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Machinations at Verbeke

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Machinations at Verbeke

The sculpture garden and museum of the Verbeke Foundation present a collection that is equally quirky and at one with nature. Characterised by its focus on- collages and assemblages; and “Bio-Art”, derailing in the Verbeke landscape means wandering amongst the nature that embraces the art.

Just lie on your back in the Dome to gaze at clouds or stroll bare foot through the mulled sands of the glasshouses. Intuition and exploration is nurtured which inevitably leads to dialogues with the deciduous and unpolished world. The installations built in situ accommodate places where meaningful experiences can be shared. You learn to relax, it widens your perspective and promotes social cohesion. This down-to-earth experience at Verbeke is accompanied by a guide that slows down the walking tempo and activates the sensory perception. Intensifying attention and consciousness calms the mind and resets the pace.

The foundation’s repurposed site, the former Verbeke transport agency, includes warehouses which were converted into unique exhibition halls. One of the buildings was furnished to exhibit the diverse collage and assemblage collection, on rotation. Currently under the title Magical Collages, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam shows more than 300 works from this collection.

Other exhibitions are held at the museum with a summer and winter rotation. Subject to ongoing growth and transformation processes, Geert Verbeke happily claims over and over, “collecting is a disease”. To further engage with contemporary art and the land in which they inhibit, the foundation offers an artist in residence program for both established and emerging artists.

Opening this Sunday, November 24 from 3pm and continuing until April 5, 2020, is the foundation’s winter program. This will see a solo show, Machinations, by Paul de Vylder; a rehang of the collage museum; book presentations; films; and other projects. The following images are a mixed selection of the upcoming program, new acquisitions, permanent installations unseen on IC, and works from the 2019 summer cycle, Coming Full Circle.

View previous Collection Features with the Verbeke Foundation on IC from 2017 and 2016.

PAUL DE VYLDER, Jane's Dreamboat/Hocus Pocus
PAUL DE VYLDER, Jane's Dreamboat/Hocus Pocus
PAUL DE VYLDER, Triptiek (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PAUL DE VYLDER, Triptiek (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PAUL DE VYLDER, Triptiek (detail). Photo: Tineke-Schuurmans
PAUL DE VYLDER, Triptiek (detail). Photo: Tineke-Schuurmans
PAUL DE VYLDER, Voor Wagner (exhibition view). Photo: Tineke-Schuurmans
PAUL DE VYLDER, Voor Wagner (exhibition view). Photo: Tineke-Schuurmans
THIJS VAN DER LINDEN, Handgevlochten Monumentale Haag (Hand-Braided Monumental Hedge), 2019
THIJS VAN DER LINDEN, Handgevlochten Monumentale Haag (Hand-Braided Monumental Hedge), 2019
PAUL DE VYLDER, Let Petit Psychanalyste, 1991
PAUL DE VYLDER, Let Petit Psychanalyste, 1991
EWERDT HILGEMANN, Imploded Hanging Cube. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
EWERDT HILGEMANN, Imploded Hanging Cube. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
EWERDT HILGEMANN, Belgian Connection (research & design Nacho Vilaplana), 2019 (book cover)
EWERDT HILGEMANN, Belgian Connection (research & design Nacho Vilaplana), 2019 (book cover)
ANSSI PULKKINEN, Street View (Reassembled). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANSSI PULKKINEN, Street View (Reassembled). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
FRANS NEELS, De erfenis, 1991 (collage)
FRANS NEELS, De erfenis, 1991 (collage)
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
AENEAS WILDER, Dome. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
JOSÉ DELHAYE, collage. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
JOSÉ DELHAYE, collage. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (detail). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (installation view). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (installation view). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (installation view). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ANNIE DEBIE, Het Laatste Avondmaal (The Last Supper) (installation view). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, CasAnus, 2007. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, CasAnus, 2007. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, CasAnus, 2007. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
ATELIER VAN LIESHOUT, CasAnus, 2007. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARIUS RITIU, Science For The Masses. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARIUS RITIU, Science For The Masses. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, De Wolk. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, De Wolk. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, De Wolk. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, De Wolk. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, sculpture. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
GUST ROMIJN, sculpture. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PIETER CELIE, JACKY DE MAEYER, EDDY NOLF. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PIETER CELIE, JACKY DE MAEYER, EDDY NOLF. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PIETER CELIE, 1982. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
PIETER CELIE, 1982. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
WILL VAN ROOSMALEN, Walter Beckers. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
WILL VAN ROOSMALEN, Walter Beckers. Verbeke Foundation, Collage Museum, new purchases, 2019. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
KO DE JONGE, Mailart (exhibition view of
KO DE JONGE, Mailart (exhibition view of "Coming Full Circle", 2019, Verbeke Foundation). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
Mass Moving, RAPHAEL AUGUST OPSTAELE, Phoenix, 1982-83. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
Mass Moving, RAPHAEL AUGUST OPSTAELE, Phoenix, 1982-83. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
KLAAS BULLYNCK, Omen. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
KLAAS BULLYNCK, Omen. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
LOUIS DE CORDIER, Belly. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
LOUIS DE CORDIER, Belly. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
LINE DUCERF, collage. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
LINE DUCERF, collage. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARTIN UIT DEN BOGAARD, Cow (from the series “Archiflab”, 1989-2015). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARTIN UIT DEN BOGAARD, Cow (from the series “Archiflab”, 1989-2015). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARTIN UIT DEN BOGAARD, Cow (from the series “Archiflab”, 1989-2015). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARTIN UIT DEN BOGAARD, Cow (from the series “Archiflab”, 1989-2015). Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
STAN WANNET, From One Of Our Reporters. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
STAN WANNET, From One Of Our Reporters. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARK VERSTOCKT, zt, 1989. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARK VERSTOCKT, zt, 1989. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MAARTEN VANDEN EYNDE, The Other Side II. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MAARTEN VANDEN EYNDE, The Other Side II. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans

The Verbeke Foundation is included in the Art Guide.