Parallel Occurrence is an exhibition comprising eight works by the younger-generation Dutch artist Mark Manders. Since 1986 Manders has been working on Self-Portrait as a Building, an ongoing investigation that evolves with each subsequent presentation. Since 1990 he has presented exhibitions of installation-based sculptural works which are fragments of his ‘self-portrait’ designed for imaginary rooms. Manders sculptures also frequently lie on the ground: from the smooth fox with mouse attached to the large Etruscan-like clay figures, all look like the sleeping victims of gravity. This exhibition embraces and reflects the architecture of the Royal Hospital, as the artist has created new works responding to the environment of the Museum. These works are supplemented by drawings and installations from Manders studio as well as including his iconic piece Parallel Occurrence from the collection of the Art Institute, Chicago. Ultimately, Manders has built a private iconography of forms, sculptures and images that are constantly repeated and re-combined.
A publication, with essays by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Curator of Contemporary Art, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, and Marta Kuzma, Curator of Manifesta 5, accompanies the exhibition.
Please follow the link to view the essay from the catalogue by Rachael Thomas: