boy and suggested that the sculpture came from this boy. Angus acted as an alter ego of Manders. The artist Mark Manders, who only exists in an artificial world, is in turn an alter ego of the person Mark Manders. In 2009 the work has been removed due to the restructuring of the Station area and the redevelopment of the Weenapoint building. The "Rats."", as the work is popularly called, are stored in the depot and are awaiting a new location. For more information: Sculpture International Rotterdam.

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About the artist

Mark Manders' oeuvre (Vonkel, 1968) consists of installations, drawings and sculptures, which he combines into installations and 'Gesamtkunstwerken', which he often presents under the name 'Self-portrait as a building'. The installations are representations of his ideas and thoughts. In 1993 his work was shown in Park Sonsbeek and in 2013 he represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. His work is included in various museum collections.

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