“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. You will find no flamboyant sensational buildings here but rather a refreshing, unpretentious place to look at art and a subtle criticism of the art world.”
The Verbeke Foundation displays artworks from its collection and organizes temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. Two major group shows take place every year: one opens in the summer, the other in the wintertime. Nevertheless, new artworks may be seen all the time since the foundation is subject to an ongoing growth and transformation process. While large and small exhibitions are held at the foundation continuously, collages and assemblages from the collection are permanently displayed in a separate museum building.
The Verbeke Foundation is a place where visitors get a unique opportunity to take a look behind the scenes, watch mounting and taking down the exhibitions as the museum team carries out their duties during the opening hours. Moreover, artists in residence stay and work at the foundation on a regular basis. Therefore, visitors may also witness how artists discuss and develop various projects.
Recently, the Verbeke Foundation has launched a series of artists monographs. Every year the foundation publishes several books which cover both established and emerging artists.
- Stan Wannet, Rational Animal
- Jan Kersschot, Bodyscapes
- Jan Goossen, builder of sculptures
- Daniel Spoerri, Objet Oblige
- Roger Van de Wouwer, L’Incorruptible
- Zoro Feigl, The mechanics
- Wim Taciturn, 100% collages