Polder Cup

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Polder Cup – a project by Maider López

With projects and interventions in the public space, Maider López breaks traditional behavioural patterns. By introducing new rules she addresses people as individuals and as members of a community. Her projects stimulate interaction and communication: between artists and art institutes, governments and social groups and ultimately, between individuals themselves.

With Polder Cup, López playfully combined the Dutch love for football, water and consensus culture. In the polders near Ottoland, she painted football pitches on the surrounding pastureland. Ditches cut right across the pitches, forcing players to come up with new rules and tactics.

In Polder Cup, the football game is reduced to endless negotiation. It is a wink to the notorious Dutch bureaucratic culture, also referred to as the ‘polder model’. The game brought together individuals with different backgrounds and perspectives (from football players to art lovers), all of them were at the mercy of the unusual rules especially created for the event.

The publication documents the complete tournament and presents a playful model as well as a serious proposal for using disruption to break traditional patterns.



—Year Published


Published by
SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain post editions

Liesbeth Melis, SKOR

Stefanie Grätz, Paloma Polo, Job Janssen, Isabelle Hennings-Backer, Max Dereta, Maider López

Ilse van Rijn, Anne-Claire Schmitz, Theo Tegelaers

Sara Pineda, Paula Mártinez Terán, Maramara, Mark Poysden and Leo Reijnen

Text Revision
Liesbeth Melis, SKOR, Natalia Barbería

Graphic Design
Joaquín Gáñez

Leitzaran Grafikak


9789080640801 (English / Dutch edition)

9789080640856 (Spanish / Basque edition)

hardcover | 120 pp | 23 x 16.5 cm