Independent Collectors

Collection in Motion

“Our exhibition space does not aim to be an oasis."

MARIUS RITIU, Science for the Masses, 2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARIUS RITIU, Science for the Masses, 2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans

“Our exhibition space does not aim to be an oasis. Our presentation is unfinished, in motion, unpolished, contradictory, untidy, complex, inharmonious, living and unmonumental, like the world outside of the museum walls.”

Founded in 2007 by the art collectors Geert and Carla Verbeke-Lens, the Verbeke Foundation is a private art site which is a little bit different to your “classical” museum. Located on a twelve-hectare art park, the Verbeke Foundation is made up of storage buildings and greenhouses that make up a whopping 20 000 square meters of exhibition space.

What began as a collection of collages and various assemblages has now turned into an inspiring collection of “Bio-Art” – art that includes living animals (of course none are injured when making the artwork), plants and scenes, with visitors being encouraged to spend the entire day, and potentially the night, immersed in unorthodox art. Whilst this “Bio-Art” is at the heart of the collection, collecting collage and assemblages remain as the soul of the Verbeke Foundation, not only through the works but also the philosophy that belongs to them.

The Verbeke Foundation goes beyond the realm of the conventional private collection, resembling more of a living organism than just an exhibition space, with the location and artworks growing and transforming from one day to the next, creating a truly organic and individual experience for every visitor.

In their first presentation of their collection on Independent Collectors, we present artworks from the Verbeke Foundation’s private collection.

HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016. Photo: picarus-eu
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016. Photo: picarus-eu
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
HERMAN DE VRIES, in memoriam de koeien, 2015-2017
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016
MARINUS BOEZEM, 1584 La Cistercienne 'Baudelo Ghent, 2016
MARCEL MARIËN, Le Taj Mahal, 1984
MARCEL MARIËN, Le Taj Mahal, 1984
PAUL JOOSTENS, Hommage to Rose Marie Malet
PAUL JOOSTENS, Hommage to Rose Marie Malet
É. L. T. MESENS, Black Passion, 1957
É. L. T. MESENS, Black Passion, 1957
VERBEKE FOUNDATION, Collages & Assemblages
VERBEKE FOUNDATION, Collages & Assemblages
VERBEKE FOUNDATION, Collages & Assemblages
VERBEKE FOUNDATION, Collages & Assemblages
A selection of collages by MARCEL MARIËN. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
A selection of collages by MARCEL MARIËN. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
selection of collages by KAREN JOOSTENS. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
selection of collages by KAREN JOOSTENS. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MAARTEN VANDEN EYNDE, Cosmic Connection, 2016. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
MAARTEN VANDEN EYNDE, Cosmic Connection, 2016. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
STAN WANNET, From One of Our Reporters. Installation view from the exhibition "ANIMAL – MAN – MACHINE". Courtesy the Collage Museum, Verbeke Foundation. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
STAN WANNET, From One of Our Reporters. Installation view from the exhibition "ANIMAL – MAN – MACHINE". Courtesy the Collage Museum, Verbeke Foundation. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
INDIVIDUAL AND MASS MOVING/RAPHAEL OPSTAELE, Pioneer, 1980. Installation view from the exhibition "ANIMAL – MAN – MACHINE". Courtesy the Collage Museum, Verbeke Foundation. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans
INDIVIDUAL AND MASS MOVING/RAPHAEL OPSTAELE, Pioneer, 1980. Installation view from the exhibition "ANIMAL – MAN – MACHINE". Courtesy the Collage Museum, Verbeke Foundation. Photo: Tineke Schuurmans

The Verbeke Foundation is included in the Art Guide.

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